Surgical Scar Revision Aftercare Guide

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Surgical Scar Revision

Whenever you undergo a surgery, there are chances that you will be left with some scars after the surgery. Many surgical scars fade or disappear with time but there are some stubborn scars that do not fade away. For this purpose, surgical scar revision can opt. It eliminates the scars that are produced as a result of surgery. However, you need to follow a strict aftercare routine in order to get the desired results.

A Proper Guide for Surgical Scar Revision

Below is a guide that you can follow during your surgical scar revision aftercare phase. It will help you with some useful insights about the treatment as well.

Post-Operative Symptoms

You should expect the following symptoms after a surgical scar revision at the targeted site as well as at the graft donor site if you had the scar revised by your own skin graft.

  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Tightness
  • Redness

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 at 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.

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The First 24 Hours After the Surgery

Because of the sedation, you will need the help of an adult for at least first 24 hours after the surgery and you also need to follow the following guidelines;

  • After being driven home you need to get rest but this does not necessarily mean bed rest. Rest is crucial in the first stages of healing but do some light walking every now and then. Avoid stressful activities or anything that can stretch the scar.
  • Healthy eating. Good nutrition is vital so fluids are very important at this time. Go for yogurt, milk and plenty of water. Avoid alcohol, carbonated, caffeine and green-tea beverages.
  • 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 at the scar revision site may leak some fluids after the surgery. Hence, it is important 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 were given any compression garment, make sure to wear them 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.

The First Four Weeks after Surgery

  • You should be resuming your normal 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.
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A Month Plus after Surgery

  • Continue with a 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 doctor 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 as well. Get a free consultation with our experts to decide whether this treatment is suitable for you or not.

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