How to Prevent or Minimize Surgery Scars

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery says that your skin is your first line of defense. When injury strikes, your skin usually takes the brunt. Having surgery can also result in scarring. An open wound from a scalpel eventually results in scar formation as it heals. The general appearance of your surgery scars depends on how the wound healing process goes. With the right techniques, you can keep your skin from having scars. If you want to find out how to prevent or minimize surgery scars, here’s what you should know.

 

Use Petroleum Jelly

This substance locks in moisture in your skin. Applying petroleum jelly on your wound prevents dryness and scab formation. If the wound forms a scab, healing delays. Petroleum jelly also prevents your scars from getting itchy, deep, or larger. If you clean the wound every day and apply this viscous substance, you don’t need to use topical antibiotics anymore.

 

Quit Smoking

When you smoke, you prevent proper blood oxygenation and circulation. If your affected skin doesn’t get enough oxygenated blood, it will not heal right away. That is why surgeons choose not to operate on patients who smoke. You should stop smoking for at least two weeks before your surgery.

 

Follow Wound Care Instructions

Surgeons usually close up surgical wounds with stitches. When your stitches come out, follow your physician’s advice on proper wound care. This includes regular cleaning of the area. Doing so will help lighten the appearance of your surgery scar.

 

Drink More Water

Make sure that you are always hydrated. Dehydration can lead to the formation of dark scars. Always drink water to supply your wound with enough moisture from the inside. This will help lighten the appearance of your surgery scar.

 

Dress the Wound

You should cover your surgery wound well after applying petroleum jelly to it. This allows your wound to stay hydrated, preventing scar formation.

 

Increase Protein Intake

Protein is a macronutrient that’s responsible for cell repair. If you add more protein-rich foods to your diet, your skin can heal right away. Fish, chicken, seafood, dairy, pork, and beef are accessible sources of protein. In case you don’t eat meat, you can add more soy-based products into your meals.

 

Regulate Blood Glucose

If you’re a diagnosed diabetic, you should monitor your blood glucose levels and manage them well. Studies show that elevated blood sugar levels can delay wound healing. See to it that you keep your blood glucose levels stable before, during, and after your surgery. Aim to reach the normal levels to accelerate your wound healing.

 

Apply Moisturizing Sunscreen

Exposure to sunlight dehydrates and darkens your skin. With proper sun protection, you can prevent your surgery scar from forming and darkening. Choose sun protection that has at least SPF 30. Reapply your sunscreen as frequently as possible.

 

You can prevent or minimize surgery scars by following the mentioned tips. At Restivo Plastic Surgery, Inc, we can help give you your confidence back through our innovative and sophisticated procedures. Please visit our clinic in Wailuku, Hawaii, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 808-204-4800 if you want to schedule an appointment or ask questions about our surgery wound care and scar prevention methods.

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