Scar Care Advice

If the scar has specific elements that are, for example, uneven, puckered, ridged, or with unsightly ‘cross-hatching’ left by the original sutures, then with scar care and meticulous technique, the scar should be able to be re-repaired and the appearance improved.

General Scar Care

Moisturising and Massage

  • The scar should be moisturised with a bland moisturiser such as E45, Vitamin E cream, Aloe Vera gel or Nivea cream.
  • It is recommended that the scar is moisturised and massaged twice daily.
  • The scar should be massaged gently at first, this can then be built up to a firm massage.


Sun Exposure

  • Scars can become red when exposed to the sun even in this country.
  • It is recommended that total sunblock be used over the scar for at least the first year after surgery/injury.
  • Alternatively, keep the scar out of the sun with clothing.


Silicone Gel Sheets and Gel (Mepiform, Cica-care, DermatixTM , KelocoteTM)

  • Flatten, soften and fade red and raised scars.
  • Work by moisturising and covering the scar.
  • Can be used preventatively, i.e. before the scar becomes red, raised or itchy.
  • Silicone gel sheet or gel treatment should be commenced once the suture line is closed and free from scabs.
  • Treatment should continue for at least two months.

Mepiform, DermatixTM and Kelocote TM can be purchased from any pharmacy, however they may need to order in the product.



  • Should be worn for a minimum of 12 hours daily, but preferably 24 hours a day.
  • Mepiform should be removed at least once a day, the scar and surrounding area should be washed, dried and massaged with a moisturising cream.
  • Allow the massage cream/oil to absorb into the skin before reapplying the Mepiform.
  • The same piece of Mepiform can be reapplied.
  • Discard the Mepiform once it has lost its adherent properties and apply a new piece.


DermatixTM or KelocoteTM

  • Is a topical silicone gel and should be used twice a day.
  • Gently clean the area to be treated with mild soap and water, pat dry.
  • Massage the scar as outlined above and allow cream/oil to soak in and dry.
  • Gently spread a very thin coating of DermatixTM/KelocoteTM over the scar.
  • Allow to dry for 4 to 5 minutes before covering with clothing or make-up. If DematixTM/KelocoteTM has not dried within 4 to 5 minutes you have used too much: remove excess and allow the drying process to continue.
  • The recommended minimum duration of treatment is two months.

For more information on Scar Care or to book a consultation, call 01223 214 960, or contact our team.