Plastic and cosmetic surgeons work hard to create great results for their patients. However, when it comes to liposuction or any surgical procedures, the chance of scarring exists.
Even the most gifted surgeon cannot guarantee a procedure without scars. However, there are things that the patient can do to help mitigate scarring and promote healing:
- Sleep. Get eight hours or more of sleep per night and the more the better. The body needs a low-stress period to rest and rebuild tissue. Sleep helps the healing process.
- Drink lots of water. Water helps the body eliminate toxins and medications.
- Creams or Silicone Sheets. Although topical creams and silicone sheets cannot reverse scarring, moist skin can help diminish the appearance of scars and reduce the chance of scarring. Following your surgeon’s instructions on use of these treatments is very important.
- Compression garments. They serve an important purpose in preventing swelling and blood clots which can also help reduce scarring. Be sure to follow instructions to the letter.
- Eat well. As always, but especially following something as traumatic as surgery, your body and skin needs lots of nutrients. Eat your fruits, vegetables, whole grains and high-quality proteins.
- Be vigilant. Keep an eye on your body and your area of surgery. If you notice that it isn’t healing as expected or you become concerned about infection or an alarming amount of swelling, call your surgeon.
Your surgeon will provide post-op instructions to help with healing, recovery and reducing scarring. If you have any questions about your liposuction procedure, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.