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    Tips for optimal scar healing

    Dr. Freiman

    Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Jacob J. Freiman, M.D., offers these tips for optimal scar healing:

    Preop

    Surgeons should tell patients not to smoke, as nicotine knocks oxygen off of hemoglobin, allowing bacteria to win over one’s healing cells. Other patient education points: Don’t go in the sun, avoid tanning salons and use moisturizer.

    Postop

    Tell patients to do all those things, and remove sutures within 10 days. Tell patients not to put tension on their wounds. Recommend Arnica.

    And two weeks post-op, start scar therapy with either silicone tape or a silicone-based cream.

    “In my experience any… scar cream other than one that contains silicone doesn't work. Don't use anything else on wound (i.e. vitamins or oils), as they will make the scar worse,” Dr. Freiman says. 

    Related: Scar wars: Linear vs geometric incisions

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...

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    • kotlus@------.com
      Please don't recommend homeopathic Arnica. It has no role in scar treatment nor in any other forms of rational medicine. It's nothing more than placebo and has been sufficiently debunked along with all forms of homeopathy.

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