Here at our office, we pride ourselves on not only giving patients great surgical results but also on placing incisions in areas that can typically be concealed. For instance, when we perform a tummy tuck, we try to make the incision near the pubic bone so that it can be covered with underwear or a bikini. And even though we can do our best to place the incision in a hidden place, it’s your job to take care of the area to prevent extreme scarring. But what can you do on your end? Let’s take a closer look and see.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Depending on where your incision site is, you may or may not ever run into the issue of exposing it to the sun. If, however, you do expose it to the sun, it is more likely to darken the scar and make it a lot more prominent. Try to avoid sun exposure altogether or apply a thick layer of sunscreen over the top if you do start to soak up the rays.
Don’t Pick At It
If you are the type of person that picks at every pimple you get and every scar you’ve ever received, this is more likely to make the issue worse. Rather than picking at your scar as it starts to form, try to avoid touching it altogether; even if it gets really itchy and uncomfortable. Remember that the more you leave it alone overall, the better.
Another great way for you to minimize your chances of getting Frankenstein-like scarring is to keep it moisturized while it’s healing. The more the ski is hydrated, the less likely it is going to create a really large and visible scar.
Taking care of your skin after surgery will help you reduce the chances of getting scars that would have even Frankenstein himself feeling a little bit scared. If you want to learn more about postoperative tips and instructions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at our Brighton or Newton at 617-965-9500.