HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Hysterectomy Recovery Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


Scar Care after Hysterectomy

From the Hysterectomy Recovery Articles List

SHARING IS CARING


Scar Care after hysterectomyWhat’s the best way to care for hysterectomy incisions to minimize scarring? Is there any way to make old scars fade?

Some women wear their hysterectomy scars proudly, while others don’t seem to think much about them at all. Many women, however, hate the sight of their scars and feel intensely self-conscious about them—rightfully so. There is a great deal of advice on this subject. Some of it amounts to little more than old wives’ tales—a waste of money and time—but there are some methods and products that many women report do make a difference.

Everyone scars differently. Some skin types and colors produce more visible scars, no matter what you do. And the closure method used by your surgeon and the care and expertise he or she employs in the process certainly have a great impact on the eventual appearance of your scar(s) as well. But how you care for your incisions and scars can make a difference, too.

First and foremost, always follow your doctor’s instructions about incision care, and call his or her office immediately if you see any signs of infection or separation. Do not apply anything to your incision until your doctor tells you it is safe to do so. Some women report that becoming active sooner than their doctors recommend results in wider scars. Another reason for wide scars is if steri-strips or glue lose adhesion too early and the patient does not return to the doctor for fresh strips or glue. Infection can also cause bumpy, wide scar tissue to form, so watch carefully for any signs of poor healing.

Once the incision is healed, many doctors and patients recommend massaging cocoa butter into the scar tissue daily to help it heal flat and smooth and to fade more quickly. Many women also report positive results from applying vitamin E oil directly to the affected skin. This helps restore elasticity and flexibility to the scar tissue and aids in healing. And finally, commercial products such as Mederma or Scar Esthetique or Scar FX claim to be clinically proven to be effective at visibly reducing the appearance of scars.

Finally, if a scar is truly bothersome or unsightly and does not shrink and fade sufficiently over time, you can consult with your doctor or a plastic surgeon about the possibility of scar revision surgery. Unless the scar somehow impedes your ability to function, however, it will be considered a cosmetic procedure and insurance will probably not reimburse you for the cost.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-14-2013 - 02:21 PM


SHARING IS CARING


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!


HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with 50 pages of information, helpful tips and hints as you prepare and recover from hysterectomy through an organized timeline.

Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery



Mesh Panty

Mesh panties are stretchy and light - perfect for holding peri pads securely during hysterectomy recovery. [...More]


Post-Op Panty

Post-operative compression panty with medical grade silicone to speed hysterectomy recovery + reduce scarring. [...More]


Softest Bra Ever

When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. Two in a value pack for your hysterectomy recovery. [...More]



HysterSisters Articles

Diagnosis
Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Endometriosis
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor




Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Antonio Gargiulo, M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston MA 02115
617-732-4222
Lori Warren, M.D.
3900 Kresge Way
Suite 30
Louisville KY 40207
502-891-8700
Ellen Wilson, M.D.
5323 Harry Hines Blvd - Dept of OBGYN
Dallas TX 75390
214-648-4747
Caren C Reaves, M.D.
Caring for Women
2805 S. Mayhill Rd
Denton TX 76208
940-591-6700
Paul MacKoul, M.D.
3206 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 150
Rockville MD 20852
1.888.787.4379
Jenifer Burkhalter, M.D.
950 Capitol Mall
Sacramento CA 95831
916-486-0411
Christian Chouchani, M.D.
30 NORTH UNION RD
SUITE 101
BUFFALO NY 14221
716-633-6363
Steven McCarus, M.D.
400 Celebration Place Suite310
Celebration FL 34747
4073034190
Shaghayegh DeNoble, M.D.
20 Wilsey Square
Suite C
Wayne NJ 07450
2019577220

Advertisement

Hysterectomy News

June 29,2016

CURRENT NEWS

Hysterectomy Awareness Month - I Am #HysterectomySmart
Hysterectomy.org announces second Hysterectomy Awareness Month in May 2016 to connect more women to doctors and each oth ... News Archive

TODAY'S EVENTS

Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

UPCOMING EVENTS

Open House - Pre-Op Chat Jul.03

Request Information


I am a HysterSister

HYSTERECTOMY STORIES

Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours

FOLLOW US


Your Hysterectomy Date


CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  



Advertisement


Advertisement


Advertisement