Taking care of your scars after surgery is very important. We recommend you keep the 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. EltaMD™ is a sun care line that includes a complete spectrum of sun care products, one for every skin type and unique need.
We also recommend the use of three types of scar management. Please talk to your doctor about which one is right for your scar(s).
- Mederma is a topical gel that can be purchased from any pharmacy retailer.
- Xeragel, a 100% silicone gel scar treatment, may be purchased at the Plastic Surgery Center.
- Biodermis silicone sheets may be purchased online.
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.
If you have additional questions, please contact our office at 316.688.7500.