Please arrange for someone to drive you home on discharge from hospital and help you at home for the first day or two. Ensure that you get plenty of rest. Take antibiotics and pain medication as directed. Do not use aspirin containing medication post-operatively. Do not use alcohol while you are on pain medication. Pain medications, well as a decreased activity could cause constipation. Add fruit and fiber to your diet and ensure enough fluid intake postoperatively.

Scar management

Scar management procedureScars are a normal and inevitable consequence of wound healing. A thin, soft, pale scar that is level with the surrounding skin is the ultimate goal following surgery. Unfortunately, people do heal differently and some skin types can heal un-aesthetically with abnormal scar formation.

Prevention of abnormal scar formation remains the first priority. Preventative measures must be initiated before, during and after surgery. These measures will be explained during your consultation.

The first 2 weeks following cosmetic surgery your wound care will be done at appointed times by Dr. Landman herself or by our practice’s wound care sister in the practice. In most cases, your surgical wound would then be ready to proceed to post-surgical taping. The possible use of scar modulating creams will also be discussed. Multiple studies have shown that ultraviolet radiation increases scar pigmentation and can worsen the appearance of scars. It is therefore of the utmost importance to protect your skin and scars from sun exposure.