How to Take Care of Your Incision Scars
October 9, 2016
Prior to their plastic surgery procedure, many patients express concern regarding scarring. While it is true that scars are an unavoidable part of any surgical procedure, our patients can rest assured our board certified plastic surgeons are well-trained and skilled in using the most advanced surgical techniques in order to provide the most beautiful and successful results. We also make it a point to educate each patient on proper scar care following surgery. Here are the most important tips to follow.
Use Topical Ointments as Prescribed
To keep your incision scars clean and help them heal as quickly as possible, your plastic surgeon may prescribe a topical cream or ointment. You must use these creams, as well as all other medications, as directed by your plastic surgeon. Do not use any over-the-counter products without consulting your plastic surgeon first.
Refrain from Smoking
Smoking interferes with your body’s ability to carry oxygen around the body, including to the healing tissues. Smoking, as well as other forms of nicotine (e.g., patches and gum) limits blood flow, which can cause skin death and substantial scarring. Keep in mind that you will also need to quit smoking prior to your surgery.
Protect Your Scars from the Sun
By now you know that overexposure to the sun compromises the health and beauty of your skin. But did you know UV light can also cause your incision scars to darken and thicken? Our plastic surgeons advise you to avoid sun exposure (and tanning beds) for the first few months after surgery. If you do step outside, make sure to cover up the incision scars with sunscreen and clothing.
Ease Back into Exercising
Light exercise and movement following surgery are important for healthy circulation, which in turn promotes proper healing. However, it is important to note that moving around too much too soon can cause swelling and prevent your scars from fading away quickly. Our plastic surgery specialists recommend slowly adding more activity into your daily routine but not pushing your body before it is ready. Your plastic surgeon can provide a more detailed timetable of when it is safe for you to resume work and exercise depending on your recovery progress.
To learn more about minimizing the appearance of plastic surgery scars, contact our team. Please contact the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton by calling (561) 393-6400 today.