Have you ever wondered how best to take care of a scar after having major surgery? It’s something that we don’t always think about, but for some, it’s an important step in the post-surgery recovery process. Since some scars, especially scars that have to do with facial plastic surgery, may not be easily covered by makeup or clothing, there are many simple solutions to ensure that your scar fades away over time. After surgery, we recommend that you closely follow the directions of your surgeon to get the optimal post-operative results.
As a general rule, keeping a scar from moisturized helps to prevent scarring
The first step is to let the scar completely heal. Use vitamin E and C tablets to help speed the healing process. As a general rule, keeping a scar from moisturized helps to prevent scarring. Aquaphor or Vaseline are good options for preventing drying.
Suggestions for post-operative scarring may include topical methods such as silicone sheeting. The use of silicone sheeting can help to improve texture and intensity of the scar. Some practices often suggest the use of silicone sheeting in lieu of Mederma.
If an unwanted scar remains, options such as laser treatments or scar revision treatments may be suggested. Scar revision may include laser treatments to improve any hyperpigmentation caused by a scarring. Tactics such as using dermal fillers to improve atrophic scarring (or scars that appear “sunken in or “depressed into the skin.)
Discomfort after surgery may include swelling or a tightening sensation from scars. Scar tissue at often times can be an uncomfortable inconvenience to one’s body. A fibrous tissue (or fibrosis) replaces normal skin. Although it is the same protein as normal skin, it has a different fiber composition that makes a single-direction of fibers rather than a basket weave formation. Even though nerve endings may numb, the pulling of skin and nerves around the scar can still cause a discomfort. Some practices have been known to recommend deep tissue massage, performed either to you or by someone else. Some practices often encourage manual lymphatic drainage, a massaging esthetic procedure to cope with any swelling. The massaging via manual lymphatic drainage focus on the lymph nodes and vessels.
There are many alternative methods for treating post-surgical scars and these are just a few of them. Make sure that you take the proper precautions when treating yourself at home in any way. For best results, schedule a consultation with a doctor to find out more on methods as well as solutions for at-home maintenance.