When I made the decision to completely remove my thryoid via total thyroidectomy I was really worried about the scar. I jokingly told people I would say the scar was from a knife fight, but really my vain side was terrified of having an ugly red line across my throat. I even Googled total thyroidectomy scar and that was no help as the pictures others posted were not reassuring. I scheduled family photos thinking it would be my last without an ugly scar and then prepared for a life of covering my neck.
Well I am happy to report almost 2 years later I do not have a big ugly red scar, I have a very thin hard to see line that blends easily and is not noticed by hardly anyone. I had an excellent surgeon who made the incision in a fold on my neck and then I was crazy about my scar. I kept it covered for the first year with absolutely no sun exposure as in turtlenecks, scarfs and hats always plus thick sunblock from a stick. I also rubbed vitamin E on daily once it was healed. So if you found this post because you Googled total thyroidectomy scar and you too are facing a total thyroidectomy because of Graves Disease I hope this makes you feel better, check out the video and know it doesn’t have to be a big ugly red scar