After your tummy tuck, you want to feel beautiful and confident with your new appearance. One thing that can minimize that confidence is prominent post-surgical scars but don’t let that deter you from gaining more self-confidence.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess fat to create a toned, flat stomach. At Brandon Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schienbaum is well-known for his work, including the hourglass tummy tuck which adds liposuction for an even greater result. Although scarring will take place with any surgery, Dr. Schienbaum makes an incision along the bikini line where it is kept hidden and there are several ways that you can reduce the appearance of your scar.
There are many techniques that you can try to prevent thick, dark, or raised scars. Prior to surgery, maintaining a healthy diet and refraining from smoking can give you a head start at a good recovery, but scaring can still happen. These are some of the best remedies to reduce scars and help you feel more confident with your new tummy tuck:
Silicone gel sheets are one of the most effective ways to reduce scars. Silicon hydrates the outer layer of the skin and reduces collagen production which can flatten the scar and make it softer. Additionally, the gel protects scar tissue from bacteria and regulates the production of fibroblasts, cells in connective tissue that create scars.
Lasers retexturize the skin and can improve the color of scars by stimulating new cell growth on scarred skin. New cell growth replaces scar tissue with collagen and a healthy, fresh layer of skin.
Steroids can be applied to the surface or injected into the scarred tissue to reduce raised or dark scars. Not only can these injections help soften scar tissue, but they will also prevent itching and burning.
Microneedling uses many tiny needles to create micro-injuries to the top layers of the skin. These intentional, minimal injuries promote new collagen development and fast cell turnover that can prevent scars from thickening.
Along with these scar remedies, it is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your doctor. To achieve the best, long-lasting results, continue to maintain a healthy diet and refrain from smoking for at least a month. Your body needs time to recover so you should also move around as little as possible; this includes walking, lifting heavy items, bending, and putting any pressure on your abdomen.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Marvin Shienbaum will work with you to develop the best treatment plan and address any concerns you have before your tummy tuck surgery. Schedule a consultation today at Brandon Plastic Surgery to create your unique treatment plan and achieve your body goals.