As we have seen, there are many options for scar treatment and prevention. Many of which are untested or unproven. The choices are: spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on unproven therapies, or, reasonable, cost-effective treatments which can provide excellent results. When recommending therapies to my patients, I have to go with what is safe and effective, based on sound scientific data. In the end, it always comes down to what I would recommend for my own family-
1) Sun protection- All scars need adequate sun protection (sunscreen of SPF 30, with correct application) for atleast one year after surgery
2) Plain-paper taping of incisions for atleast 6 weeks
3) Scar massage
4) Finding a good surgeon to perform your procedure
5) Save your money for a vacation, away from cellphones, the internet, and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
More to come…