Cosmetic surgery usually involves sutures or stitches that are made after the procedure. A surgeon will stitch you on the area where the surgery has been performed. In order to heal properly, there are some important things you should know about cosmetic surgery.
Clean and dry stitch
Stitches are sensitive to wetness and or unhygienic conditions. In order to facilitate faster healing, the stitches should be kept clean and dry at all times in order to ward off infections. The risk of wetness is real especially when you go to the shower. It is important that your health care giver advise you on how to prevent the area from getting wet when you bathe.
Scratches on the stitches
It is sometimes possible that you may scratch your stitches without knowing. Damage may occur if you are not careful. This is particularly so if the stitches are not strong enough. It is therefore advisable that you do not scratch the stitches.
Keep of certain sports
There are some certain types of sports which may harm the stitches, hence delaying the healing process. Football and hockey are examples of sports you should keep off during healing process as they may delay your healing. These are contact activities whereby someone may come into contact with the stitches and cause them to come out. Resting at home is the best thing to do to allow healing to take place. Until your stitches have been removed, you should not engage in other activities like swimming.
How will I know I have an infection in the stitched area?
There are some signs that will tell you have an infection in the stitches. Look out for the following:
- Swelling is a tell –tale sign that you have a possible infection.
- Look out for oozing pus or bleeding as this indicates all is not well
- Any tenderness or warmth is not a good sign
- Check for a bad odour emanating from the stitched wound
- If the pain gets worse with each passing day instead of getting better
- A high fever is signal that you have an infection
- Have your glands checked in case they are swollen
Stitches depend on the area of the body where you had been stitched. If it’s your head, you will be given an appointment to return to clinic for their removal. You should generally have healed 5 days or less.
Joints such as elbows and knees take a little longer to heal. This means that after cosmetic surgery, the surgeon will ask you to return for the removal of stitches after 2 weeks maximum. In some cases, though, you may go earlier, say within 10 days.
Other parts of the body will generally take around 10 days.
Stitches which do not need to be removed
Thanks to advancement in cosmetic surgery, the threads used in modern surgery do not need to be removed as they dissolve in the body.