Hi, I am only out of open heart surgery a little less than a month. I still have the pain, but I know that that will eventually go. And I am still pretty tired. I had a mitral valve replacement with a pig valve. I had heard from someone who had had this surgery that putting Vitamin E oil on the scar several times a day for a while could lighten it. I was wondering if any of you had used this, or other things to lighten your scar, and at what point did you begin? I know that it is generally stated that the breastbone takes about six weeks to heal. Initially the doctors say that you shouldn't put any lotions on your incision until it is all healed up to avoid contamination. I would love to hear from you about your successes with doing this, and especially from women, since they often wear tops with V necklines.