What causes delayed wound healing after plastic surgery

What causes delayed wound healing after plastic surgery

16th Aug 2017

One of the things that could be worrying to a patient, who just had a surgery, to worry is when the wound doesn’t seem to be healing. The time it takes for a wound to heal completely will depend on the body. When the wound doesn’t seem to heal as fast compared to others, it can cause panic. There are several reasons why wound healing may be delayed for some people, and they are as follows:

  • Nutrition: For the body to heal properly the body must be in its best state. This is done by consuming healthy foods that can provide the nutrients that the body needs. Although the plastic surgery can help you have a curvier body, it doesn’t mean that you should also start your diet right away after the operation to maintain your new figure. It is important that the body receives adequate nutrition so that delay in wound healing can be prevented.
  • Dehydration: Aside from the nutrients that the body gets from food, it is also important to keep the body well hydrated. If the body is dehydrated, the wound can also lose moisture, so it wouldn’t heal well. Aside from drinking lots of fluids, you should also stay away from caffeinated drinks and alcohol, which causes dehydration.
  • Being Obese: Patients who are obese are more at risk for delayed wound healing because of the fat components in their body. The fat layer is thicker in obese patients and this thick layer results in poor blood supply. Parts of your body that have poor blood supply are also less likely to heal immediately. This is the reason why many people are advised to first lose weight and maintain a lower body weight before they undergo the plastic surgery.
  • Smoking: Smoking, on its own, already has its own negative impact on the body. Moreover, it also has a negative effect on the wound healing process. Nicotine is a chemical that can cause the blood vessels to shrink and that can also affect the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the areas of the body. This will eventually cause the wounds to heal much longer.
  • Personal Hygiene: An open wound is prone to infection, and when the wound you have gets infected, then it can also cause a delay in the healing process of your wound. It is important to observe proper hygiene in order to lessen the risk of infection. Chronic Illness: Having a chronic illness like diabetes can also negatively affect the wound healing process. It has been well documented that those people who have diabetes tend to heal longer than others completely. This also makes them more susceptible to infection.
  • Autoimmune Diseases: When a patient has an autoimmune disease it is also likely that they have delayed wound healing. In addition to this, the use of steroids to help with the autoimmune disease can also cause further delay to the healing process.
  • Genetics: Genetics also play an important role in how the body heals. For some, healing is easy and fast while others heal very slowly. There are also others who heal with a keloid while others just deal with a little discoloration.

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