A scar is a permanent reminder of an injury or surgery. While it may be painful and unsightly in the days following treatment, you can help your scar cream work better by following these simple tips.
Use A Topical Anesthetic.
A topical anesthetic such as lidocaine can be used to numb areas where you are experiencing discomfort. It is available over the counter, and will help reduce swelling, redness and pain.
Anesthetic creams can be used on their own or in conjunction with scar gel. They are easy to apply and offer a quick way to minimize scarring effects after surgery.
Prevent bacteria from settling on the scar.
One of the best ways to keep your scars from becoming irritated and red is to prevent bacteria from settling on the scar.
To do this, you should wipe your scar with a clean cloth after each shower, and apply a thin layer of scar cream (if you’re using one).
You might also want to consider using a scar cream that contains a topical antibiotic or corticosteroid. Or if you need something stronger, try one that contains an anesthetic as well.
Keep It Clean And Dry.
One of the most important things you can do is keep your scar dry. Moisture causes irritation and inflammation, which delays healing time. Avoid bathing or swimming until your doctor gives you the okay, and apply a light moisturizer after showering or washing your hands to keep skin supple.
A compress is an especially helpful tool for keeping moisture away from the scar area because it will help to remove any excess moisture that has accumulated during sleep or throughout the day. A cool compress should be applied within 5 minutes of rehydrating wounds (such as incisions) for 20 minutes at a time every 2-4 hours when possible; it’s not recommended for open wounds since their exudates may cause additional damage if left in contact with heat for extended periods of time but can still be used effectively on closed wounds such as hypertrophic scars though this may take some experimentation until you find what works best for you and your body type.”
These Simple Tips Can Help Your Scar Cream Work Its Best.
The best way to boost the effectiveness of your scar cream after surgery is to do all of these things:
- Use a product with a minimum of 2% lidocaine. Lidocaine, which is an anesthetic, helps numb the area and reduce pain.
- Apply the cream immediately after surgery. The sooner you apply it, the better! You can even apply it before surgery so that you won’t feel any discomfort during or after the operation.
- Apply the cream 3-4 times a day for 1-2 weeks following surgery for best results. It’s important not only to use enough but also keep using it regularly until your body has fully healed from its trauma and gotten used to how much pressure will be placed on your newly formed scar tissue (which takes about 2 months).