WHAT TO EXPECT ON EACH DAY OF HEALING:
Please note, each individual may require a variation to this information. This is purely a guide to refer to.
The day of the procedure, you will feel a heat to the area, a pain like a burn and experience some bleeding.
The next morning, bleeding is still likely but in a smaller amount. You will feel a heat to the area, a pain like sunburn, swelling to the edges of the skin may be distorting the image as now it will be at its peak of swelling.
The pain will be reducing, as will the heat. You should no longer feel like a fresh burn. You will notice a white colour to the newly forming skin, and the edges will be pink - very localised. Some weeping may be present in a clear-ish/amber yellow tone. Serosanguineous is the term used to describe the discharge that contains both blood and a clear-ish/yellow liquid known as blood serum. This is because your body is finishing sealing off the damaged vascular system, and moving into the next phase, where an influx of white blood cells will be protecting your body from anything getting in while healing. Most physical wounds will produce some drainage. Some people think that this is potential infection, however it is important to note that most infection pus is a green based colour; like high-visibility wear and accompanied by a different severity of symptoms. If you are concerned, this must be checked immediately without delay.
Everything will be the same as the day prior but feeling better to the touch and with movement.
The wound will not appear as deep, and the fluid from the wound will be changing to more of an off white/clear colour. Swelling will feel like it has reduced, with minimal remaining.
Same as the day prior, with improvement to touch and minimal swelling.
Will be looking rather sealed over with near no weeping from the skin anymore. A fresh pink colour is to be expected, and a scaly-shiny surface may be noticeable. Dry skin is to be expected. You are now out of the hardest part of healing, and everything gets easier from here. Over the next 7 - 14 days, the wound will complete the first healing stage and may start to itch. Do not scratch it! You can rub cream over the area if there is no opening to the skin or use a cold compression to relieve the unwanted sensation.
Single line / Skin Removal
Leave your dressing on for the first 24 hours.
After this time, you will be able to remove the dressing in the shower. Make sure that the dressing is saturated, so that there is no sticking to the skin. Do not pull scabs or pull off the bandage. Take the time required to release from the skin.
Clean over the skin with provided anti-microbial soap at the end of your shower to make sure that no other products are on the skin.
Flush the wound with the provided sterile wound spray, and pat dry with the sterile gauze provided. Apply wound gel and let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with saline to clean biofilm build up, and pat dry once more. Reapply gel for aftercare and re-bandage until your next clean, then repeat steps.
Dressings and gel should be used for at least the first week, and until serosanguineous has stopped and the skin has sealed.
Once the skin is sealed, iodine or peroxide can be used to dehydrate newly formed cells to increase scar size.
*Should exfoliating be required once sealed, a combination of fine crushed sea salt and coconut oil should be mixed prior to showering, then used and rinsed in the shower.
Should you require extra dressings or a different type, you can purchase these at: MEDSHOP online for a cost effective option over a pharmacy.
*Please have your scarification freshly cleaned when attending your procedure check-ups. If this is not possible, a cleaning fee of $50.00 will be required at your appointment.
Your check-up appointment will be booked for 15-minute time slot. If you require cleaning, please notify staff so that a longer appointment can be made for you.
Your check-up is to ensure your wound is healing healthily, and to make any adjustment to your care as they are assessed if needed.
After Healing Aftercare
Newly healed scar tissue is sensitive to sun exposure. People should avoid unnecessary sun exposure as much as possible for the first 12 months as a minimum.
The use of a mild, non-perfumed soap should be used once healed to wash the skin. Having tepid showers during healing and for the first few weeks is advised as scar tissue can burn much more easily.
Application of Oils:
Jojoba Oil is advised during the first 12 weeks of healing to aid in relief of itching of the skin. It is very common to experience itching, however it is highly important not to scratch the skin as this can lead to uneven scar formation and permanent disfigurement in results. If itching is preventing sleep, a pressure dressing, or a topical numbing agent may help. Check with your GP before applying any medications that you are unfamiliar with, or unsure if they will be right for you.
Blisters and Cysts:
Newly formed skin may remain fragile for many months. It is prone to blistering and may require a protective dressing or garment. Occasionally, small cysts will form in a healed area. These look similar to pimples but are not usually infected. Blisters and cysts normally resolve without the need for treatment, however it is important not to squeeze them; no matter how tempted you are. This can lead to infection and damage to your scar. Should you be concerned, an appointment should be booked for assessment prior to self-treatment.
What is a Scar?
Scars are mainly connective tissue as the body cannot replicate the specialized function of the original tissue.
Epidermal wounds heal quickly, and usually heal with no scarring. We are creating a full thickness wound by affecting the dermis, which lays underneath the epidermis. Full thickness wounds always scar. Some people find their scars are less visible than others, but either way, this is a true break in the skin and will result in a scar.
We can aid in healing, but inevitably, the scar is the work of the body, and we are unable to fully predict how it will heal. When choosing scarification, it is best to keep in mind that this is a process that must be respected. Healing is not overnight, and not as fast as tattooing. It is a journey, and those that choose scarification are normally looking for an option that feels more spiritually binding than tattooing.
As we are creating a surgical wound that is clean and free from infectious complications, the wound will try and heal fast and healthily. Our aim is to keep the wound healthy for result control but slow the process down to make sure our results are more noticeable.
Scarification is often best healed by dry wound management, rather than moist, to slightly delay wound healing.
A basic principle: large wounds have large scars, small wounds have small scars.
With designs of different line thicknesses, some areas may require superficial removal, making them seem larger to start but will be smaller in the end as scarification is all about depth control and healing.