It is important to keep scar(s) protected with a water-resistant sunscreen using the minimum of SPF 15 for one year. This will reduce the potential of hyper-pigmentation (darkening) of the scarred area. It is recommended that you apply sunscreen to any exposed area and apply a second coat to your scar. Reapply after water exposure or prolonged exposure to the sun.
If you were instructed to use any scar cream, you will apply 2-3 times each day for 6-8 weeks. While applying you should aggressively massage the area(s) you are applying the cream to. This will reduce the potential for hypertrophic scarring, commonly known as Keloid scarring. Scar creams, such as Mederma, can be purchased at any pharmacy retailer. We also sell a physician strength scar cream that will be more effective than the over the counter brands. If you are interested in purchasing your scar cream from our office, please let us know.
You may also take Vitamin E 400 unit dose 2 times per day for 6 months to 1 year.