Have you recently had a laparoscopic procedure and now have three or four incision marks on your abdomen? If you are like most women, you want your scars to eventually become invisible. Although scars will never truly become invisible, there are many things you can do to help your scars heal well, reduce scarring after surgery, and become as unnoticeable as possible.
First, follow the doctors orders for bandage and steri-strip removal. Bathe appropriately and treat your incision marks like a fresh wound– you want to be gentle with them and keep them clean and free of lotions or creams. If glue was used to close your incision marks there may be some residue left. Do not pick at the residual glue; allow your body time to heal and eliminate the glue on its own. If any spots become bothersome, call the office and schedule a time to let us help you. During your two week follow up appointment, we will check to make sure your incision marks are healing properly. In the event that an incision reopens, keep the area clean and contact our office or place of surgery as soon as possible. We will either re-glue the incision, use a stitch, or close it with a steri-strip.
After your incisions are fully closed and sealed, you may begin to use lotions or creams in those areas. In the morning and at night gently rub vitamin e oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil on and around the new scar. The oils will help soften the skin and heal tissue. You can also use an over-the-counter product like Mederma (found at most drugstores) or a natural scar care product found at a local health food store. If you go outside, be sure to keep your scars covered or use sunscreen, as sun is very damaging to new or sensitive skin. Avoid shaving on or around your scar until it is more comfortable to do so.
Recommended care for new scars is approximately two to four months. During this time, take extra care of your scars and be patient while your body heals. Swelling will go down, the redness will fade, and after a few months, you’ll hardly notice anything at all!