Plastic Surgery/Face stitches

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QUESTION: Hi there , I have cut on my face on left cheek and I got 8 stiches last week . It's going to remove today. What can I do to minimize the scar . I read about kelo cote gel , scaraway sheets , moisturiser creams and many products to minimize scar after stitches remove. so which one is good. And how to use these after stitches remove ? Thanks

ANSWER: Massage can help improve the contour of your scar. In general, scar massage should start 3 weeks after your repair. The Rule of 3’s is the easiest way to remember how to perform massage: 3 times a day, 30 seconds at a time, for the first 3 months using firm pressure. Sunscreen (SPF 30 at least) can greatly help protect your maturing scar from the harmful sun rays. Direct sun damage can cause a scar to remain pink or purple indefinitely. It is safe to apply sunscreen to the area as soon as the area is closed and there are no remaining open areas or scabs. Silicone strips that can be purchased over the counter have also been shown to help the appearance of scars. Scars mature to their greatest strength at 8 weeks and after that time scars soften and fade in color for up to 1 year, so plan to see improvement slowly over time.

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QUESTION: Hi there , my stitches are removed 2 days before . I bought some scaraway silicon sheets. can I put some moisturizer Aquaphor and then silicon sheet on wound? Thanks

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Hi there Manni. I suggest you chat with your doctor about specific postoperative instructions and scar management. But in general, it is safe to apply doctor-approved topical creams to the area as soon as the area is closed and there are no remaining open areas or scabs.

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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Audrey Klenke and her team provide advanced healthcare for people seeking reconstructive or cosmetic surgery to enhance their well-being. We understand that living well includes feeling good about the way you look. As Beaufort County’s only female plastic surgeon, Dr. Audrey Klenke offers a unique perspective, driven by modern perceptions of aesthetics. She views cosmetic surgery as a natural part of a healthy lifestyle. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery also offers a state-of-the-art medical spa, where your vision is our inspiration. Our Licensed Esthetician specializes in age-defying treatments, and our Certified Permanent Makeup Artist provides medical tattoo services including eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, 3-D nipple/areola restoration and more. Whether you’re looking for fabulous quick fixes, like Botox® and Juvederm®, or time-honored surgical procedures, like facelift and tummy tuck, our goal is to help you look your best at any age.

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Dr. Klenke completed her plastic surgery residency training program at the University of Cincinnati, where she served as the Chief Administrative Resident in the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery. She is a published writer in the fields of breast cancer, non-surgical options and facial contouring.

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*Chief Administrative Resident: University of Cincinnati Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery *Doctor of Medicine: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine *BA in Biopsychology: Vassar College

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*The Island News Favorites (2015) *WTOC Best of the Lowcountry (2015) *The Island Packet Readers’ Choice Awards (2014/2015) *Best of Bluffton (2014/2015) *Sun Today Select (2014/2015) *Hilton Head Monthly's Reader's Choice Awards (2014)

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