Can Cigarettes And Alcoholic Beverages Affect The Healing Of Suture Wounds?
I just finished sewing on the chin due to an accident. Now that I’m treating my wound with Dermatix, can alcohol and smoking affect the length of stitches healed? And are there any reactions that occur when using Dermatix and we smoke and drink alcohol?
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First of all, I want to confirm beforehand, whether your stitches are dry or not? Silicone gel (Dermatix) is a drug given to prevent (and treat) the appearance of large scars on the skin after a wound (such as hypertrophic or keloid scars). This medicine is recommended to be used when the wound wound is dry and healed. If your stitches aren't currently dry, you shouldn't use this medicine first.
Smoking and drinking alcohol can both affect wound healing. Smoking can cause interference with blood flow (especially in small blood vessels, including blood vessels flowing to the skin) so that it can directly affect wound healing in the skin, and can reduce the body's immunity which increases the risk of infection in the wound. Research also shows that people who smoke are more prone to complications from wounds and increase the risk of scarring.
Drinking small amounts of alcohol (1-2 glasses a day) will not affect wound healing, but if consumed in excessive amounts every day, the risk of wound infection and the risk of wound healing will increase. Research shows that people who stop consuming alcohol experience faster wound healing.
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