Every type of surgery, whether it is an elective cosmetic procedure such as liposuction or a medically necessary operation, requires an incision, which, in turn, leads to a scar. However, over time and with proper care, scars should fade dramatically until they closely match the color of the surrounding skin and are nearly imperceptible. Here, Dr. Rafael Cabrera of Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton shares some tips about how to care for scars following plastic surgery, so you can optimize the aesthetic benefits of your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Keep Scars Clean
One of the most important things you can do to help your scars heal well is to keep your incision sites clean. Once you have been given the go-ahead to remove any surgical dressings that Dr. Cabrera may have placed over the treatment area after surgery, you can gently wash the incision area(s) with warm, soapy water. Then, pat the incision site dry with a clean towel.
Keep Them Out of the Sun
Even 20 minutes of sun exposure can cause scars to become red and raised from the surface of skin. Once this happens, it is extremely difficult — if not impossible — to improve the look of them. To protect your scars from the sun, be sure to wear clothing over your incision sites or slather on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF or 30 or higher, before heading out of the house.
Again, once you have been given the okay, you can try to massage your scars to loosen up the scar tissue underneath. Using the pads of your fingers, use a gentle back-and-forth and side-to-side motion to move the scars around.
Smoking is terrible for both your health and the recovery process following plastic surgery. It robs your blood of oxygen, which is essential for healing tissues. Smoking also increases the risk of poor wound healing, including the risk of re-opening the wounds. To help ensure that your scars heal well so they are as imperceptible as possible, don’t smoke.
Watch Out for Adverse Symptoms
Finally, keep an eye on your incision sites. If you notice inflammation, severe pain or fluid around the incision site, contact Dr. Cabrera. Also, contact your physician immediately if you have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Find Out More
To find out more about caring for scars after your plastic surgery procedure of choice, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton by calling (561) 393-6400.