Following a surgical operation of any sort, the body’s’ immediate response is to begin healing the operated area.
Skin is no different, and immediate healing with ensuing tissue and scar maturation takes place.
Part of the healing process is the invaluable in-growth of blood vessels transporting blood and oxygen to the tissue.
In addition to this is the deposition of collagen and other proteins, which facilitates the knitting together of the incision edges.
This results in a redness and occasional thickening in and around the scar, and at approximately 2 months (often longer) after the surgery, this new in-growth of blood vessels ceases and they begin to “pull back” commanded by an intricate messaging system.
The scar eventually changes from a bright red colour (“immature scar”), to a pink colour and eventually fades to a feint white line.
The “thickness” and “hardness” of the scar also settles with time and this too will soften and flatten.
All scars take time to “mature” or settle.
This depends on:
Taping of all scars for periods of up to 6-12 weeks will ensure that the scar remains well hydrated.
The daily application and massage of the Surgeons Choice Tissue Oil®onto the tape will further enhance the maturation and healing of the scar, by improving the hydration and pressure over the scar.
Surgeons Choice Tissue Oil ® contains several pure, high quality aromatic oils which have active anti-inflammatory and moisturizing effects on the scar.
Together will manual pressure, in the form of massage, the operated area and scar will mature and heal at a greater rate with superior results.
Dr. Jedeikin explains the exact postoperative scar management protocol to every patient attending his surgery.
In addition , he will outline certain “sensitive and delicate” areas, such as eyelids which require special attention.