When will I be able to shower:
- We suggest keeping the incision dry for the first 2 days if no drain or 2 days after the drain comes out. This means that you can take a bath but try your best to keep the incision dry.
- After that period, you can start showering but make sure to dry the incision site with a dry towel as soon as you get out of the shower.
- This should be done until the sutures and Steri-strips (small strips of tape sometimes applied to the incision) are removed 1 week after the surgery.
- There is no need for extra dressing or Band-Aids over the incision! One the stiches come off, you should let your incision breathe.
When do the stiches come out ?
- The Steri-strips and stiches will be removed in the clinic by one of the nurses approximately 1 week after surgery. Make sure you make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to take out the sutures or you have alternative arrangements (e.g. with your family doctor).
How can I get the best aesthetic result for my scar ?
- Avoid sun exposure: Sun exposure on the incision can cause it to heal poorly and appear more pigmented (dark). For the best aesthetic results, avoid the sun directly on the incision by covering it up to 1 year after surgery and make sure to use sunscreen (SPF 30+) if you have to be exposed.
Vitamin E: You can apply over the counter vitamin E cream or ointment once a day after your stiches are removed for the first few months. You should know that the effect of vitamin E on scar healing is controversial and there is a lack of scientific evidence supporting its use.
Some surgeons may recommend using silicone gel or sheets, which can help with reducing the appearance of your scar.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your scar, make sure you speak with your surgeon as there are other treatments that are occasionally used.