Scars can take up to eighteen months to fully heal and reach their final strength. There are a number of steps recommended in order to stimulate effective healing and thus minimize the final appearance of the scar:
Wear sunscreen: Sun protection is vital for minimizing a scar and preventing hyperpigmentation. A high SPF should be applied to the scar as ultraviolet light disrupts cell reorganization and impedes scar contraction.
Moisturize: Keep the scar and surrounding skin moisturized as it heals. Apply a moisturizing treatment two or more times daily by massaging it into the scar, rather than lightly applying the ointment onto the surface of the scar.
Apply silicon gel sheeting: Applying a sheet of silicon gel on a scar every day may help it fade or keep it from getting worse.