The appearance of your scar can go on improving for up to one year when it matures fully.

Most scars heal well & are often flat & hardly visible.

A few scars, depending on the site & genetic predisposition of the person, thicken & may become very hard. To reduce the chance of this you can take some simple measures:

  • Avoid exposing the operation site to the sun - for at least three (or preferably six) months after the operation. If you wish you can cover the scar with skin coloured micropore adhesive tape (available from chemists) to protect it from the sun. This will also apply pressure to the scar, which seems to help improve the cosmetic effect.
  • After the wound has healed to make a secure scar, (about 3-4 weeks), gently massage the scar, by moving it over the underlying structures, rather than rubbing the scar itself, for up to 5 minutes many times a day, if at all possible.
  • Moisturise the scar by applying a moisturising cream, (any good preparation used for daily skin care) to the area. Alternatives are pure white soft paraffin BP or Vaseline, - both available from Chemists. You can start this after the sutures are removed and for a good 6 months if at all possible.
  • Apply silicone, in the form of a gel or patches to the scar. These can be purchased from large chemists, e.g. Boots which makes their own brand labelled Scar Reduction Pad. Other brands are Elastoplast Scar Reduction Patches and Cica-Care made by Smith and Nephew. They have a website which provides information regarding care of scars - Dermatix is a gel which is easy to apply and dries to simulate a patch. The longer the patch stays in contact with the scar the better the result. Please read the instructions on the packets carefully before use.