A doctor has shared his simple advice on how to reduce scarring after surgery.
Dr Michael, a Scottish doctor who is currently practising in Australia, uploaded a TikTok video on July 4 for his 389,000 followers on his medical and health-focused account.
The doctor – known as @drmichaelsays on the social site – has a Master’s and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree and regularly uploads surgical advice and health warnings about everyday products, such as sunscreen, vitamins and vapes.
The video has amassed over 7,000 likes and 225 comments since its upload, with many intending on following Michael’s advice, some describing their own results in using the products, and others pointing to similar items that can do the same job.
In the video, Michael has highlighted two particular items that can help improve the appearance of scar tissue: silicone tape and scar treatment gel.
Dr. Michael has recommended in a TikTok video two particular items that can help improve the appearance of scar tissue: silicone tape and scar treatment gel
He said: ‘”Is there anything that works for scars?” This is a question that I get all the time.
‘I used to cut out lots of skin cancers in Australia, so we deal with scars all of the time, and there’s lots of things you can do – some really easy, some more difficult, like lasers and and invasive treatments.’
‘But this I found was actually really good if you just did it consistently. The first thing you can get from Boots is a silicone gel – really easy to use.
‘You’ve just gotta be consistent with it. Put it on every single day.’
Recommending another product, Michael says: ‘The one I think works a bit better is the silicone tape.
‘You might need to order this online but, basically, it comes as a roller.
You cut it to the size of your scar, you put it on and you leave it on until it falls off. It stays on when you’re in the shower – it can stay on for days and weeks. Just leave it on there and change it after about two weeks.
After you take it off, you’ll see a little bit of a difference – it definitely helps with redness.’
In the video, Michael has highlighted two particular items that can help improve the appearance of scar tissue: silicone tape and scar treatment gel
Recommending another product, Michael advised people should use a ‘silicone scar tape’ (pictured)
Comments flooded in from users who vouched for the recommended products, while some shared their own personal experiences with scar care.
One person wrote: ‘Just got it this week on Amazon. I was attacked by dogs in March so have lots of scars. Praying it works. It was very easy to apply.’
Two other individuals shared positive reviews of both the gel and silicone tape, with one saying: ‘I used the Keli-Cote gel a few years ago for a large scar after surgery and the healing was really good. Skin is so smooth.’
The other wrote: ‘I used that tape with my open midline bowel resection scar. Works well!’
Some users suggested other personally helpful products, with one saying: ‘Castor oil pure.’
Another wrote: ‘I heard Bio-Oil was supposed to be useful for helping the appearance of scars.’
A third said: ‘We were recommended Dermatix Ultra by a paediatric surgeon, it really reduced the angry scarring.
Comments flooded in from users who vouched for the recommended products, while some shared their own personal experiences with scar care
A small pool of people claimed that Michael’s recommended products – specifically the tape – hadn’t worked for them previously, with one writing: ‘Silicone tape widened my scars.’
Another wrote: ‘I used that tape for months and months after my appendectomy and it made minimal progress.’
There are many various treatments to help fade scars that are now available within the market –
Some of Dr. Michael’s suggestions – as well as other creams, gels and tapes – might be the better option for those who are on a budget or not prepared for hours of painful lasering sessions.
An Australian woman who took the plunge and attended a lasering session in March 2023 for pigmentation was left with horrific scars – after the settings on the machine were ‘set too high.’