A good scar management routine usually involves a combination of applying silicone gel, massaging with bio oil, using tape on the wound and keeping the area out of the sun for several months’ post surgery. The exact routine prescribed will depend on the procedure performed,Continue reading
We recommend a silicone based scar gel as there is strong scientific evidence that silicone improves scar outcomes.
Massaging the scar daily can help reduce sensitivity and pain – scars can be uncomfortable and painful for the first month after surgery as they heal.
The sun does not technically make the scar worse, however your scar will be more susceptible to sun damage than undamaged skin. Hence it is important to wear sun protection daily on the scar.
The scar healing process will generally take between 9-12 months after which point it will become a mature, pale scar if it has healed well.
A cortisone injection can be useful in treating hypertrophic and keloid scars as it can help to dissolve excess collagen and create a flattened appearance.
If you develop a complication such as stretching, keloid or hypertrophic scarring, this will normally be evident by the 6 month mark, which is a good time to consider scar revision surgery.
No scar can be completely eradicated, however every effort is taken to significantly improve its appearance.
If Scar revision surgery is required, your sutures are usually removed 5-14 days post surgery. At this appointment our practice nurse will advise you on when and how to start your scar management protocol at home.