Scarring is the body's natural way of healing. While blepharoplasty scars heal to an almost unnoticeable form, the incisions can take up to a year to fade. In most cases, patients can expect incisions to look their worst for about six weeks after surgery, along with bruising and swelling that occurs. The quicker a scar heals, the less visible it will be.
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Here are some easy blepharoplasty scar treatment tips:
. Avoid sun exposure: Avoid exposing blepharoplasty scars to direct sunlight by investing in good sunscreen of 30 SPF or more to cover your face and eyelid area.
. Massage the incision scars: Gently massage blepharoplasty scars with vitamin E or silicone gel for at least 10 – 14 days, but it can be continued for 2 – 3 months after surgery. Either topical treatment will increase skin hydration and reduce poor scarring.
. Avoid strenuous activity: Avoid moving, lifting, or putting stress on the incisions, which can pull apart and delay the healing process. Follow Dr. Myint's post-op instructions and don't risk any chances of healing quickly and correctly.
. Don't smoke: Smoking and drinking alcohol can dehydrate skin and increase your risk of scarring and slow down the healing process. Avoiding these two factors and staying hydrated will increase your chances of healing quickly with minimal scarring.
. Lessen your risk for infection: Follow your doctor’s instructions for blepharoplasty scar treatment and take care of your incisions properly to reduce your risk of infection.
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. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: You can be at a greater risk of scarring if you are overweight because the fat under your skin may require more extensive incisions. Maintain a healthy weight before and after surgery while cutting back on fatty foods or empty carbohydrates. The more nutrition you give your body, the easier it will be to heal.