I had breast lift with plants umder muscle and strattice along with a tummy tuck early Feb 2013. When can I begin scar treatment with paper tape and how lomg between changes.
How Soon After Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck Can You Put Paper Tape on Incision?
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Paper Tape after Breast Lift
I do not tape the incisions, but many patients use silicone sheeting or some variation on their scars after 4 to 6 weeks. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Timing of Scar Treatment after Mommy Makeover Surgery?
There are a variety of reasonable ways to manage incision line healing after mommy makeover surgery. In my practice, if at all possible, I like to use paper tape ( steri strips) for approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure has been performed. The use of silicone-based products (gel or sheeting) may also be helpful.
I understand the previous answers and your wanting to minimize scarring, but honestly there is not much you can do. Yes, taping an incision may taken some tension off the skin, but minimal at best. If the incision is closed well, then the deep layers have tension, but not the skin itself. If you start to get thicker scars at 6-8 weeks, then applying some type of topical silicone may help.
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Paper Tape on Incision
Once incisions are dry and no longer have any oozing or raw surface, it is assumed the skin is sealed and then you may put tape. Also you may begin applying scar improvement treatments such as scar-guard, mederma, silicone sheeting or silicone ointments at this time. There are many reported ways to treat the scar after these operations. They all seem to work. Tape should be of the paper tape variety as other tapes cause allergies with their adhesives.
Paper tape protocol
I was reading some of the other doctors replies, and I have similar protocol but not exactly. The point is, there are many ways to skin a cat, and as long as they are reasonable, nobody is wrong.
What I do is I place steri strps on at time of surgery. I change them weekly for a total of 4 weeks. After that, I start a scar cream treatment (Mederma or a silicone containing cream depending on the scar), until the scar matures. As things heal, I may change creams. It is important to keep wounds out of the sun until they are no longer red.
My rational for taping is that the wounds are the weakest at about 3 weeks or so, and people usually are anxious to get the tapes off.
Ask your surgeon about scar care
I personally believe that taping helps prevent adverse scarring because it minimizes tension on the area. However, my protocol is to have steri strips on at the time of surgery, followed by taping for about 6 weeks. Your own surgeon is in the best position to advise you on how to take care of your scars.
Proactive scar care to improve wound healing - what really works
There will always be some degree of disagreement among plastic surgeons on how to decrease scarring after any surgical procedure. I find that patients like to be proactive and I believe there are two proven methods to reduce scarring after surgery. The first is to keep some of the early tension off of the scar. This is done with paper tape. I like to keep the incision taped for the first three weeks. After three weeks some type of silicone dressing has been proven to be benificial. You can either use silicone gel sheets or a product like scar guard, which is a paint type product that you place on the scar at night from the end of the third week to the end of the third month.
Paper tape for scars after tummy tuck
By one month after surgery you should be safe to start any scar reduction program such as silicone sheeting (one of the best methods), and products such as Mederma. Some try paper tape, but we find it of little help.
Paper tape has no effect on scar out.
If you want to put paper tape on your incision, check your plastic surgeon first. Since it has no effect on outcome of the scar it is a futile gesture.
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