I just wanted to know what everyone thought about their scar? and what you were putting on it now? I had ACDF on 12/4/06 and the scar is about 2.5 inches long on the right side of my neck. It doesnt look like this thing is going anywhere. I've heard alot of different opinions on different types of creams and remedies but am now more confused. My dr suggested silicon patches but I havent heard anything about it.
Just wanted to hear about others stories on their scars.
I too have been told to use Vitamin E oil. My scar is quite red and very evident at this point. I have read to cover it with a bandaid and put sunscreen on it if you are out in the sun. Someone also told me to use Pond's cold cream (home remedy?). I hope some will chime in that had surgery a year or more ago. I have also been told to massage around it as much as possible to keep down the scar tissue build up. Any thoughts on that?
I have had two surgeries through same incision and it looks great.
Don't put anything on the scar until the incision is healed (sealed). After that I used 2 things. At Walgreens they sell this vitamin E oil and I used it 2-3 times a day for a month after. To help speed up removing the color from your scar and really flatening it, try using "Scar Therapy", these little strips you wear over the scar like a band aid.
Well My Neuro;
Every visit its Maderma(sp). Frankly, for us guys its macho! I can't imagine the great "pick-up lines". Unfortunately at 13 weeks unless I shave for a really long time. My scar is hardly noticeable.
I have been taking alot of vitamins and minerals tho. Maybe thats whats doing it?
For my ACDF 5 years ago I went to a health food store and they recommended a cream with tea tree oil in it. I bought some and I think it worked very well. It was very soothing. When I went back for more, the product was no longer carried by the store. My scar is on the left side of my neck and as long as I stay out of the sun you can barely see it. The almost 2 year old scar on the back of my neck is a different story. It runs right down the middle about 4 inches and is wide and ugly. Thank goodness I keep my hair long and don't wear a pony tail out in public.
Living in Arizona I knew my scar could get too much sun exposure and I wanted to put on sun screen. But, I didn't want to be carrying around a tube of it everywhere I went. When I went out in the sun I used a 45 SPF lip balm made by Banana Boat and it was great (plus easy to apply). As for reducing the scar I used curad scar sheets (I had a reaction to Mederma since it's made of some plant products that I am allergic to, but it was worth a try and many swear by it!)