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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by AZgirl, Jul 23, 2009.

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  1. AZgirl

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    This may sound very trivial, but did any of you use either Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter or Mederma on your scar to make it heal nicely. Supposedly it helps to fade it somewhat. Did it help and when did you start it?
     
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    Vitamin E oil, works great. I still use it. I started after my stiches came out maybe a few days after to make sure all is healed. Really my scar looks awesome. No color to it or anything..
     
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    Not trivial at all. Your scar healing is part of this whole process.

    I also used Vitamin E oil. My PT told me to just buy the cheapest water soluble gel capsules and puncture one to apply to the scar. I started as soon as the scab came off and applied it every morning after waking and at bedtime. Also after showers to lubricate it and especially before therapy so it didn't feel so tight. At least twice a day. I still do use it, after showering and usually at bedtime. Scar seems to bother me most at nightime.

    I did have 30 staples, but at almost 4 months my scar looks great. Still can see it but not puffy of real noticable.

    Don't forget to apply pressure with your thumb and press down in small circles after you apply it to break up the scar tissue. This is painful at first, but gets better in time. As long as it feels hard, continue to do this massage.

    Hope this helps some.

    Blessings,
     
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    Wow Rose, 30 staples--that sounds like a lot!!! Since I had the MIS, my scar is only 3.5 inches long. It was glued, no stitches or staples. I have never put anything special on it--just body lotion when I put it on my legs. You can barely see it my husband tells me although I see it with neon lights down the center!!!
     
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    I did nothing to my scar and it's now as soft as a baby's bum! Scars generally heal perfectly well on their own. Mother Nature will take perfectly good care of it so there's no real need to buy potions to rub on it. It won't change the outcome.

    However, if you want to and it feels good, it'll do no harm ....
     
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    I started massaging my scar with Vit E oil this week. My physical therapist recommended it. It does help break up the scar tissue. So far, it looks really good. I am 4 1/2 weeks out from surgery, so we'll see how it goes. It does look a lot better because it was kind of dry before I used the oil.
     
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    Vitamin E oil doesn't do anything for me. Neither does any of the expensive name brand items "designed" for scars. I use Palmer's Olive Oil lotion because it seems to keep the whole thing moisturized better than the other lotions I've tried.

    But then, I just get ugly scars. Mine's flattened out, mostly, but still gets some dry skin on it (which is why I use lotion).

    I think- and this is MY opinion, so take that for what its worth!- that scar healing is a big part of genetics. My mom heals scars in a small, lovely thin line. My dad and I both scar big and ugly... nothing is wrong with our scars, they're just a sight to see. :wink:
     
  8. AZgirl

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    Thanks everyone for the good advice. I think I'll buy some Vitamin E oil or capsules to have on hand. It may not help but it can't hurt!
     
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    Don't you wish everything was so simple???? :)
     
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