Scarification Aftercare

The unpredictable nature of scarring makes guaranteed results impossible, however with care and patience you can have a limited amount of control.

When you get home…

we recommend not removing the initial covering for at least 12 hours. As you do, do so carefully as it may be stuck to your wound. Carefully and gently wash the piece with a mild soap (or what the artist has recommended for your individual care) and pat dry with new, purpose bought kitchen roll. Not a bath or hand towel.

During the first 10 – 14 days we strongly recommend using cling film wraps to force your body to heal from the bottom of the wound up, therefore reducing the likelihood of scabbing. Scabs cause your new scar to pull together healing with thinner lines and possibly even fading to nothing over the course of a few months. Whilst wearing the wrap you are quite exposed to infection, it is very important to maintain your cleaning routine.

During the first few days…

You will need to was and re-wrap your piece a multiple times a day for the first 10 – 14 days. Keep the cling cover on for the majority of the day, leaving it to the air for only an hour or two each day.

Clean your piece whenever a significant amount of moisture has built up under the plastic wrap, at least 2-4 times daily. If you do not clean your piece regularly it can lead to heat rash and potentially infection.

With consistent care you can expect the dressings to stop around 10 – 14 day’s. If you uncover the piece earlier you can expect a delay in the final healing. At this stage you will need to dry out any open areas before covering with clothing. We recommend giving the piece a final clean and allowing to dry out uncovered for 12 hours before covering with material.

Do not soak your piece in standing water while it heals.
Do not apply products to the area.
Do not let it come in contact with debris whilst it heals.
Change dressings regularly.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are concerned.
Remember that we all heal differently.