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Best Scar Treatment After Full Tummy Tuck?

Prescription or non-prescription. I want to be sure to do the right thing to ensure my scars heal properly and are less noticeable. What's best in your professional opinion? Thank you.

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BestTummy Tuck Scar Treatment-1540 Fractional Erbium laser


Thank you for your question. Massage and a topical cream like Scar Guard can help improve the Tummy Tuck Scar.

However if the Full Tummy Tuck scar becomes red, irritated or lumpy, Laser Treatments using the 1540 Fractional Non ablative Laser can be very helpful. See link below.

Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Management of the abdominoplasty scar


There are silicone sheeting strips that are custom made for the abdominoplasty scar and can be searched for online.

I, myself, prefer to recommend paper tape on the wound for about 3 months. It is easy, applied once a week, and cost effective.

Avoiding sun exposure and excessive tension is also important as well as tobacco products.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Best Scar Treatment After Full Tummy Tuck?


Your plastic surgeon will have his/her preference when it comes to incision line “care”.  For example, some plastic surgeons prefer the use of tape ( applying pressure) along the incision line. The use of silicone-based products (creams or sheeting)  may also be helpful in achieving the best scars possible.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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I often combine tummy tuck surgery with a very regimented postoperative scar regimen that includes laser treatment with PDL, TAC injection, digital massage, topical creams, and topical applicators.

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Best tummy tuck scar treatment


Scar is the glue that binds all wounds regardless of how the wounding took place.

Some wounds heal poorly / insufficiently and the wounds either widen or open up - this is seen in people with systemic diseases, malnutrition, radiated areas or when the wound edges were placed under great tension.

Other wounds heal excessively well and the scar rises out from the divide between the wound edges. This is referred to as SCAR HYPERTROPHY. (THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS A KELOID - which is in a separate sub-class of this category). Scar hypertrophy is usually seen in certain ethnic groups, wounds exposed to UV light or sun and in wounds involving areas under movement (such as knees, shoulders, middle of the chest etc).

Although you cannot change your genetic code and your ethnic background, you can LESSEN factors such as tension, UV light and reduce tension on the wound edges. Moreover, it has been shown that using sunblock, mederma and silicone containing dressings or tape can lower the likelihood of raised scars.

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There’s probably no best scar treatment, but instead a series of maneuvers that have been shown to improve the quality of scars.  These include massage, silastic sheeting and a variety of topical agents.  Each surgeon has his own protocol for managing post-operative wound healing.  It’s important to discuss this issue with your surgeon so you can optimize your aesthetic result. 

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I recommend to my patients to start scar treatment after the Steri-Strips have fallen off. I good silicone cream that is applied topically and silicone sheeting can help. In fact these products can help with old scars as well. I have found that microneedling can also help. 

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Scar Treatment.


There are manny prescript and non prescript medication, but there are two very effective after any surgical procedure Scarguard and Biocorneum.

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Scar Cream


We have found “Scarguard MD” – in the physician prescribed strength- to be the best cream to hasten flattening, softening and decreasing redness in scars after tummy tucks.

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