Whenever you undergo surgery, chances are that you will be left with some scars after the surgery. Many surgical scars fade or disappear with time, but some stubborn scars do not fade away. For treating such scars, patients can opt for surgical scar revision. It eliminates the scars produced as a result of surgery. However, you need to follow a strict aftercare routine to get the desired results.
A Proper Guide for Surgical Scar Revision
Below is a guide that you can follow during the surgical scar revision aftercare phase. It will help you with some useful insights about the treatment as well.
You should expect the following symptoms after a surgical scar revision at the targeted site and the graft donor site if you had the scar revised by your skin graft.
Pain medication should help with the above symptoms, but in case of consistent, sharp pain, you should go back to the doctor immediately.
The skin at the graft donor site or the scar revision site might feel itchy and appear shiny due to swelling. However, if the skin becomes hot and red, contact your doctor immediately.
To reduce swelling and discomfort, apply cool compresses (not cold compresses) to the wound site. Wrap the cool compresses in a towel before placing them on the skin. Do this for a maximum of 20 minutes. Do not place the cool compresses or anything frozen directly on the skin.
First 24 Hours After the Surgery
Due to sedation, you will need an adult’s help for at least the first 24 hours after the surgery. You also need to follow the below-mentioned guidelines:
- Rest. After being driven home, you need to rest, but this does not necessarily mean bed rest. Rest is crucial in the first stages of healing but do some light walking now and then. Avoid stressful activities or anything that can stretch the scar.
- Healthy eating. Good nutrition is vital, so fluids are essential at this time. Go for yogurt, milk, and plenty of water. Avoid alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine, and green tea.
- Proper positioning. Elevate the wound site if it is on the lower part of the body. If it is on the upper side of the body, then a reclined position should be adopted.
- Change incision dressings. The wounds on the graft site and the scar revision site may leak some fluids after the surgery. Hence, it is crucial to change the incision dressings to keep them clean and dry. However, do not remove the steri-strips on the stitches.
- Wear compression garments. If you are given any compression garment, make sure to wear it as directed to avoid raised or irregular scars.
- Avoid smoking. Do not smoke as it can impair your ability to heal after the surgery.
- Take all medication as prescribed.
First Four Weeks after Surgery
- You should be able to resume your day-to-day activities but avoid strenuous activities.
- Tightness or discomfort and tingling will resolve within this time.
- Continue taking care of the wound as instructed.
- Avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight. Always wear sunscreen when going out as your skin is highly susceptible to sunburn at this time.
A Month Plus after Surgery
- Continue with healthy eating, fitness regime, and sun protection.
- The scar should continue to refine. Contact your doctor if the scar appears to be raised, red, thickened, or widen.
- Post-surgery follow-ups are recommended.
If you notice something that concerns you regarding your scar healing, contact your plastic surgeon immediately.
We have presented a detailed guide regarding the surgical scar revision aftercare phase. You need to follow all these instructions clearly if you want to get better results. Any negligence in the aftercare and your wound will not heal properly. Keep visiting your surgeon because it is necessary to monitor the healing process and check if you are experiencing something problematic. Therefore, follow-ups are essential. The cosmetic surgeons at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery® offer the best surgical scar revision and keenly monitor the aftercare phase. Get a free consultation with our experts to decide whether this treatment is suitable for you or not.