The appearance of the incision after craniosynostosis surgery, and scarring in the future, depends on the type of surgery your child had. Incisions heal very quickly in infants, and scars are usually minimal and covered by hair. Children who have open surgery will have a longer scar than those who have the endoscopic procedure.
Endoscopic: Your child will have a 3 to 4 cm incision (about an inch and a half) over their affected suture. Incisions are closed during surgery with dissolvable stitches.
Cranial Vault Reconstruction: Your child will have a zig-zag incision from ear to ear. Incisions are closed during surgery with dissolvable stitches. The incision is designed to blend in once your child’s hair grows back over the incision line. These photos show the incision shortly after surgery, then a year later.