Donor Site Concerns
Radial forearm and anterolateral thigh donor site:
When can I expose my arm/thigh to the sun?
Ideally, about 1 year. The reasoning for this is that melatonin preferentially deposits in scar tissue. Using lotion that has minimal dyes/fragrances and an SPF of 30 or greater when skin is at risk of sun exposure is recommended.
May I start using silicone sheets on the scars?
Yes, around 6 weeks postop, silicone sheets can be obtained over the counter and placed over a thick scar, if present.