Now, I know that the Wampa scene was apparently introduced to account for Hamill's changed nose from his recent car accident but it does seem possible that after the Bacta tank treatment and some other Medical Droid attention, he was completely healed of them, then why isn't this the case with Anakin? Did he just think that the scar looked cool and leave it there?

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Edit: Apparently the wampa scene was written even before the accident, so it really is possible to heal very deep scars in the galaxy far, far away, which makes me wonder why Anakin (and then Vader) still had theirs.

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    For the same reason as here and here? Jan 2, 2017 at 17:41
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    Also Darth Vader has much more extensive scarring than here. Jan 2, 2017 at 17:45
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    It just ocurred to me that maybe Anakin being a Jedi at that point was the biggest reason, to heal scars would be to be vain and to want to preserve one's looks, Luke wasn't a fully fledged Jedi when he got scarred so he obviously had no issue with healing his face. Jan 2, 2017 at 17:54
  • Also, because he's a schmuck. Jan 2, 2017 at 18:33
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    Because chicks dig scars.
    – Valorum
    Jan 2, 2017 at 19:18

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The film's official novelisation indicates that he may have intentionally kept it in order to provide himself with a constant reminder not to become complacent.

She reached up to the burn-scar high on his cheek. “You were hurt...”

“Nothing serious,” he said with half a smile. “Just an unfriendly reminder to keep up with my lightsaber practice.”

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Official Novelisation

  • In Legends, Jedi Master Even Piell also kept his one eye for a similar reason as a reminder. Apr 23, 2017 at 9:13

Anakin's scar was inflicted by Asajj Ventress' lightsaber, so maybe lightsaber scars can't be healed.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. This seems very speculative; do you have any evidence that lightsaber wounds are special?
    – DavidW
    Apr 11, 2021 at 14:58

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