Scared of Scars? Five Expert Tips to Recovering Post-Surgery
Recovering Post Surgery: Most scars have an interesting story to tell. However, when scars appear due to a cosmetic surgical procedure, most patients would prefer to keep them discreet. What’s the point of enhancing the face, abdomen, or breasts if people will see the scars, right? As much as possible, cosmetic surgery patients would rather have scars remain invisible or disappear.
If you’re scared of scars, don’t worry. There are several ways to help keep scars less visible. What you do before and after your surgery play a role in minimizing the visibility of scars.
Before your surgery, it’s crucial that you follow your surgeon’s instructions about quitting smoking and stopping blood-thinning medications. After your surgery, here are five expert tips to help recovering post surgery.
- Wear Sunscreen
Protecting your skin from sun exposure can minimize scarring. We recommend you to wear sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
- Keep Wound Area Clean
Infection causes the development of bigger and thicker scars so always keep the wound area clean. Apply antibiotic cream or ointment on the affected area as directed to maintain moisture and to keep bacterial infections at bay. As soon as you see the signs of infections, such as a significant amount of pus coming out of the wound, fever, or redness or swelling in the affected area, contact Dr. Boutros immediately.
- Massage the wound
The removal of sutures occurs typically within five to eight days. Once they’re removed, massage the area gently using a moisturizing cream or lotion rich in Aloe or vitamin E. Massaging will increase blood flow to the wound area, preventing scar tissue buildup.
- Avoid Scrubbing the Wound
Scars are the body’s natural way of signaling that the wound is healing. So even if it’s okay to wash the affected area when you shower, avoid scrubbing the crusts. It’ll only open the wound again and make it prone to infections.
- Eat and Drink Healthily
Eat a well-balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget protein as well, as it’s one of the building blocks that help skin heal. Drink plenty of water, too, as hydration contributes to skin healing.
The appearance of scars is normal after surgery. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize their visibility. So don’t let them keep you from getting the long overdue surgery you need. To learn more about our different cosmetic surgeries, contact My Houston Surgeons today.