Source: Dr Michael Zacharia
Abdominoplasty: 7 Effective Tips when Dealing with Scars
Published: 28/11/2011 by Rena Graham
Aside from flattening and tightening your stomach, one thing that an abdominoplasty could possibly result to is scaring. Yes, it may be worrisome, especially if you still want to wear that cute bikini during your weekends at the beach. But you can actually do something to help prevent or lessen scarring. Here are seven helpful tips that will make your scar so less visible that you will even forget that you have it!
1. The very first thing that you need to do is to bring your bikini with you during consultation. Most doctors would advise this in order for them to get a good estimate in order to define the areas better. Since the placement of your incision is determined by factors such as truncal height, abdominal girth, position of the umbilicus and the presence of stretch marks, it is best that you discuss this closely with your surgeon. It will help them customize pre-operative markings to your individual preference and profile.
2. Pre-operatively it is advisable that you keep your skin healthy. This would mean that you eat more fruits and vegetables especially those that are rich in antioxidants, like vitamins A, C and E. You can also get these from multivitamin supplements. They promote better healing and skin health, and healthier skin leads to faster healing.
3. It is also advisable to avoid smoking 2 weeks before and after the surgery. Smoking can affect the oxygenation of your cells, thereby slowing the healing process. Longer healing can lead to scar visibility.
4. Practice proper wound care. Always wipe in circular motion from the inside going outwards. And make sure that you have clean hands and materials. You need to take every precaution to avoid exposing your wound to infection because this causes the number one delay in healing.
5. You can also apply silicone strips that you can purchase online. They are specifically designed to prevent scars formation from protruding. Some doctors recommend paper tapes placed on the wound for at least three months. They are more cost effective and easy to use because you only have to reapply them every week.
6. Patience is also another factor when recovering after a tummy tuck surgery. Avoid touching or exposing it too much to avoid infection and delayed healing. It can get worse for the first few months, but it will begin to lighten up at about 9 months.
7. Apply scar creams especially those that have vitamin K because it helps smoothen the surface of your scars and it also aids in breaking down scar tissue. It is also advisable to apply cortisone cream because it prevents inflammation which can worsen scar formation. Retinol creams, which is applied once the scar turns red has vitamin A, and it promotes collagen formation making your scar less visible. Cocoa butter, aloe vera gels and olive oil are also good remedies for lessening scar formation because it improves the healing process.
If you want a safe and successful tummy tuck procedure, you can rely on the expertise of the certified and experienced surgeons at Esteem Cosmetic Studio. We make sure that every step is done aseptically to prevent complications such as infection and scarring! Just like you, we also want impressive results that is why we continue to strive for excellence in all our cosmetic procedures. For more information you can visit our website at www.esteemstudio.com.au. Or visit our clinics located in Brisbane and Queensland, Australia.