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How Long Does It Take For Surgical Scars To Heal
Scar healing: Surgical scars are healed when they turn white and this varies with the location of the scar and the type of closure. This process usually takes about a year, however some scars are red and raised years after surgery. These scars mat require treatment such as steroids, pressure helped mature scars as does silicone, if you feel your scar is not healing consult your surgeon. ...Read more
Weeks: Scars achieve the majority of their healing potential by 6 weeks from the time of repair of the incision. However, this time could be prolonged if you have health problems which would delay healing. A scar is never as strong as uninjured/normal skin. It is possible for a scar to reopen, but after six weeks this is very unlikely without significant stress to the scar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weeks to months: Most healing occurs within 2 weeks but "final" healing can take 6-12 months. ...Read more
Depends: Most wound healing is determined by a whole bunch of factors. Typically, they type of surgery, how big the incisions are, if ere was infection at all, other. Heinie diseases like diabetes and your age (along with several other factors) determine the average length of time. Expect at least two weeks for basic healing and six to eight for more complete wound healing. ...Read more
At least 6 weeks: We usually say about 6 weeks for initial healing, but scars will continue to fade even months after this especially if they are kept well moisturized and out of the sun. ...Read more
Healing after CS: Healing after cataract surgery is usually very quick: depending on pre-operative risk factors (diabetes, h/o trauma, flomax (tamsulosin) use, general health), intra-operative issues (any vitreous loss), and post-operative issues: any wound leaking, infection, etc. Complications are rare: vision improves usually ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It will not: It's an antibacterial ointment to fight infections. ...Read more
Avoid cause: Avoid any skin irritants ie harsh detergents, soaps, cleansers. Protect the skin with good moisturizing. You may need steroid ointments to clear active lesions . These should clear the lesions pretty fast say around a week with the good skin care but avoid eczema with good skin care. ...Read more
Long Time: Bone healing happens very slowly. At around 6 weeks, fractures have enough strength to tolerate some load and enough mineralization to show up on an x-ray. However, the remodeling process takes up to 18 months and the bone is slowly getting stronger the entire time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Six weeks: Most dissolvable sutures will dissolve around 6 weeks, by which time your own body's scar tissue will have formed enough that you do not have to worry about tearing which is why you are usually advised not to do heavy lifting for 6 weeks post-op. However, the healing continues for months after as the body remodels scar tissue and softens/fades the scar. It can take 1-2 years. ...Read more
At least 6 weeks: We usually say about 6 weeks, but healing continues even after that. Only your doctor will be able to clear you for activities based on how you are healing and what specifically was done. ...Read more
Depends: The scar itself is waterproof in 2 days but most surgeons don't recommend swimming or soaking in water for 2 weeks. Scar maturation however ( the process from injury to well healed and normal scar) can take 12-18 months. Sometimes longer. Most obstetricians like patients to wait 6 weeks before heavy lifting or strenuous activity. My abdominoplasty patients are given the same restrictions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Simple Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
How long does it take for ones chest to heal from open heart surgery? And how long does it take to fully recover?
Depends : On what was done in the surgery but be patient because anything to achilles takes a while. ...Read more
Rapid Healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
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