Scarring after plastic surgery is undoubtedly one of the biggest areas of concerns for patients. Although all surgical procedures result in some degree of scarring, there are several ways to minimize the appearance of scars. In this blog post, Dr. Donald Hause of Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery shares his top tips on post-op scarring.
Use Products as Prescribed
Following surgery, Dr. Hause may prescribe topical creams and ointments for you to apply to the surgical incision site(s). It is important to use these products only as prescribed because they will not only help your skin heal, but also help keep the area(s) clean from bacteria and infection.
Practice Proper Sun Protection
Sun damage can cause scars to thicken and darken. You should avoid exposing your scars to the sun for the first two weeks after surgery. After that, you should always apply sunscreen to all exposed skin areas, including your scars.
Do Not Smoke
Smoking slows down your body’s healing process. It hinders your body’s ability to carry oxygen to the skin and constricts your circulation, compromising wound healing. For these reasons, you should not smoke for the first few weeks after surgery.
Hydrate and Eat Healthy
Drinking plenty of water and eating the right foods boosts your immune system, which helps your scars heal as quickly as possible. Be sure to eat foods rich in vitamin C and lysine to aid your immune system, and plenty of protein to aid the body’s production of collagen, which helps keep the skin looking elastic and healthy.
Slowly Ease Back Into Exercise
Resuming exercise or other strenuous activities too soon after surgery can cause damage to your surgical incision sites and result in poor wound healing. You should avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting and bending for the first two weeks after surgery. However, Dr. Hause does recommend patients take very short walks during their initial recovery in order to promote good circulation that helps wound healing. Dr. Hause can give you more specific instructions for post-op exercise during your consultation.
Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon
The best thing you can do to ensure beautiful and successful results is choose a qualified plastic surgeon for your procedure. A good plastic surgeon is skilled in the procedure of your choice and uses the appropriate techniques to achieve the best results. Dr. Hause is the plastic surgeon Sacramento patients trust. The board certified surgeon is trained and experienced in a variety of procedures, including body contouring and facial rejuvenation procedures.
To learn more about the procedures he offers, schedule a consultation by calling (916) 646-6869 today.