Scars have a story to tell. Some are even too interesting to hide. However, it’s a different story when it comes to post-surgery scars. In most cases, cosmetic surgery patients prefer to hide them. After all, what good is getting a cosmetic enhancement procedure if it leaves you with permanent visible scars, right?
If getting scars is what keeps you from getting that long overdue tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or rhinoplasty, then fret not. Modern cosmetic medicine has gotten so advanced that there are now incision techniques that can reduce scar visibility. Additionally, there are several ways you can try to minimize post-surgery scars and make your recovery period a success.
The Good Side of Scars
Scars are the body’s natural response to open wounds. They appear in the incision areas to close and seal open wounds, while they clean out dead skin cells by forming scabs. They tend to disappear days, weeks, or months following a surgery, depending on how strong your immune system is.
To minimize scarring and to speed up your healing process, you need to give your body extra help. Here are five expert tips to keep in mind to help you heal faster, and make your post-operative recovery period a smooth and comfortable one.
- Keep incision wounds clean.
Infection can worsen the appearance of scars. This explains why you should clean and dress surgical wounds regularly. Applying antibiotic cream on the affected areas can reduce the risk of infections as well. Damaged skin equates to scar size, so it’s best to keep infections at bay.
- Eat healthily.
Eating generous servings of fruits and vegetables will nourish your body, speeding up the healing process. Drinking plenty of water is also beneficial.
- Stop smoking.
Dr. Lee will advise you to stop smoking at least a week before your surgery. If you want your body to heal fast, though, you should consider quitting several weeks before your operation and several months after.
- Massage the wounds.
Massaging the wounds gently increases blood flow to the affected area. This leads to the prevention of scar tissue buildup. After suture removal, massage your wounds with a moisturizing cream containing Aloe Vera or vitamin E.
- Breathe plenty of fresh air.
A steady flow of oxygen to the wound area can keep infections at bay, and heal the affected area speedily and successfully. When your doctor says you are ready, think about taking daily walks outside.
Most scars heal and disappear in time. However, incomplete scar removal is medically acceptable. You can minimize their visibility, though, and that largely depends on your physiology and your efforts in using these tips. To learn more about post-surgery recovery, consult with Dr. Ben Lee.