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Facial branding on a child- legibility over time?

Location: Fantasy country similar to Spain, but this isn't that important.

Time: Approximately early 19th century, but this isn't hugely important either.

Search terms used: 'scarification' and 'branding' on both Wikipedia and the BMEzine wiki (also looked at connected articles such as 'human branding'), and variations on 'scar + child growth' and 'burn scar + child growth' on Google. I also looked through BME's scarification gallery, and found this on BME's QOD section, which fits my question but doesn't really give me an answer...

The question: I have a character who, at the age of 9 or 10, was branded on the forehead. (I haven't yet decided whether he will be branded with an entire word or just an initial- that will probably depend on what answers I get. Regardless, the letter(s) are initially about an inch high.)

Fast-forward to nine years later, when he shows the brand to another character.

From what I can tell, scars often stretch as the person grows, but I can't seem to find anything more concrete than that. How visible and legible would his brand be likely to be by now?

ETA: I've had a quick think about his complexion, and I've realised I actually need to ask two questions: how legible would it be at first (when he's ridiculously pale), and how legible would it be if/when he gets somewhat tanned later? (I'm guessing it would be easier to see on tanned skin, but I'd like to be sure!)

ETA #2: It looks like I've been making this complicated for everyone, so here's my attempt at a better explanation: this character has naturally olive skin, but as he hardly ever goes outside during daylight (for rather tl;dr reasons that aren't really relevant, although I'll explain if people ask!), he has become very pale. I've been assuming that given enough exposure to sunlight, he'd eventually go back to his natural olive complexion... (But I may be wrong, so please feel free to correct me!)

ETA #3: I think I'm sorted now. Thanks a lot, folks!
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