Most surgical scars heal without any complications and fade to a fine line eventually. The maturation of a scar can take up to one year.
Facial and chest scars can be improved with regular massage a week after sutures are removed. Patients are encouraged to firmly press the scar against the underlying tissues and ‘rock back and forth’, for 30 minutes daily for six or more weeks. The intended action is to flatten the scar and to squeeze out any tissue fluid in the scar or flap. Silicone-based dressings may also be used. Please discuss your needs with your dermatologist.
Scars that become thickened or unsightly can often be amenable to remedial therapy. These can include the application or injection of prescribed medications, surgical revision, or laser therapies. Please discuss your needs with your dermatologist.