Tips for a Smooth Recovery after Surgery
Do you have an upcoming surgery, or are you currently recovering from one?
Recovering from any surgery can be hard on your mental and physical wellbeing. Whether it was a major or minor procedure, your body has gone through stress. If an incision was required during the surgery, you may be left with a scar which is the body’s natural way of repairing and strengthening damaged skin.
Depending on the size and placement of the scar, some people may embrace their new scars whilst others may be left feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious about the new appearance of their skin.
DermaScar is committed to helping visually improve the appearance of scarring. This article aims to provide simple at home tips and tricks you can implement to help promote a swift recovery for both mind and body.
Please ensure you consult a medical professional before executing any of the below suggestions to ensure they are right for your unique situation.
In general, nutrition and gut health are extremely important to your body’s function, and in the wound healing process, healing may be compromised or may take a longer time to heal without optimal nutrition.
- Ensure you’re getting plenty of healthy minerals and vitamins.
- In conjunction with a wide variety of foods, eating protein rich foods can help to support new healthy tissue growth.
- Stay hydrated! Try and drink plenty of fluids before and after your procedure.
As soon as your doctor clears you, get moving.
- Remaining immobile after the recommended time frame, can be detrimental to the healing process and can open you up to other health issues.
- Staying inside and in bed for long periods of time could negatively affect your mental state.
- You could start with a light, short walk to soak up some fresh air, vitamin D and get your circulation flowing.
Take Care of Your Scar
- Newly formed scars should not be exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Try and avoid intense sunshine, sunbeds, saunas, and extreme cold conditions.
- Tight clothing should also be avoided when possible as it can irritate or injure your scar tissue.
- Utmost care should be taken during stretching and strengthening exercises as the previously damaged skin may be sensitive.
Get Enough Rest
It sounds like we are contradicting ourselves here, we aren’t!
- Movement is an important part of the healing process but giving your body enough time to heal is just as vital.
- If you’re up and about too early you could open your incision site or have a fall which may set your healing back substantially.
- Listening to your doctor’s advice on movement is essential.
DermaScar has a range of Australian made, medical grade silicone gels designed to visually improve scars from 4 weeks*
- It is important to ensure the wound is healed completely before applying a DermaScar Silicone Gel.
- Typically, this will be 10-14 days after your procedure.
- Once the wound is intact and dry, you can begin to apply a DermaScar Silicone Gel twice a day.
- Once in the morning and once at night. If you have any doubts on whether your wound is healed, please consult a health professional before starting treatment.
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