Reducing scars after a cosmetic procedure
Scarring is an unavoidable part of cosmetic surgery and often life in general. They can be viewed as markers of where we have been but not everyone views them as poetically. Not all scars are permanent, it just depends on the way in which you treat them. There are a number of options for reducing the appearance of scars, but first it is important to understand what causes scars. Of course, Mr Morgan will ensure that any incisions made are discreet and smooth.
Identifying your type of scar
Scars are determined by genetics and skin type.
Keloids are the thick and raised scars that spread beyond the original wound. They occur more commonly in patients with darker skin.
A hypertrophic scar is raised scar tissue that forms directly at a wound site. Post-surgical scars are most likely to be hypertrophic scars.
Contractures are scars that restrict movement due to skin and underlying tissues being pulled together during healing. They most commonly form after a burn.
Scar treatment options
To treat these scars there are many methods available that can have varying degrees of success depending on the age and size of your scar. These methods can range from creams and plasters which can be applied at home to in-office procedures.
These self-adhesive silicone bandages are medically proved to be up to 90% effective in the improvement of red, dark or raised scars.
For scars on the stomach or breasts, silicone tape can reduce the appearance of scars by imitating the natural barrier of the skin and hydrating the scar. This needs to be worn as much as possible for 3-4 months for it to help reduce scarring.
Upon completion of your procedure, Mr Morgan will wrap the surgical area with the appropriate tape and bandages to help to ensure a smooth recovery.
Vitamin C serums can also help to fight against discolouration and brighten a dark brown pigmentation scar. Try to choose Vitamin C products that contain green tea and hyaluronic acid if you have a reddish scar.
Scar healing ingredients
You may want to invest in creams that contain aloe vera. Coconut oil, Vitamin E which all promote healing.
Massage your scar
If your scar is fairly new you should try massaging the area daily starting five days after a face, breast or body surgery to help improve its texture. Massage is a way to manually soften and flatten scars by breaking up the tissue.
How to prevent scarring
- Make sure that you protect your skin and scars with sunscreen. Sunburn may affect the colour and age of your scar. Sunscreen adds an additional layer of protection.
- Don’t pick at any scars you may have. Not only is it unsanitary but it may also prolong healing and cause unnecessary scarring.
- Make sure that you properly maintain and take care of the healing wounds. During recovery, be sure to follow all wound and dressing instructions that your surgeon gives you.
- Keep activity to a minimum. Any stress or strain that you put on the area may pull at the skin around the incision, making it larger.
If properly looked after and treated, they should be able to fade to a nearly invisible or at least far less noticeable state than before. If you are concerned about how your surgical recovery is progressing, it is important that you contact your surgeon. If you would like a second opinion, please feel free to contact Mr David Morgan for a consultation.