|Post-Op Instructions for Your Scar Revision
- Do nothing to the surgical site for the first 24 hours and then
refer to the instructions for incision care.
- Refrain from activity that would put a strain on the incision
line. Talk, laugh, and smile as little as possible
the first 7 days.
- You may bathe the day after surgery. Showering is usually
permitted 2 days after surgery. Do not let the force
of the shower beat directly on your face.
- Sutures will be removed 5-7 days after surgery. Often Steri-strips
will be applied following suture removal. The physician will
remove the Steri-strips in 1 week or instruct you to remove
- Take only the prescribed medication or Tylenol for pain
control. Do not take aspirin or aspirin containing products
- Avoid bending over, heavy lifting and strenuous activity
for one week.
- Avoid direct sun for 6 months. Wear sunscreen with UVA
and UVB protection (SPF 15).
Care Instructions for Incisions
- Cleanse suture lines with hydrogen peroxide solution (mix
1 part water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide) and Q-tips. Dip
the Q-tip in the peroxide solution and gently roll it across
the suture line to remove dried blood. You will need several
Q-tips each time you do this.
- Take a dry Q-tip and gently roll it across suture line
to remove foam from peroxide and drainage. Repeat steps
1 and 2 as needed to remove dried blood completely.
- After suture line is thoroughly cleaned, apply a very small
amount of Bacitracin Ointment over suture line.
- Repeat this procedure 2-3 times per day. By doing this,
you will minimize your risk of infection and reduce the formation
of scar tissue, giving a better cosmetic result.
- You will be asked to perform this strategy for 5-7 days. Afterwards, you will only need to apply Aquaphor ointment to the incisions twice daily.