Scar Management Tips for after Surgery

shutterstock_65617258Any type of plastic surgery that involves creating incisions in the skin is going to result in scarring of some sort. The plastic surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery are careful to create the smallest incisions possible, placing them discreetly in places that can be concealed by natural creases or skin folds, or behind clothing. The amount of scarring left by a surgery depends on many individual factors, such as a person’s healing rate, skin pigmentation, age and genetics. Regardless of these factors, proper scar management is essential to minimize, or possibly even eliminate, scars. Here are some scar management tips to ensure that your scars will fade as quickly and completely as possible.

Tip #1: Get Proper Nutrition and Hydration

Since scarring is part of the body’s natural healing process, it is important to give the body everything it needs in order to heal properly. Boost your immune system by getting adequate nutrition and properly hydrating your body. A diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those that contain a high level of antioxidants, will give your body the nutrients it needs while it heals. Food with high levels of vitamins A and C as well as zinc are also beneficial. And drinking plenty of fresh water and teas with antioxidants (such as green tea) will help the body get rid of toxins.

Tip #2: Protect Incisions from the Sun

Scars that are exposed to the sun may become darkly pigmented, and permanently. Avoid sun exposure to your incision sites as much as possible for at least the first six months (and longer, after certain procedures). This includes not just natural sunlight but also the artificial light in tanning beds. If you are planning on going out into the sun or to the tanning bed, make sure to cover your incision sites and apply a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 on your scars, even when covered.

Tip #3: Quit Smoking

Smoking not only introduces toxins into the body, it also interferes with the body’s ability to circulate oxygen. The result? Your body has to work much harder to heal itself. This is why most surgeons will tell you to stop smoking for at least the few weeks before and after surgery. Smoking hinders the scar healing process and is linked to poor-quality wound healing — and even possible tissue loss.

Tip #4: Watch Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol dehydrates both the body and the skin, thins the blood and hinders the body’s natural healing process. It also increases swelling in the body, and prolongs the recovery period after surgery. For these reasons, it is important to avoid, or at least limit, your alcohol intake after surgery and while your scar heals.

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