In addition to hoping for a successful surgery, often patients are concerned about ensuring a successful recovery–including minimal scarring. Certainly there are factors beyond your control in managing scars after having Lubbock plastic surgery. Factors that contribute to scarring or the visibility of scarring include: old age; fair skin; genetic tendencies; and the size, depth, and location of your incision. Most of these factors are set for you, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel helpless since there are plenty of things you can do to help your healing process and reduce the appearance of scars.
How to Reduce The Appearance of Scars
- Stop smoking.This certainly is not an easy thing to do, but it is incredibly important for your recovery. You should begin eliminating smoking from your lifestyle several weeks before your surgery, and then continue abstaining for several months after. Smoking limits the oxygen levels in your blood and causes the blood to carry carbon monoxide. Your body needs lots of fresh oxygen to heal properly after plastic surgery in Lubbock. Smoking and insufficient oxygen levels can lead to complications in your recovery.
- Drink LOTS of water and eat plenty of fruits and veggies. The better your nutritional intake, the healthier your immune system will be to aid your recovery. Coffee, alcohol, and soda do not count toward your overall needed water. Fresh, clean water (preferably filtered) is a must for scar reduction.
- Properly care for the wound as it heals. Keeping the wound clean and hydrated. Absolutely do not pick at the scab as it heals. Flat silicone sheeting can help a scar retain a low profile by keeping it from raising above the level of the surrounding skin. Certain creams can also help. You may notice swelling and bruising around the surgery location. For example, breast implants may seem larger than expected as you wait for swelling to reduce. Give yourself time for you body to recover from the initial shock of Lubbock plastic surgery.
A little bit of love and a lot of patience can help you gently care for your wound as it heals. The more you can do to live a generally healthy lifestyle with good food, exercise (as appropriate, pending your type of surgery), and good hygiene, the better your chances are for a thorough recovery with minimal scars. And within a short time your breast implants or other surgery will be well on its way to perfection.