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6 Ways to Reduce Tummy Tuck Scarring

Preparing for your tummy tuck surgery here in Montreal may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are in good health and a non-smoker, the procedure and recovery should be straightforward and completely manageable.

Reducing Scars After A Tummy Tuck

It will take a few weeks to feel comfortable again and even longer for your scars to subside. They will be red-coloured and thick for a couple of months and may take a full year to fade. Your scars will be present, but they should reduce down to a discreet size with time. Here are a few things you can do to speed up the process:

1. Use Vitamin E Oil and Cocoa Butter

Vitamin E oil and cocoa butter are both amazing products. They provide intense moisturization, which is helpful in reducing the appearance of scars. However, always check with your doctor before using any over-the-counter products on your surgical scars.

2. Apply Silicone Sheeting

Silicone sheeting is one of the best over-the-counter products to help reduce scars. The sheets can also help ease itching and pain. They can be purchased as patches, dressings, or strips, and some brands even sell silicone strips specifically for tummy tuck scars.

3. Wear Compression Garments

Compression garments are items of clothing that apply pressure to release incision tension and reduce swelling. You can use medical tape to secure compression garments. Consult with your surgeon as to what degree of pressure is best for your incisions.

4. Apply SPF

After your surgery, sunscreen will be your best friend. If you know you will be baring your midriff, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Scars get irritated in direct sunlight and change colour. Without proper sun protection, your scars may even become darker, which is the opposite of what you want to happen post-surgery. You should always be diligent and cautious about sunscreen application but be especially so during the first year following your procedure.

5. Wear Loose Clothing

Prepare to wear loose clothing for the first few months following surgery. Tight fitting jeans or dresses may irritate your incisions and perpetuate scarring.

6. Consider Surgical Options for Tummy Tuck Scar Removal

After healing, if a prominent tummy tuck scar still exists, there are surgical solutions for scar removal. Surgical scar revision can be performed six months or more after surgery. It will reduce the scar’s appearance by shortening its length, so it works best for wide and long abdominoplasty scars.

10 DIY Tips to Reduce Scars After Surgery

As a Montreal plastic surgeon, I know that surgery is not the easiest medical procedure to undergo, and there is often a recovery period as well as possible after effects to deal with. One of those after effects is scarring. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent, minimize, or fade scarring so nobody has to know you went under the knife by looking at your skin.

Reduce Scars

1. Clean the Wounds While They Are Still Fresh

It is advisable to clean fresh surgical wounds regularly so as to prevent bacterial infection. For small wounds, simply placing them under clean and cool running water is the best way to heal. You should actually avoid substances such as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and iodine, as these may actually delay the healing process.

2. Ensure That Your Wound Remains Covered and Moist

Wounds should be concealed and kept moist, as this speeds up the healing process. Rather than bandages, you can use antibiotic cream or ointment. This will also help reduce the appearance of scars.

3. Avoid Touching the Scabs

As tempting as it might be to pick at a scab, they were formed for a good reason. Scabs form in order to protect the wound from outside infection. Picking at a scab can cause the wound to reopen resulting in a bigger scar.

4. Avoid Heavy Exercise

The chest, shoulders, and back are areas where scabs are prone to form. If you have wounds in any of these areas, then you should avoid strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects until the wound fully heals.

5. Use Creams

You can use sunscreen not only for preventing sunburn but also for preventing scarring. Apply sunscreen near the wound to minimize the occurrence of scarring. Alternatively, you can use petroleum jelly or silicone gel. Bleaching creams can be used for dark scars, but consult your doctor before you use it. Finally, there are also inflammation creams that help fade scars.

6. Get Steroid Injections

Injecting steroids may help flatten scars that are swollen but may only be effective if used over the long term.

7. Get Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a procedure used to safely remove the surface of the skin using special equipment, which can reduce the appearance of scars.

8. Get Laser Treatments

Laser technology is also useful for removing scars. This treatment can be done in one of two ways – either the skin’s surface is removed, or the lasers are just focused on the collagen in the dermis leaving the upper layer of the skin in tact.

9. Eat Healthy

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can produce the nutrients your body needs to facilitate a quick healing process and reduce scarring.

10. Apply Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is a time tested treatment for wounds. Rich in anti-inflammatory properties, it helps build new cells and facilitates the production of collagen.

How to Minimize Post-Surgery Scarring

One of the main concerns of patients coming in for cosmetic procedures is how to ensure they end up with as little scar tissue as possible. While it can be difficult to prevent scarring entirely, there are several steps that patients can take to help soften the appearance of scars and ensure that all incisions heal quickly and cleanly.

The visibility of the final scar depends on several things:

  • The size of the initial wound
  • How quickly it heals
  • How well it is cared for while healing
  • The skin type, age, and health of the patient

While there is little you can do to change the size of the incision required for your chosen procedure, there is plenty you can do to affect your health and how quickly it will heal following treatment. Read on to see some of the ways you can minimize scarring after your next cosmetic procedure.

1. Boost Your Immune System

While recovering from surgery, it is always beneficial to eat healthily. This will help your body recover more quickly as well as prevent you from eating empty calories that you cannot burn off as easily. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to give your immune system that needed boost and emphasize nutritional, anti-oxidant rich foods in your diet.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Keep your system hydrated while you are healing and your incisions will heal faster. Avoid coffee, alcohol, and soda as they will actually dehydrate you. Instead, drink plenty of clean, fresh water, preferably filtered. Green and herbal teas are a safe way to supplement your water intake and may contain additional antioxidants.

3. Exercise Carefully but Regularly

Ask your surgeon what kind of exercises you can do while you are recovering. Remaining physically active within the prescribed post-operative instructions of your surgeon is a great way to keep the blood pumping, cleaning out toxins and replenishing nutrients and oxygen to the healing area.

4. Stop Smoking

Before undergoing any kind of surgery it is important to stop smoking several weeks in advance. This is because smoking has a direct effect on how well blood can carry oxygen around the body, making the body work harder.

5. Don’t Pick!

It can be hard for some people to resist the urge to pick at scabs, but it is important to fight the impulse if you want to have cleanly healed skin and the smallest scars possible. The scab will come off in its own time and hurrying it along is only going to make it take longer to heal!

Dr. Fouda Neel may suggest alternative healing methods based on your skin and history with scaring. Book a consultation with our expert staff today to find out how you can minimize scaring during your upcoming surgery!