How to optimize scar healing:
Your Golden Do’s
1. Do keep your healing wound clean to avoid infection
Once your dressings are off, gently clean your wound at least once a day or whenever it is exposed to a dirty or dusty environment. Use a cleansing gel designed to optimize wound healing, which is hypoallergenic and gentle enough to use on healing skin.
Don’t dowse your wound in disinfectants like hydrogen peroxide as this can kill new skin cells and actually delay healing.
2. Do avoid stretching the skin
Pulling on skin can result in a wide scar or even “pop your stitches” causing your wound to reopen. Avoid activities that place excessive tension on your wound (like lifting heavy weights, certain sports) for several weeks after surgery. You should also avoid clothing that rubs on the healing skin.
3. Do make sure you get your stitches out on time
Too early and your wound could re-open, too late and they could leave marks. Don’t leave your doctor’s office without clear instructions on when and how to have your stitches removed (assuming they’re not dissolvable).
4. Do use a good scar cream to help your skin heal
Choose a reputable scar healing cream from your local pharmacy. The kind of cream you are looking for will help soothe inflammation, promote repair and protect against both infection and sun. You can start using it as soon as the wound is closed and dry.
5. Do combine your scar cream with massage techniques
Scar massage can optimize your skin’s healing: make sure you do it at least once a day. Massage will improve the chances of a result you’re happy with by stimulating neat, healthy healing.
6. Do keep your scar out of the sun
Fresh wounds are prone to dark pigmentation if exposed to UV radiation, so opt for a healing cream with very high sun protection (SPF50+) while it is healing.
What can I do to get rid of my scar?
There are a few very simple steps that you can take to improve your scar’s appearance. Though it is not always possible to prevent scarring or remove scars – some degree of scar tissue will form every time skin is cut down to its deeper layer, the dermis – you can improve your chances of achieving the “best-looking” scar type: soft, flat and white.