Preventing Scar Formation After Surgery

Are you about to undergo a surgery? Well, expect some scarring too. Not to mention, you will have to take extra steps to lighten those surgical scars during the aftercare period post the surgery. Although scarring is the body’s way to heal any sort of wound, it may look unpleasant and you would want to get rid of it anyhow.

Why do surgical scars occur?

Wound healing is a repair process, not a tissue regeneration, as the original tissue is always replaced by uniform fiber tissue – the scar, thus therefore: 

  •       there is no scarless healing, even not with a Plastic surgeon.
  •       the goal of every scar treatment is to end up with the least noticeable scar.


When there is a wound on the skin or there is an incision on it, a protein called collagen is released, and the skin tissues break. The collagen grows, aiding in the healing and sturdiness of the wound. The blood supply grows, and new collagen continues to form for several months, raising and lumping the scar.

Further, the scar mellows down, smoothes out, and lessens in colour with time over a time of 12 to 18 months to completely heal.

Most of the time, a scar’s size depends on many different factors, such as the size of the incision, how quickly it heals, the patient’s skin type, age, health, and how well they took care of it. A scar will be less noticeable the faster and easier it heals.

The good news is that there are some factors you can control that could aid in scar avoidance. Some approaches are straightforward, such as adhering to your surgeon’s instructions.

Here are some simple steps that you can take for prevention of an ugly surgical scar:

Massage the area gently

According to studies, applying pressure during the early stages of scar development can lessen the inflammatory signals that cause unfavourable scarring. After surgery, it’s crucial to immediately begin massaging the area and keep doing so for another two to three months.

Protect your scar from direct sunlight

Your scar may take longer to heal if it is exposed to sunlight. The scar may also become darker and more obvious as a result.

When you are outside or whenever your scar might be exposed to the sun, it is crucial to protect it.

The following are possible:

  • Cover your scar with sunscreen. SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen should be used.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from the sun.
  • Put on clothing with sun-blocking features.

Avoid putting strain on your injury

Refrain from lifting, moving, or stretching because these activities may slow the healing of the wound. Stress of this kind can occasionally tear the wound apart and significantly slow healing of your surgical scars. Again, it’s crucial to adhere to your surgeon’s instructions after surgery.

Maintain hydration

You become dehydrated when you do not consume enough fluids. So, to feel your best and foster the best environment for healing, stay hydrated.

Also, try avoiding alcohol and caffeine while recovering. They tend to dehydrate your body, including your skin.

hydration for scar heeling

Surgical methods for surgical scar prevention

Consider talking to our surgeon about scar minimization and prevention if you are worried about scarring or if you feel that the scars might not go away with the conventional methods.

Our plastic surgeon Prof Dr Robert Hierner, is a highly-skilled scar removal expert with more than 30 years of renowned experience. Some of the treatments offered by him are:

Prevention: Incision positioning

Our surgeon may change the location of the incision during some procedures to hide the scar. Discuss with our surgeon as to where the incision can be made with the goal of minimizing or hiding scars.


Silicone method

The texture of silicone wound dressings is comparable to that of heavy plastic wrap used in the kitchen. There are a few techniques for using silicone dressings, such as:

  • Silicone sheets: They are placed over the wound and remain there.
  • Silicone gel: is only indicated if the silicone sheet cannot be applied. .
scar removal patches

Steroid injections

Ask your surgeon about receiving a steroid injection if your scar is quite obstinate. These injections can help your scar lighten and get even-toned after a few doses. Steroid injections are also useful for people prone to developing keloid growth and scars.

Exclusive surgical scars removal treatment offered by Prof Dr Robert Hierner

Prof. Dr. Robert believes that no one field can provide the full range of cutting-edge and thorough scar therapy. Hence a tailored and combined approach is important.

So, in addition to the conventional methods, he provides a full range of aesthetic and surgical options goes under the category named “Integrative Scar Therapy Concept”. This was developed by him and his team over many years of research and observation and was successfully incorporated into their daily practice.

This approach includes the following components:

  • Basicl Skin Care
  • Scar Avoidance
  • Scar Prevention
  • Scar Suppression
  • Scar Correction
  • Scar Covering
  • Scar Coping

Furthermore, for surgical scar removal, our surgeon prefers using a blend of Peeling, LASER, Dermabrasion, Fillers (Hyaluronic acid), Fat transfer, and Stem cells, along with scar excision and tissue transplantation.

Looking for a seamless surgical scar removal in Dubai experience? Look no further and book an appointment with our scar removal surgeon today!