Bio-Oil to ensure least scarring following TKR?

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Sorry everyone for so many discussions.

Since I found this site, I find I have so many questions that I feel comfortable to ask of others who have shared the same sort of surgery and been on similar roads to recovery. For that, I'm so grateful.

So ... Bio Oil ... has anyone tried it on their scar? Has it helped to create little scarring? Any difference? Good or bad comments, welcome.

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    Many have used it with success. In in the US and it isn't available here at least under that name. I've always used vitamin E oil and gas good success. It heals from inside. My knee has been opened completely 4 times (5th next week) and its hard to tell the difference between 1st time and 4th. I also had 30 rounds of radiation before surgeries started and I know it would have helped that healing process as well. Radiation probably did more damage than the surgeries.
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    I worked for  a Plastic surgeon, and he said patients like to use oil based products to lessen scaring, but he said that  there is no scientific evidence to say that using bio oil or any other oil lessens scarring, but if you want to use it, go ahead.
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    I have used it from about day 6, (I had dissolvable stitches) firstly around the scar and when the scabs fell off, all over. I have a previous scar on the same knee over 40 years old, my new scar after using the bio oil for 15 weeks is just a little more visible. My surgeon and physio have both commented on how good my scar looks and feels. I use it for massaging the back of my knee as well, now on second bottle. If you have a Home Bargains store near by, they sell at about half the price as in the chemist.
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    Hi Lindy ive used Baby Oil and my scar is NEARLY just a snail trail lol. Im 14 weeks now so looking good!!!! After all like my surgeon said if its good enough for a new born baby its good enough for your knee lol
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    I use bio oil twice a day and use E45 cream several times to make massaging easier. I'm 17 weeks post and my scar has healed really well. It's probably a bit wider than others as it was cut open twice as my wound burst so the entire knee had to be rinsed out to avoid infection. I'm having further surgery in 5 weeks so just hoping it doesn't interfere with this as its recovered well. I'm not sure it actually helps the scar fade but it does keep it supple. If I don't use it, I find it goes really dry and flaky.

    (I've also found that by putting it on the skin with a cotton bud around finger nails, it stops nail varnish sticking so it can just peel off if I slip....the things I do when resting lol 😜).

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      I agree with you, Kathryn. I'm 11 months post op and my scar is still not a nice neat line all the way down. Not sure if it'll ever be. But I still use bio oil as it keeps it moisturised and supple. 

      Thanks for the tip with the nail varnish 💅 😊

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    Hi Lindy

    my doctor here in Saudi Arabia has prescribed a gel called Kelocote.

    plastic surgeons use it out here, I have only just started using it as my final dressings  only came off yesterday, so it's too soon for me to comment on m own scar.

    i have priced it up, it's not cheap to buy, but you use it sparingly, so then it does work out quite reasonably. Kind regards Gill x

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    yes ive  used bi oil i found it great it improves the scar .yhe one thing id say is not to put it on till scabbing is gone just in case of infection ,even though the hospital physio said i could .no way would i as im not looking for anymore problems .since the healing and scab have gone then i would use it twice a day and really dig the tops of your fingers in circle movement into the scar it really improves it hope that helps
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    Yes, it does help the scar...and the massaging the scar with anything actually breaks it down.  Unfortunately, my scars are both quite raised above the knee, but below they are a nice thin line now.

    Patsy

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    I've had great results using pure Vitamin E Oil.
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    Another vote here for Bio oil, I've been using it since my wound was dry (15 days post op today 🎉) and the bottom half of my scar is almost invisible. Still got a bit of the angry purple worm effect at the top, but on the whole I'm really pleased with it. Sounds a bit weird, but I get complimented on the neatness and general appearance of it whenever anyone sees it for the first time! 😁
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    Love Bio Oil, I massage my legs in a morning before exercising.. massage at least three times a day.  Good for hands and even use it on my face and neck! and arms.
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