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Ways to Minimize Scarring After Your Surgery

Scars are an inevitable part of surgery, and while they may fade over time, they can still cause discomfort, itching, and even impact self-esteem. But with the right care and attention, you can help your scars heal more effectively and minimize their impact on your life. Here are some tips on how to minimize scarring after surgery:

Follow Your Doctor's Instructions

Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision site after surgery. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimal healing.

Incision Care

Clean the incision site gently with antibacterial soap, Hibiclens, or saline solution, then pat dry with a clean towel. Avoid getting the incision site wet until your doctor says it's safe. Avoid lifting, bending, or doing anything that stretches or puts tension on your incision.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Exposure to the sun can cause scars to become more noticeable. Be sure to protect your scar with clothing or a non-irritating sunscreen.

Silicone Wound Treatment

Silicone sheets or gels can help minimize the appearance of scars and promote healing. Apply them to the incision site as directed by your doctor.

Why silicone? Silicone provides a protective barrier over wounds and helps regulate moisture levels which both are important for promoting proper healing. Silicone sheets or gels can help reduce the thickness, redness, and itchiness of scars, improving their overall appearance. Silicone sheets are non-adhesive, meaning it does not stick to the wound, making them easy to remove while minimizing pain and trauma.


Gentle massaging around your scars can help reduce swelling, stimulate the lymphatic system, and improve circulation. Massaging can also prevent the formation of scar tissue, which can be uncomfortable and may impact the appearance of the scar. Ask your doctor or a post-op provider for guidance on how to do this safely and effectively.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet can promote healing and help your body repair itself after surgery. Be sure to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein.

Taking care of your scar after surgery is an important part of the recovery process. By following these tips, you can promote optimal healing and minimize the impact of scars on your life. Remember, if you have any concerns about your incision site or healing process, don't hesitate to contact your doctor.

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