Scar Healing Time

Scar Healing Time

If the trauma is minor, healing time for the wound should be quick, and scar formation minimal. If your scar is deeper, as is often the case with surgical scars, healing time will take longer. However long it takes, a scar goes through three stages of healing. The first phase of wound healing is a period of inflammation that may last anywhere from two to six days, depending on how severe the initial trauma. During this period, you’ll experience warmth, some redness, swelling, and pain.

When the initial trauma spot begins to subside and ceases inflammation, your skin begins to produce collagen to knit the edges of the wound or trauma area together. This is the period when scarring may develop. Most scars start to improve within 2 – 3 weeks, and will continue to improve for up to six months. Finally, your skin will continue to break down the excess collagen that created your initially raised and reddish scar, and turn it into a thin, flat scar that may be visible or almost invisible. This period take from six months to several years with the finalized appearance of your scar in about 1-2 years.

Read: How to Help Your Skin Heal Scars

It’s important to respond to a wound or trauma to your skin immediately, even before healing begins. If you’re a smoker, stop! It causes blood vessels to contract, decreasing healing oxygen to the body and skin. Avoid direct sunlight while your skin heals. This may seem impossible, but it is necessary! When your skin is fully knit together, begin exercising regularly. Exercise will increase oxygen to all of your body tissues, including the deep levels of your skin. Your scar will heal more quickly, and your body will be healthier, too.

If you haven’t been eating properly, now is the time to rethink your eating habits. A balanced diet is very important to proper scar healing. Try to get the most nutritional foods possible into your system, especially foods rich in Vitamin C. Be sure to include protein-rich foods for the collagen your skin needs to heal properly, and increase your Vitamin B and zinc levels, too. Eat plenty of foods rich in Vitamin A to enhance your skin’s ability to absorb moisture, and drink plenty of liquids.

Most importantly, stay out of the sun and apply a sunblock with SPF 30 to ensure total protection when you go outside. At the same time, begin applying a scar healing cream to your traumatized skin or scar, as soon as your skin has completely closed up. For instance, if you have a surgical scar, laceration or burn that required sutures, use InviCible Scars on the area as soon as the sutures are removed. If you’ve had a skin resurfacing, wait until there is no “rawness” before beginning to use Invincible. For scars or dark marks from acne, apply InviCible at least twice a day, directly on the affected areas, but not on active acne spots.

With proper exercise and nutrition, avoidance of the sun and application of InviCible Scars, your scar will heal beautifully, and more quickly than you might think.

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How to Get Rid of Liposuction Scars

How to Get Rid of Liposuction Scars

When you choose liposuction to smooth the appearance of your skin, you obviously want the most natural outcome possible. Unfortunately, the process of liposuction can and will leave behind scars. In order to minimize their appearance, and to prevent them from becoming worse than they could – or should – be, it is important for you to take proactive steps towards promoting scar healing. Though the incision site for a liposuction procedure will be smaller than that used by other procedures, it’s important to treat the site of the incisions you receive with the same care as you would the incisions left behind by any surgical procedure.

This process begins before you even head in for liposuction. Drinking plenty of water may not hydrate your skin, but it’s still important for overall health and to be as healthy as possible when heading into surgery. Likewise, ensuring that you are eating a healthy diet filled with the proper vitamins and nutrients, such as zinc and copper, can help to promote the healing of your scars through the development of the collagen required for the formation of healthy scar tissue. It’s also important to ensure that you are not smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to the procedure, as well as for 6 weeks immediately following it, as smoking can slow down the healing process and lead to worsened scars.

Ensuring that your liposuction scars heal fully and with a minimal amount of damage does not end once you have the procedure, though. It’s important to give them the proper aftercare immediately following the procedure, as well as for several weeks afterwards, until the scars themselves have begun to fade. Using a topical treatment that contains natural Vitamin C can offer you a tremendous boost to the healing of your scars. A treatment such as this will need to be used on a regular basis, as the body does not naturally store Vitamin C, so keep this in mind. Keeping the scars moisturized with a treatment such as that offered through ingredients like dimethicone silicone can also be important.

Though you might think that clothing is enough to prevent damaging exposure to the sun, remember that UV rays can travel through clothing, so making use of a sunscreen with appropriate UVA and UVB protection. It goes without saying that you should use at least an SPF 30 if you plan on heading to the beach or the pool at any time in the months following your liposuction procedure.

If you take the proper steps, you can vastly minimize the appearance of liposuction scars. Because they’re small to begin with, you can prevent them from being very noticeable at all. The important thing is to be proactive in the treatment of your liposuction scars and in the treatment process.

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How to Minimize Facelift Scars

How to Minimize Facelift Scars

Scarring is a concern regardless of the type of cosmetic surgery an individual is receiving. However, a procedure such as a facelift can be even more concerning to patients, as any scarring that may result will be much more readily visible than the scars that may appear with other types of procedures. There are many ways to reduce the appearance of scars after a facelift, just follow these tips below:

Be Proactive With Scar Healing

The first thing that every individual must do is be proactive about their health, and especially the health of their skin, prior to their surgery. It is recommended that for the best health possible, every individual quit smoking at least 6 weeks prior to and after surgery. For more information as to how smoking affects scars, be sure to read the highlighted post.

Maintaining a healthy diet with vitamin-rich foods is always a good idea, but can be especially important around the time of your surgery. After all, the healthier you are overall, the quicker you will generally heal. And the quicker you heal, the less chance there is for very noticeable scarring at the site of the incision for your facelift.

