Scar Prevention Part 4- Sun Protection

Published on August 16, 2014

A hyperpigmented or red scar is much more noticable than a hypertrophic (raised) or widened scar. Many things can lead to a reddened scar, including infection, wound tension, inflammation, and UV-exposure.  Of these things, UV-exposure is one of the only

Scar Prevention Part 3- Taping

Published on August 12, 2014

Semi-occlusive dressings have been shown in multiple studies to be associated with improved scar appearance.  This can be acheived in a variety of ways, most notably, the practice of taping over incisions.  The reason taping improves scar appearance is not

Scar Prevention Part 2- Vitamin E

Published on August 11, 2014

Immediately after I explain the role and alternatives to silicone-based scar preparations, many patients ask about the use of topical Vitamin E.  Afterall, most grandmothers swear by it (atleast mine does).  Vitamin E is a tocopherol with antioxidant properties.  It

Published on August 10, 2014

Finally, a thoughtful and amusing look at untested and unproven skin care products Nerium-

Scar Prevention Part 1- Silicone Scar Creams

Published on August 10, 2014

Wound healing and scar formation is a very complex process.  Poor scar healing can result from a variety of factors.  Due to the different factors, there is no single therapy that leads to elimination of scarring. Nevertheless, most patients are