Have you always wanted plastic surgery but are worried about the resulting scars? While some scarring depends on genetics, type of surgery, and other factors outside of your control, there are many things you can do to mitigate scarring post surgery. Don’t let a fear of scarring keep you from pursuing your goals of plastic surgery. Lubbock patients can rely on Dr. Jane Rowley of Rowley Plastic Surgery and her extensive expertise during the procedure to keep scars minimal from the start. Here are a few things you can do after surgery.
1. Natural Remedies
Remedies such as St. John’s wort, aloe vera, vitamin E, and shea or cocoa butter may all reduce scarring and promote healthy skin. Massage can also help by stimulating healthy blood flow to the healing area and reducing the build-up of scar tissue below the surface of the skin. Be sure, however, to check with your doctor to learn when you can begin massaging topical ointment after plastic surgery. Lubbock patients can rely on Dr. Rowley for expert advice and aftercare.
2. Over The Counter (OTC) Remedies
There are many OTC remedies for scarring. Sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be your first line of defense against scarring. Creams, lotions, oils, and silicone sheets can help reduce scarring and help keep your skin healthy and moisturized, though some should be used during healing and some shouldn’t be used until the wound has closed. Check with your surgeon on timing.
Lastly, there are in-office procedures you can pursue to reduce scarring from plastic surgery. Lubbock patients can ask Dr. Jane Rowley for more information on these procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing, Kenalog injections, IPL (intense pulsed light), microdermabrasion, surgical revision, or radiation.
If you have questions about scarring, contact Rowley Plastic Surgery today. You can schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your concerns with Dr. Rowley and put your mind at ease knowing you’ve chosen the best plastic surgery Lubbock has to offer. Call now.