One of the most common concerns among patients when they decide undergo cosmetic surgery is the wound healing process, and if the resulting scar will be noticeable or not.
It is important that you are aware that post-operatory care cannot be taken lightly, because this could cause poor wound healing, and, consequently, leave a notorious mark on your skin.
Scars are skin patches that grow over a wound that forms naturally when the body heals after a cut, scratch, burn, or incision.
If necessary care is not followed, scars could be thicker, red, or shinier than the rest of the skin.
In order to have a successful wound healing process, the following care should be observed after surgery:
Avoid tobacco at all costs. At least two weeks before the procedure you should reduce or preferably stop all tobacco consumption, because it causes low oxygenation in your bloodstream and harms the wound healing process.
Favor skin elasticity Another important aspect that you need to take care of is skin elasticity. You can do it with proper skin hydration, lubrication, and nutrition. Use moisturizers and aloe vera to keep the scar healthy.
Avoid sun exposure. You should also avoid exposure to UV radiation. During the first year after surgery, you should use sunscreen on the scar to protect against UV rays, even if it is cloudy or rainy. Also, the habit of taking care of your skin with sunscreen helps you look younger.
Rest After do not try to go back to your normal routine until your doctor specifies it. Too much physical stress can delay the healing process and cause swelling and bleeding.
One of the key factors of your wound healing process is a healthy diet. A balanced, diverse, and specific diet for the needs of each patient is the best medicine for recovery and wound healing.
The most important nutrients to promote a healthy recovery are:
Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant good for wound healing of burns, cuts, or wounds after surgery. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits such as: oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, as well as in vegetables like: spinach, cauliflower, and carrots.
Vitamin K: It promotes proper blood flow, and, consequently, proper wound healing. This vitamin can be found in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and arugula, and whole grains, among others.
B complex vitamins These vitamins participate in the cell and tissue creation and development process. You can find them in meat, cauliflower, and legumes.
Zinc: This mineral helps fight infections and boosts wound healing. You can find it in meats, shellfish, dairy products, and nuts.
If you follow all the doctor’s instructions, and have a proper diet, you will have a successful wound healing process, and you will enhance your health and beauty.
Consider that instructions may vary from patient to patient and may also depend of the type of surgery. So, take notice of your doctor’s recommendations to achieve perfect results.