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At the time of your procedure, you will receive detailed information regarding your wounds and scars.

It is important to adhere to Dr Sharp’s post operative care protocol to achieve the best possible scar outcome.

To view some examples of plastic surgery postoperative scars, please click here.

It’s essential to remember that everyone heals differently, and your genetic and lifestyle factors – as well as precautions you take after surgery – will have the most significant impact on what your scars look like. Comparing a new scar on your abdomen with a pre-existing scar on your chest can be misleading, as one may be under tension while the other may be mature and in an area that does not flex or move much. Comparing your scars to other people’s can also be misleading, as there are many individual factors that contribute to how we all develop scars. 

After your surgery, please remember:


  • EAll surgery leaves scars
  • EIt is normal for a scar to initially darken in colour (purple, red) and to feel firm, uneven and in parts lumpy – this may be more noticeable in one part of the scar and not the other
  • EScars will normally take up to 24 months to mature – with time the scar with soften, lighten in colour and become less noticeable.
  • EDr Sharp asks his patients to follow a customised taping and massage routine. This is to ensure your scar gets the benefits of supportive taping, alongside the additional benefits of massage and an advanced silicone solution that is applied to the scar. This advice is tailored to the patient their incision so please follow your individual instructions closely.
  • EIf during the healing process your scar shows signs of abnormal healing (keloid or hypertrophic scarring) please contact us promptly, as further assessment or intervention may be required.
  • EMake sure you apply sunscreen (SPF 50+) to your surgery site if it will be exposed to direct sunlight. If you do not have an SPF 50 sunscreen, ask us about Dr Sharp’s Dry Touch Sunscreen, which is suitable for use after surgery and available in our clinics.