Information on the Wound Healing Process

During the healing process you will notice a number of changes. ALL wounds develop a small surrounding halo of redness, which means healing is occurring. Severe itching with extensive redness usually indicates sensitivity to the ointment used to dress the wound or most times a reaction to the bandage tape. You should call our office if this develops.

Swelling and/or discoloration around your surgical site is not uncommon, particularly when performed around the eye.

All wounds normally drain (the larger the wound the more drainage) which is why we insist on daily dressing changes. This drainage is not so apparent after the first week. After 1-2 weeks you will notice the wound beginning to shrink and new skin begin to grow. This phase of healing will be more rapid. A healed wound has a healthy, shiny look to the surface and is red to dark pink in color. Small wounds may heal in 2-3 weeks. Larger wounds may take 4-5 weeks total. After the wound is healed, you can stop daily dressing changes. The wound will remain quite red and slowly fade over the next few weeks or months. Sometimes it takes 6 months to one year to fade completely.

You may experience a sensation of tightness as your wounds heal. This is normal and will gradually subside. A frequent massage of the wound will help to loosen the scar, Frequently the surgery involves nerves and may take up to a year before feeling returns to normal. Rarely will the area remain numb permanently.

Your healed wound may be sensitive to temperature changes (such as cold air). This sensitivity improves with time, but if you’re having a lot of discomfort, try to avoid extremes of temperature.

Patients frequently experience itching after their wounds appear to have healed because of the continued healing under the skin. Plain Vaseline will help relieve the itching.