Scar tissue and grafts take a long time to heal and can change over time making them a challenge to patients and parents. If not cared for appropriately, scars can harden and contract limiting motion. Massaging the area and using vitamin E or cocoa butter can be beneficial for maintaining smoothness and pliability.
Sun exposure can cause prominence of the scars. Additionally, skin grafts tend to darken over time. Be sure to liberally apply a high SPF sunscreen to the area before sun exposure and reapply frequently throughout the day.
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