Q: I just read your article on scar treatment. I have a 9-inch vertical scar on my chest from open heart surgery. The top five inches of my scar (the part that extends above my bra line) is only about 1/8 of an inch wide. It looks pretty good. But the lower four inches or so is a keloid scar (about ¼-inch wide). I’m not sure why. My heart surgeon did a great job (I’m here!), but I would like to find some way to minimize my scar as much as possible. Do you think the alpha lipoic acid-DMAE lotion would be effective on a chest scar? I belong to a group called WomenHeart and I would love to give this information to my other “bypass buddies.”
A: Massage Phosphatidyl-E creams with tocotrienols into the scar twice daily. At night, after applying the cream to the scar, cover the area with silicone pressure bandages that are made expressly for scars (you can buy these at your neighborhood pharmacy). You do not need to wear the pressure bandage during the day, but do remember to apply the cream.