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Old 03-24-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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how do you fade scars?

I have a new surgical scar that is 3 1/2 inches long. I'm curious about what strategies all of you have to help fade your scars. Any suggestions?
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Re: how do you fade scars?

Hi -- I happened on this post, as I noticed one of your earlier posts regarding hypermobility. I have plenty of surgical scars and tend toward keloid scars, so I try to be aggressive with scar management. There are a couple of commercial products available in either an adhesive sheet or cream. Rubbing the scar after the wound is fully healed will also help to break scar tissue. Avoid sun on the scar, as this will make the scarring worse. Finally, I had a dermatologist advise that cortisone can be injected into the scar tissue, at six-eight weeks post-op, in extreme cases.

 
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Re: how do you fade scars?

Vitamin E oil or mederma

 
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Re: how do you fade scars?

Hi,
Thanks for your responses.

I'm at the 7 week mark. I've had my cast off just over a week. The steri-strips came off at the same time.

I'm in OT/PT for a few more weeks. Most of my treatment revolves around the scar management so far. (I'm not to the point of adding exercises other than daily use.) They are doing a lot of massage and ultrasound with hydrocortizone right now.

That is a good idea of talking to a dermatologist. I'm due for a general check-up with them anyway so I should schedule an appointment where I can ask about this as well. Unfortunately, the adhesive sheets are out for me because I have a 50/50 chance of a bad reaction to the adhesives.

I think I'll probably just have to stick with the Vitamin E. I bought some Mederma and I'm not sure about it. I developed some itching and redness the second day I used it. I'm giving myself a couple days off of it and I'm going to try one more time. If the itching and redness come back as bad as before, I'm going to guess I have some skin sensitivity to it or an actual allergy.

SweetpeainSF, I'm curious about the hypermobility connections. In the last several years, I've had more and more problems that I attribute back to that. Two of my first three surgeries have been related back to that in my opinion. (Shoulder and wrist so far.) I've also had cortizone shots in 2 other joints and am major treatment for TMJD. Ironically, the hypermobility is allowing me to gain ROM quicker than normal post-surgery.
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Re: how do you fade scars?

Ha -- so many things in common. I also have hypersensitive skin, and have been diagnosed with an allergy to adhesives. I have multi-directional instability in both shoulders, which causes pain but has not been fully addressed. I had an extruded disc at L4-L5, which has now been removed and the joint fused as the joint was unstable. I also have hypermobility in my hips and have had three hip scopes on my right hip. My knees and elbows also bend backward, so I try to be careful. I had TMJ problems as a kid, and had surgery to correct a skeletal jaw deformity (upper and lower jaws lined up so my front teeth hit straight up and down, plus a cross-bite). Still have pain and popping in TMJ. Forgot to add that I also had a rib subluxation, caused by a chircopractor adjustment, which lead to costochondritis.

Fortunately, Lidoderm patches have not triggered allergic reactions as much as other adhesives, but still topical redness. When a reaction gets bad, the skin actually peels off where the adhesive had been. I try to use a hydrocortisone cream at the first sign of redness. I bought a new product today, called Scarguard. It was expensive, and contains silicone, hydrocortisone, and Vitamin E. It paints on like nail polish. I will post if I have noticeable results.

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