First of all here are a few tips about caring for a scar after surgery.
A scar never really disappears. The idea is to take care of it so that it fades as much as possible.
After the trauma of an operation, it is tempting to keep the dressing on for as long as possible, thereby protecting the damaged flesh from any external threat. Nevertheless it is important to remove the dressing and clean the scar every 2 days.
We advise you to use gentle local antiseptic. Spray the solution directly onto the scar.
Keep the dressing on until the stitches have been removed. Then leave it uncovered for a few days, just to get used to any unfamiliar physical sensations. Continue to clean the scar with local antiseptic.
The next step recommended by surgeons is to apply healing cream. But prior to that, we advise sing an organic plant honey applied with a compress. Opinions differ, but both acacia and thyme are recommended. Follow your intuition.
The Bisolaires have opted for liquid thyme honey. Adopt the same ritual every night for two months, which involves cleaning the scar with disinfectant, allowing it to dry for a few minutes, then applying a generous dose of honey over the area and covering overnight with a non-woven dressing. This helps to soften the skin (honey has been known since the Antiquity for its exceptional therapeutic properties and is able to promote or even accelerate the healing of the tissues. Only for external use).
After two months, switch to healing cream which should be applied generously twice a day for three months, until the scar begins to fade. The application should be made along the length of the scar; to stretch but not to widen the scar.
If you have forgotten your cream and your scar feels a little tight, olive oil can be used as an occasional alternative.
At the seasons change to autumn and winter, it is not unusual to experience a degree of tightness around the scar, so do not hesitate to reapply the cream several times a day.
It is very important throughout this process to stay tuned in to your own body. The surgeon and / or pharmacist will advise you how to massage your scar with the cream, pressing firmly, so that it does not blister. Listen to your own common sense, as this process can be painful if you do it too soon. If it is too uncomfortable or actually hurts, leave the massaging for a few days, but not for too long.
The same applies to sport. Doctors often advise you to wait for a month before resuming these activities. Follow your instinct. Damaged skin is extremely sensitive. Allow your body the time it takes. The important thing is to set yourself the objective of starting again and keep to it for the following few months. Things may happen very slowly and then, just drop into place.
It is important to remember that after an operation, the body is fragile and more susceptible to illness. You need to build up your immune system and natural defenses.
Sun and scar
You should avoid exposing your scar to the sun for one year after the operation. Exposure to UV rays, may lead to hyperpigmentation (skin darkening). The more recent scars are, the more they react to higher levels of UV rays.
One may always resort to a dressing or an anti UV stick, with a more sticky composition than a sun cream. This ensures sun protection for sensitive, overexposed or excluded areas and is also recommended for tattoos (see chapter on “Sun and Tattoos”).