If you had the misfortune to undergo any kind of surgery, you probably have a scar to remember it. And, you surely remember how long it took for your scar and the surrounding tissue to completely heal. Still, it will always remain visible unless you schedule a plastic surgery to correct it, in case that it can be corrected after all. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a correctional surgery. On the other hand, if you took adequate care of your scar after surgery, you already know that the scar visibility and presence was as minimized as the after surgery treatment of scar and tissue around it was adequate. If you failed to do that, or if you ever have to go through another surgery in the future, make sure you study the following lines carefully, they contain useful advice on what measures and treatments you have to apply in order to minimize scars.
When to Start Treatments
Start before the operation. Pretreatments are very useful in preparing your skin for the trauma that lays ahead. Hydrating lotions and creams should give your skin additional elasticity and flexibility of the tissue under the surface layer will be improved too. Ban alcohol and cigarettes before surgery takes place, at least three weeks earlier to cleanse the toxins. Alcohol and cigarettes significantly reduce hydration and slow the recovery process. Also, balance your diet in consultation with your doctor.
After everything went well with your surgery, let the wound heal completely and all the stiches be removed before you do anything apart from cleaning the wound and keeping it moist, which is usually done by medical staff. If not, do it yourself regularly using only prescribed ointments and remedies. This usually lasts up to 21 days, make sure you follow your doctor’s directions to detail, especially during this initial period. When it is over, you may go to second phase of recovery, which usually lasts up to six months, depending on the size and location of the incision.
Firstly, avoid putting stress or tension to the area that was operated on. You do not want to damage the scar or open the incision by putting unnecessary pressure on it since that would surely prolong healing and may induce abnormal scaring and other postoperative complications, such as infections or fevers. Severe bending should also be avoided, as well as long exposure to sunlight, especially if it is summer time. Regularly apply sun lotions, remember, you wish to keep your skin moist under all circumstances.
Secondly, a silicone or cortisone treatment is welcomed and highly beneficial in preserving the elasticity and moisture of your scar tissue and surrounding area. They reduce the rigidity of the scar without sticking to it, reducing the risk of abnormal scarring. And, thirdly, regularly massage the scar and the tissue around it. It helps even out possible bumps or lumps that occur underneath the surface layer of skin. Use lotions while massaging.
If the scars are long and cuts were deep, the healing process takes more time to complete, naturally. In this case, it is recommended that you invest in special equipment that could ease every day hygiene you need to do to prevent infections. Also, using it will help you avoid putting to much stress and tension on operated area. Medical supplies that come handy in this situations are bath and shower seats and chairs available in different sizes and materials, grab rails to help you get into and out of bath or shower cabin and other various bathing accessories available to assist your recovery (such as bath steps to make the climbing into bath safer and easier, bath and shower mats to prevent slipping, and other available items).
As you can see, apart from following advice of your physician before and after surgery to detail, you need to put a lot of effort and care into minimizing the scar appearance. The recovery period is long, in some cases it takes more than a year for the skin to completely recover. Therefore, arm yourself with patience and be meticulous and consistent from the very first day until the end of the recovery period if you wish to be fully successful.