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What can I put on my scar?

My preference is a product called Scar Guard. I recommend it for breast, body and facial procedures.

First, though, understand that scar formation is normal. Once the skin is wounded, be it in surgery or by trauma, your body will start to make collagen in the wounded area to heal itself. This is 100% normal and natural. Collagen is a part of normal skin too but in a scar there are no hair follicles, sweat glands, or pores. This makes the scar look different from the skin around it. Since scar formation is inevitable, our goal is to minimize the amount of scar made.

Scar Guard is a liquid combination of three components known to help with scar formation: cortisone, Vitamin E, and silicone. By applying the product starting about 2 weeks after surgery, the hope is that the resulting scar will be as small as possible and match the surronding skin. This isn’t 100% possible but it is our goal.

Scar guard is a clear liquid that paints on with a small brush much like nail polish. You apply it over the scar and just let it dry. Typically you will want to use it for about 6 weeks.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are presented Louisville Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett.

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