Ah, quite true Leonard. I have a collection of glory scars: the tire scar, 4th grade bike scar, 5th grade bike scar, the gravel scar, banana bread scar, van door scar, chicken pox scar. But amid the delightful character scars, there’s always those pedestrian “I had a mole removed, it’s not cancerous” scar and the “I was a teenager and didn’t think it would be bad if I picked at it” scar.
- Massage the area for 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. Massage four times a day for five minutes.
- Keep scar out of the sun. The sun will darken the scar.
- Keep pressure on the wound. Silicone Gel sheets (found at most drugstores) taped around the scar help decrease the chances of the scar thickening. This may even work for old scars.
- Topical gels with silicone may minimize the scar.
- Avoid using Hydrogen Peroxide or Vitamin E. Surprisingly these two kill new skin cells that begin to form and slows healing.
- Use a Band aid to cover up the wound. Leaving the wound open allows the wound to dry and a scab forms. Scabs impair healing. The wound should be covered and kept moist (with Neosporin initially and then Vaseline) until new skin grows.
- Old scars may be treated with laser surgery. The process can be expensive and require multiple treatments.