How to Reduce Scarring After Surgery

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Postsurgical scarring can be greatly reduced by following a few guidelines. Stay consistent with the steps, and you will be on your way to reducing that scar.

Things You'll Need

  • Balanced diet with protein
  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Topical treatment such as Mederma or Vitamin E
  • Trained medical massaged therapist (optional)
Reduce Scarring After Surgery
Reduce Scarring After Surgery (Image: Catherine Yeulet/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Get plenty of bed rest following the surgery. Do not strain yourself, which will only increase the likelihood of further scarring and damage to the wound.

Make sure to get plenty of sleep
Make sure to get plenty of sleep (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Eat protein, which helps the body repair tissues.

Make sure to eat plenty of healthy foods
Make sure to eat plenty of healthy foods (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 3

Follow the doctor's directions to clean and care for your wound. Clean with mild soap and water and be very gentle, to prevent infection.

Care for your wound with mild soap and water
Care for your wound with mild soap and water (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 4

Use a topical treatment such as Mederma, a gel that contains a botanical extract derived from onions, which reduces the appearance of scars. Wait until the surgical wound has completely healed, then apply the gel three to four times a day for eight weeks. Use Vitamin E oil, which softens scar tissue, or get a prescription for a retin-A cream, which helps the skin renew itself.

Use a topical ointment such as Mederma to reduce the appearance of scars
Use a topical ointment such as Mederma to reduce the appearance of scars (Image: Johanna Goodyear/Hemera/Getty Images)

Step 5

Consult a trained massage therapist for massage treatment, which will increase blood flow and cell turnover.

Consult a trained massage therapist which will increase blood flow and cell turnover
Consult a trained massage therapist which will increase blood flow and cell turnover (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 6

Avoid sunlight, which can change the color of scars and slow tissue regeneration, for six months to one year.

Make sure to wear a hat in the sun
Make sure to wear a hat in the sun (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Step 7

Avoid smoking, which depletes your body of oxygen and can slow the healing process.

Avoid smoking, which depletes your body of oxygen and can slow the healing process
Avoid smoking, which depletes your body of oxygen and can slow the healing process (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Always follow your doctor's advice, especially if you have other medical conditions.

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