General Information

Incision Care After Sutures Are Removed

Any cosmetic surgical procedure involves the placement of incisions, and taking care of them after surgery is a vital part of your recovery process. Proper care will improve their healing rate, until they gradually heal into a scar that’s barely noticeable.

The following are general instructions on how to care for your incisions after your sutures have been removed.

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  • if steri-strips are replaced after the sutures are removed, leave them on until they begin to peel off
  • once they begin to peel off on their own, you may remove them
  • if the steri-strips stay on for a longer period than usual (e.g. three weeks), remove them regardless

Scare Care

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  • once the steri-strips are off, you may begin treating the scar with a scar treatment
  • DERMATIX is a good scar treatment, and is available from my office or at your local pharmacy (a prescription is not required)
  • avoid putting a scar treatment on any areas that are still scabby or crusted. Wait until completely healed before beginning the treatment

Silicone Sheeting

We may also recommend the use of Retouch® Silicone Sheeting for Scars in order to improve and speed healing. Retouch® Silicone Sheets are adhesive, come in standard shapes (e.g. for tummy tucks or breast reductions), or can be cut to suit any shape and naturally conform to the contours of the affected areas of the body. They help by flattening and decreasing the visibility of your scars. Silicone sheets can be reused for months. They work on older scars and provide permanent results.

Sun protection

  • you must protect the scar from the sun for a year, as suntanning the scar may stain it permanently red or brown. This makes it more noticeable.
  • if the scar is exposed to the sun for any length of time, you should apply a sunscreen with at least SPF30

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Before undergoing any Plastic Surgery Canada procedure, consult an experienced and reputable Plastic Surgeon. Book your consultation at our plastic surgery clinic in Toronto by calling (416) 256-4194 or by clicking here.

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