How to Treat a Surgical Scar

How to care for scars in summer?

Written by: Dr. Pedro Pérez-Escariz Sánchez
Published: | Updated: 18/08/2018
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

After a surgical treatment, there are frequent scars, but that does not mean that they should be visible or of poor quality. In our consultation (Consul Dr. Pérez-Escariz) we take care of the detail of your treatment from the first moment, so that they are as small and discreet as possible.

 

It is important to keep in mind that you have to start treatment as soon as possible, especially when sunshine is approaching. In addition, to treat and improve them, you must know them.

 

Factors that influence the scars:

 

  • The anatomical region where it is ; There are areas of our body that heal worse than others, for example: the presternal area, back, ears and shoulders are areas of poor quality; However, the forehead, eyelids, and hands are the best.
  • The causes that caused it: a surgical scar is kept longer with inflammation, since it is usually deeper, but they are of higher quality, since the cut or incision is controlled by the surgeon. Burns tend to be more widespread, and scars from trauma or puncture (mild and sutured) have a faster recovery.
  • Stage of healing; Is considered a "scar" the mark or mark on the skin after closing a wound. So, at the beginning of this process will have a more rosy or red tonality, at least the first 6-9 months. This is when the scar is in its most active phase, and when we can improve it more with the different means that we have. The healing process is variable in each patient, also depending on age and race.

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How to Treat a Scar

We can begin to treat a scar from the moment that there are no crusts or wounds (approximately the 4th week after surgery). There are different ways to do this:

 

  • Sun protection: the most important. A good protection cream with full screen (50+) is essential. Renewing it every 4-5 hours if there is sun exposure. There are different brands in the market, some of them with color for the face that give a touch of makeup. Sesderma, Avene, has a wide range and a very pleasant cosmetic.
  • Healing cream : our scar is active 24 hours, so we must apply treatments the more hours a day the better. Creams such as Cicapost (ISDIN laboratory) or Musk Rose Oil are easy to apply. Beware of oils as they stain and it is best to apply them at night.
  • Patches : we have different types, such as silicone or polyurethane (trofolastin Reducer Scars). They are very comfortable as they stick together and we are treating the area all day. It is not even necessary to remove them for the shower. We place them to our scar and we forget. It is not advisable to apply cream and patches at the same time, better to go alternating.
  • Massages : the scars tend to create adhesions to deeper planes, remaining "anchored". To avoid it, we will perform a circular massage on the own scar, to take it off. We can do it by applying some cream or healing oil.
  • Gels : for areas very visible as the face are very useful, since they go unnoticed and are not seen, but must be renewed every 12 hours.

 

If we are constant in these cares, the results are pleasantly surprising.

 

For more information consult a specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Repairing Surgery .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Pedro Pérez-Escariz Sánchez
Plastic surgery

Degree in medicine and surgery from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Dr. Pedro Sanchez Perez-Escariz has a long formation which extends in the most prestigious hospitals in Europe and the United States. Your cosmetic surgeon specialization has led him to be the author of several chapters in books on the subject and participated in numerous forums and conferences. Dr. Pérez-Escariz also has an experience of 30 years and is currently working as a plastic surgeon Unit of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery IBERMUTUAMUR (Central Services of Madrid).

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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