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How to Treat Scars After Surgery

author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
How to Treat Scars After Surgery
Surgical scar. Photo Credit: jbmake/iStock/Getty Images

Surgical scars are a constant reminder of illness that has been conquered through a surgical procedure. Some scars are more prominent than others, however, and often do not diminish much after surgery. Treatments are available not only to fade surgical scarring but also to help heal the underlying tissue. Immediately after surgery, doctors will recommend keeping your incision clean to help the healing process and decrease the scar's visibility, but this alone may not work as well as you would like it to.

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Step 1

Massage the scar daily using cocoa butter or lotion containing cocoa butter. Cocoa butter has been used in the treatment of stretch marks and has shown the amazing ability to promote skin cell regeneration, causing scars to fade.

Step 2

Apply vitamin E creams or liquids onto the scar daily. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant and antibacterial agent that promotes healing and soothing of inflammation commonly present in scar tissue. A vitamin E supplement can also be taken to boost the effects of the creams or liquids, treating the scar underneath the skin's surface.

Step 3

Apply a skin moisturizer containing alpha hydroxy acids to the scar site. This will promote skin health and scar fading. It will also help the healing process by increasing the skin's collagen production, which is essential to healing.

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