Scar management defines the way that your scar is treated and cared for by your clinician or yourself. The most fundamental thing that one can do to look after a scar is to moisturise using a simple, non-perfumed, aqueous-based moisturiser. It may sometimes be necessary to massage the healed area while applying the cream. You also need to protect your newly healed skin from the sun and this is especially important while your scars mature and this can take up to 2 years. A number of treatment options are available, though every scar is different and either one or a combination of methods may be suitable. These options include silicone gel/sheeting, pressure garments, laser therapy, steroids, skin needling, radiotherapy, splints or exercises. It may be possible to cover or disguise your scarring using professional skin camouflage make-up. Information on some of these treatments can be found on this website under ‘Rehabilitation’ and ‘Appearance’ in the Support Services Available section.
Within the NHS the role of scar management can be performed by an Occupational Therapist, a Physiotherapist or a Specialist Nurse who is able to give specific advice on your scar management regime and can discuss treatment options. Some treatments are not available on the NHS and you will need to pay for them privately.