Whether you’ve earned your scars from a recent injury, or are triumphantly recovering from a surgery, chances are you’re now on the lookout for an effective scar treatment. But even once you find effective scar products, when exactly can you start using them?
In this blog post, we’ll cover how to get rid of scars, when to start using scar products, and answer a question you might have in regards to your scar recovery: how long does it take surgery scars to heal?
How Soon After Surgery Can I Use Scar Products?
The million-dollar question is in regards to when to start using scar products. Here at Rejuvaskin, we first and foremost always recommend that you follow your doctor’s individual instructions for your body and your lifestyle. However, as a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t start using scar products until your incision has completely closed.
So how long does that take?
How Long Does It Take Surgery Scars to Heal?
This is a common question many of our customers have. While there’s no “hard and fast” rule, this can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks, though it usually takes only about a week or so for the wound itself to fully close.
The rate at which your surgical wound closes will depend on many factors, namely how well you keep it clean and dry. Following your surgeon’s instructions is incredibly important for reducing healing time and getting to apply your scar treatment sooner. If you want your wound to heal as soon as possible, take the following tips into consideration:
- Don’t submerge your incision for at least 6 weeks.
- Don’t poke, scratch, pull, or pick at your incision.
- If your incision starts to open, contact your doctor immediately.
- Do not wash your incision with anything other than warm water for the first week or two.
- Do not apply skincare or scar care products until the wound has completely closed.
- Take it easy; don’t overwork that part of your body.
- Be patient and minimize stress.
How To Get Rid of Scars: Which Products Do I Use?
The gold standard in scar management is silicone. While healing a scar, limiting water loss during the scar’s reconstruction phase is critical, which is where silicone comes into play. Silicone products like our sheeting or gel create an occlusive barrier that puts a halt to water loss in the wound site. When addressing your scars, make sure you have a product for all times of day一 this will ensure that your scar is constantly protected.
A Silicone Sheet
Use at night while you sleep
For example, our Scar Fx Silicone Sheets come in many shapes and sizes and can be cut down effectively to give you the exact coverage you need. For more information about this, check out How Do Scar Fx Silicone Sheets Work On Scars?
A Silicone Gel
Use during the day in high-visibility areas
Silicone gels are great for daytime coverage in spots that are more visible to others, such as the face, neck, hands, and more. Luckily, gels like our RejûvaSil Silicone Scar Gel go on clear so that no one will notice you’re wearing anything.
A Silicone Cream
Use anywhere you have discoloration
Silicone creams serve a dual purpose. While their main goal is to protect your scar while it restructures, the other ingredients may have other functions, such as reducing itchiness, minimizing swelling, or (like our Scar Esthetique Silicone Scar Cream) equalizing the tone of your scar and reducing redness.
Rejuvaskin: Dedicated To Effective Scar Care
We hope that you find these tips and tricks helpful. Here at Rejuvaskin, we’re dedicated to making scar management treatments more available and understood. If you have surgery coming up, recently had surgery, or were recently injured, leaving you with a decent scar, try out some of our scar care products.