Scar from surgery, ports, or drains can heal thick (keloid), and tight if no proper care and management has been done. Thus, there are a few tips that you can do to help improve skin texture, color, and mobility.
Here are the tips to do to help heal the scar.
1. Let your incision heal.
- Follow the surgeon’s timeline and let your body heal properly
- Avoid lifting, pushing, or doing movements that could stretch the incision part
- Avoid friction and irritants on the incision
2. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
- Once healed, keep the scar and skin moisturized
- well-hydrated skin provides an ideal healing environment, which is a balance of moisture and maximum exposure to oxygen
- moisturizer, silicone gel or sheets, and Vitamin E can help with long-term healing
3. Scar massage
- Scar massage and pressure treatment help reduce scar tissue and adhesion
- Scar massage allows the incision to heal flat with fewer symptoms
4. Sun protection
- Avoid exposing the scar to direct sunlight, as this will darken the scar
- Use a good spf 30+, especially if the scar is exposed, and helps the healing closer to the skin tone
Fatima Binti Zahra
Your Physio Alam Damai