You may have suffered facial surgery scarring if you’ve undergone treatment for injuries or trauma to the face.
Your first step in ensuring you have as few lasting scars as possible is to work with a surgeon who has proven experience delivering the best possible outcomes for your type of situation.
Next, follow these six tips during the facial surgery recovery process:
1. Use Antibiotic Ointment
Continually spread antibiotic ointment on the facial wound. First of all, antibiotic ointment will speed the healing process and protect you from infection. Second, keeping the wound moist will help reduce scabbing. Scabbing may be a sign of healing, but it also makes it more likely that scar tissue will grow.
2. Gently Clean Your Wound
Don’t scrub the incision. Always allow water to gently flow over the wound, or dab at it with a clean cloth and hydrogen peroxide solution. Being rough with the wound, even if it doesn’t hurt, will only stall healing and inflict further trauma.
3. Massage to Increase Blood Flow
You can minimize facial surgery scarring if you tenderly massage the skin around the incision following the procedure. Massage directs blood flow to the area, and this helps the healing process.
Once all sutures are removed, rub vitamin E oil or moisturizer around the incision at least twice a day at first. As healing progresses, massaging once a day will be enough.
4. Know the Signs of Infection
Infection risk is higher if your facial surgery was due to an injury. If the incision or skin around the area is red or swollen, or if you notice pus in the cut, call your doctor or oral and maxillofacial surgeon right away.
A fever could also be a sign of infection. Oral antibiotics may be needed to ward off further complications.
5. Stay Out of the Sun
Whatever you do, don’t expose a healing facial injury to the sun. Scars are more susceptible to UV-rays, and the incision might tan darker than surrounding skin. This noticeable difference may be permanent, and the scar may not ever fade. Either stay out of the sun, or use a high SPF sunscreen and cover the incision liberally and often.
6. Don’t Rush the Healing Process
Facial surgery scarring may seem unavoidable at first, because in the first few weeks and months following the procedure, incisions may be red or purple and raised. Don’t stress — this is normal.
By about six months after the procedure, the scar will likely flatten and begin to fade. You may see additional improvement for a year or more afterward.
Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is wholly dedicated to carrying out oral and facial surgical procedures expertly, minimizing facial surgery scarring as much as is possible. Contact us today when you need an experienced professional to handle your case with care.