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  1. #1
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    scar protection from the sun

    Hi Everyone,
    Its been 7 months and I'm finally taking that cruise I wanted, but I'm taking 4 out of the 5 kids. I'll have plenty of family time..LOL...I need advice on scar protection..Is there a cream that anyone used that worked well???Do I just put sun tan lotion with a 45 SP? Is there a special protection cream for scars....Thanks..
    CONNIE


    Surgery June 28th 2004
    fused T4 -L3
    Hip graft
    Grown 1 1/2 inches
    25/o upper T 15/o
    53/o T 15/o
    37/o L 6/o
    Dr. Micheal Nuewirth
    New York City

    August 6, 2004
    Pulmonary Embolism
    complication from surgery

    January 2007 currently
    increasing pain at the T4/5
    point irratation heardwear

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    HI Spincon,

    Oh my gosh, that is the very question my daughter and I have been going round and round about!
    We are going on a cruise also and she wants to tan, since I am a skin cancer patient I am very pro suncreen, but I don,t want to make her put just any kind on those scars untill I hear more from this forum and check with my dermatologist.
    My other daughter had knee surgery last year and then tanned.
    Her physical therapist noticed it right away and said he knew she did that bc her scar is now purple. He was not happy about it she said.
    Iam slow but will call my dermo and ask her surgeon about the sun on the scars before we go.
    now 16 yr old daughter
    with worsen 65 degree upper curve
    surgery Nov 3, 04

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    leaving soon

    Hi,
    I was hoping for any response wheater negitive about tanning a scar or the protectio they used...can U get tanned thru a shirt while snookling? Thanks....
    CONNIE


    Surgery June 28th 2004
    fused T4 -L3
    Hip graft
    Grown 1 1/2 inches
    25/o upper T 15/o
    53/o T 15/o
    37/o L 6/o
    Dr. Micheal Nuewirth
    New York City

    August 6, 2004
    Pulmonary Embolism
    complication from surgery

    January 2007 currently
    increasing pain at the T4/5
    point irratation heardwear

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    No sun on scar

    I don't have my scar yet, but I love to tan and my Dr. has told me already that I will not want to tan that scar for a year. So I would do whatever it takes to keep your scar out of the sun. Either use the highest sunscreen available, or that zinc ointment that doesn't allow any sunlight, and it doesn't wash off. And yes, it might be a good idea to use a t-shirt as well. Anyway, have a wonderful time on the cruise.
    Tiny

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    Connie,
    My answer to can you still get sun thru a tee shirt while tanning is YES!!!!!!
    Between the intense sun and reflection of water I got fried in cozumel while snokleing yrs ago.
    Of course I was young and wore no suncreen but I know it can come thru.
    So I bet if you wear zinc or suncreen of somesort and the shirt you'll be fine.
    Now we go to the lake alot and are in the sun and while in Hawaii I bought a sort of shirt the surfers wear. It is not a wetsuit but a regular type material that feels just like a shirt. I have one longsleeve and a shortsleeve one. They are great. I think if you go to abcstores.com (a Hawaii store) you can find some. I'm not sure but let me know if you can't and I'll look more into where I have seen them.
    When is your cruise?
    I will call my dermo before then.
    We go in March.
    mamakay
    now 16 yr old daughter
    with worsen 65 degree upper curve
    surgery Nov 3, 04

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    My Dr. told me to use Zinc Oxide on my scar when I go out in the sun.

    Gail

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    cocoa butter

    When I had my back surgery, my doctors and specialists suggested that i use cocoa butter on the scar. It helps to soften the scar and really help it to fade. My scar runs from the bottom of the next all the way to the bottom of my hips, so I definitely had plenty to try and hide. And honestly, most of it you can barely even see.

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    thanks for the tip

    that's good to know. I've heard controversy as to whether anything applied to the scar really helps, but why not try it, since it's not going to cause any harm. Has anyone used the product Mederma that is being advertised on TV right now?
    Tiny

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    back from vacation

    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for replying about the sun....well I did the best I could...I feel like a black and white cookie..I'm tanned so nicely on my front and I'm white on the back...but I didn't want to get the scar to turn dark....Also great physical news ..I CLIMB A ROCK WALL !!!!! yup..I have the photo's to prove it..I'm going to send one to my surgeon....hopefully it can inspire other to have faith before surgery... I still take pain meds..but I'm on a serious course of reduction..and thats progress...The cruise was fun,...plenty of food, entertainment and rocking...oh the boat rock . I got so sea sick...and I gained 4 pounds with all the deserts I ate..LOL....For all those having surgery , it takes a long time to recup...I have been getting mild butt pains from the graft...will go over with my PT on how I can minamize pain....well....thanks again for the info and good night...
    CONNIE


    Surgery June 28th 2004
    fused T4 -L3
    Hip graft
    Grown 1 1/2 inches
    25/o upper T 15/o
    53/o T 15/o
    37/o L 6/o
    Dr. Micheal Nuewirth
    New York City

    August 6, 2004
    Pulmonary Embolism
    complication from surgery

    January 2007 currently
    increasing pain at the T4/5
    point irratation heardwear

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    bio oil

    i have the best stuff to help your scar fade! its called bio-oil & if you use it twice a day it fades HEAPS. you can get it from chemists.
    *ANGIE* 14-15 y/o
    had operation in september 2004
    a rod was put in:T10-L3
    My curve was 50* & is now 7*
    "All that glitters is not always gold & diamonds in the rough do not always shine"

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    Is it to late to use it ??, my surgery was in june
    CONNIE


    Surgery June 28th 2004
    fused T4 -L3
    Hip graft
    Grown 1 1/2 inches
    25/o upper T 15/o
    53/o T 15/o
    37/o L 6/o
    Dr. Micheal Nuewirth
    New York City

    August 6, 2004
    Pulmonary Embolism
    complication from surgery

    January 2007 currently
    increasing pain at the T4/5
    point irratation heardwear

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    hi connie
    i can't believe you climbed a rock wall!!! Wow, that is progress. I am so happy you are doing so well and i can't believe it's been 7months. It sounds like you are doing so great.
    Jennifer

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    bio oil

    pink_jazmin, where else can you get this oil if don't know a chemist? Is it something a pharmicist would have?
    Tiny

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    Scar Protection

    Hola

    When I go out in the sun I use a factor 60 Avéne which is extreme sunblock cream and it works very well, however it is a bit like the sun block you would use when ski ing as it is very thick and does not rub in.

    However, before I started using this I had a bad Summer and my scar bled from over exposure in the sun and it scared me, I have used this ever since

    I live in Spain and we have 300 days of sunshine all year round so I make sure now that I am always careful.

    It is also water resistant.

    Enjoy your cruise.

    Nutty

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    ummm well i know that u can buy it in aus & new zealand... maybe look it up on the net. it works on older scars as well! it might take a bit longer tho
    *ANGIE* 14-15 y/o
    had operation in september 2004
    a rod was put in:T10-L3
    My curve was 50* & is now 7*
    "All that glitters is not always gold & diamonds in the rough do not always shine"

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