FTM surgery requires appropriate care during the recovery process to minimize the risk of common issues related to swelling, bruising, and scarring.
Although many patients worry about potential scarring, there are key steps you can take to prevent them.
There are also different types of scars that you should be aware of along with the simple ways that you can care for treated areas during your recovery from surgery.
Scar Types and Development
Scars appear as the result of healing tissues following surgery or physical injury. The skin around the treated areas first undergoes a stage of inflammation. This is characterized by swelling, redness, and pain.
Soon, new collagen is created to help rebuild and restore the tissues, which causes the incision to close and allows for further healing to take place.
Different types of scars can appear, including widened, hypertrophic, and keloid scars. Each has its unique characteristics and symptoms. Wide scars may produce itching sensations that dissipate over time.
Scars that are hypertrophic may be slightly painful and red while keloids are often difficult to treat and may cause long-term pain and itchiness.
Minimizing Post-Surgery Scarring
Caring for the treated areas allows the tissues to heal and is the first step in minimizing scarring when healing from surgery. It protects you from infections that slow down your recovery and lead to other health issues.
Long-term exposure to direct sunlight can make scarring worse. If you decide to use sunscreen or other protective products, consult with your doctor first. This is especially important when addressing areas that have sutures.
Tobacco use has also been shown to contribute to the development of scars after surgery. Tobacco interferes with tissue healing and should be eliminated or minimized as much as possible.
The right maintenance strategy is key to reducing the visibility of scars and ensuring that your surgery provides you with the best results possible.
Commonly Used Treatments
There are a number of treatments that you can ask your doctor about. Many of these have been effective in minimizing scarring after surgery. They include the use of Vitamin E, honey and baking soda, and amla paste.
Vitamin E can be applied topically and is available in different products. It aids in the development of new collagen. This allows the new tissues to have improved strength and texture.
Honey can prevent infections while keeping the tissues moisturized. Combining it with baking soda creates a topical paste that’s applied to the treated areas.
Similarly, many patients use amla powder as a way to minimize scarring. Amla powder can be mixed with water to create a paste, which is then applied over the treated areas to sit and then rinsed off after a period of time.
You should always consult with your doctor prior to using these or any other treatment methods. Your doctor understands your unique case and can make the recommendations that support your healing and prevent unwanted side effects.
Knowing how to minimize scarring when healing from surgery enhances the results you achieve and ensures long-term satisfaction with your FTM procedure.