Read: How to Optimize Scar Healing with Nutrition

Caring for Sutures Immediately Post-Surgery

You will be given information from your cosmetic surgeon for the care of your incision sites immediately following the facelift procedure. It is important to follow your surgeon’s directions exactly – this will be your first step in ensuring that your wounds heal as they should. With a facelift it will be easy to avoid damage to the incision site during the day. However, you will need to pay attention to the way that you are sleeping in order to avoid irritating the site of the incision during the night.

Further Steps to Minimize Face Lift Scars

Be aware that for several weeks after surgery, even after the initial sutures are removed, the scars left behind will be noticeably red. This is normal, so don’t be alarmed – much of this will fade over time.  (Read: Are red scars permanent scars?) However, there are things that you can do to ensure that they heal better and faster.

With bodily scars, it is easier to cover them with clothing to avoid harmful sunlight. With facelift scars, you will need to be sure that you are using a sunblock that can block both UVA and UVB rays. You may also consider wearing a hat or scarf to block direct sunlight to the scars.

As you progress through the healing process, you can also consider the use of scar treatment products containing ingredients such as dimethicone silicone, which has significant moisturizing properties, and vitamin C, which have proven efficacy in the fading and softening of scars. Though you can never make scars disappear completely, taking the proper steps can minimize them by a great amount.

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Why Do Surgical Scars Itch?

Why Do Surgical Scars Itch?

After surgery, one of the short-term and even long-term side effects that many patients have to deal with is itching at the scar site along with any pain you may be dealing with. It can be a very uncomfortable problem, one that can even affect quality of life, and although treatment may be difficult, it’s helpful to understand the process involved.

For any injury, including surgery, the healing process begins with blood clotting to form a scab. As new collagen is produced and replenished at the wound site, as well as elastin fibers, it is this portion of healing that can cause scar itching and discomfort. Itching can also come from sensation in the nerve endings that were cut or affected and from inflammation at the wound site.

Keeping the area hydrated is essential. You can do this with a body moisturizer or with a scar treatment that contains moisturizing ingredients (one with silicone works best.) A temporary, short term way to subside itching is using icepacks for short periods of time to help numb the area enough to help, although you shouldn’t keep ice on for more than about ten minutes at a time. Avoid using bar soaps, as they tend to strip the skin of natural oils, leaving the skin dry and chapped, which will increase itching.

Itching can also be an indication of infection. If you experience heat or pain along with the itching, it’s best to contact your doctor to discuss it further. An infection is not only dangerous to your health, but also contributes to a larger scar.

In general, as time goes on the itching should fade, along with any pain and the appearance of the scar. It’s a normal part of the healing process.

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How to Fade Cleft Lip Scars

How to Fade Cleft Lip Scars

A cleft lip is a form of lip malformation that occurs very early in pregnancy, when the baby’s facial features are just beginning to develop. The tissues that create the top lip do not come together and fuse normally. This results in an abnormal slit, or “cleft”, in the upper lip. The nostrils and tip of the nose are also usually affected.

Cleft lip deformities can affect one or both sides of the upper lip. They can also occur in conjunction with a cleft in the roof of the mouth. This is known as a cleft palate. Cleft palates can also occur in isolation.

Surgery can correct a cleft lip, but leaves behind a facial scar on the top lip and around the base of the nose that can be quite visible. Most parents are understandably very eager to fade and minimize their child’s scar after cleft lip surgery.

The fresh scar is usually red, which is normal. As any wound begins to heal, the body creates new tiny blood vessels to bring extra blood to the area to help healing. This extra blood flow can make new scars appear quite red. Unfortunately, in some cases, the scar redness continues beyond this initial healing phase. The new scar may also become raised and firm.

It can take several months before the scar begins to soften, flatten, and fade. However, with proper care, the scar can eventually become much lighter, thinner and softer.

When Will the Scar Go Away?

Unfortunately, most surgical scars are permanent so there is no way to get rid of a cleft lip scar completely. It can take a year or longer for the scar to fade, soften and look it’s best.

Some scars don’t mature well and develop into more prominent scars over time. The other issue with children is that they grow. As they grow, their facial features (and facial scars) grow too. While the amount of scarring in proportion to the facial features stays the same, the absolute size of the scar gets bigger, and potentially more visible, as children grow into adults.

Will Vitamin E Help?

Many parents prefer to use a “natural” scar treatment and choose vitamin E. However, vitamin E has not actually been shown to reliably improve scars, and may even cause skin irritation in as many as 1/3rd of users. Aloe vera is a much safer “natural” choice.

Topical silicone is the gold standard in scar care; a product that combines silicone with natural ingredients like aloe vera is the most logical (and effective) choice for most parents.

The preferred scar therapy can be started as soon as the initial wound has healed, often within just a couple of weeks after surgery, as long as this is cleared by the surgeon ahead of time.

What Can I Do to Maximize the Results?

As you wait for your scar therapy to work, there are several things you can do to ensure the best results. First and foremost, a healthy diet is essential for normal healing, something you’ll already be providing for your little one!

Keep your child’s scar out of the sun as much as possible. Sun exposure increases scar pigmentation and can make scars permanently dark or red. Use a good tear-free sunscreen every time your child goes outside. Just be sure to put the sunscreen on after the scar therapy; the scar therapy should be applied directly to the skin.

Scar massage can also really help soften firm scars but this can be very tough to do in children. Try to apply pressure to the upper lip in a circular motion for as long as your child tolerates. This helps break up scar tissue and softens firm scars. One technique is to grasp the upper lip between the thumb and index finger and then lightly squeeze the scar in a circular motion.

We encourage parents to choose a scar treatment with a proven safety profile – InviCible Scars, for instance, not only contains proven ingredients but has also won the Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center.

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