Scarring is a prime concern for most surgical patients, and this is especially true of women and men who trust a plastic surgeon to achieve the optimal aesthetic result.
Sacramento plastic surgeon Donald Hause is skilled at choosing the particular surgical technique that will minimize scarring for your cosmetic procedure. Central to that goal is carefully planning how many incisions will need to be made, and where they will be located. The process requires artistry, experience and precision.
Healing at Home
Dr. Hause will work closely with you to understand your preferences for placement and number of incisions. Once the surgery is over, there are things you yourself can do to speed the healing and ensure that any scars will be minimal in appearance. Dr. Hause will prescribe a topical medication for at-home use that will promote successful healing by keeping the area free of bacteria. The less energy your body devotes to defending against microbes, the more it can focus on healing.
Avoiding physical activity during recovery is another way you can help your body heal without stress or distraction. Vigorous exercise, reaching, lifting and straining can all pull at the skin and result in an irregular healing pattern. Dr. Hause will advise you when you may return to light activity such as walking, which is good for both your circulation and mood.
Smoking may seem like the type of behavior that, although damaging to your long-term health, wouldn’t have much of an effect on healing. In reality, smoking interferes with your body’s ability to supply ample oxygen to the cells, and oxygen is vital to the healing process. Dr. Hause recommends that you stop smoking before your surgery and during recovery.
Finally, it is important that you minimize exposure to the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays. It’s good advice on any day, but especially during the time your skin is working hard to close an incision. Sun exposure in the days after surgery can actually result in scars that are thicker and darker — and much more noticeable.
To learn more about ensuring minimal scarring in surgical procedures, call Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery at (916) 646-6869 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.