How Long Do I Have to Wait Before Applying Scar Get to Help Fade my Scars from Lipo?
How Long Do I Have to Wait Before Applying Gel on my Scars From Lipo?
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Liposuction and scar gels
Liposuction scars are minimal and heal well and inconspicuously.
If preferred, scar gels may be used as soon as the sutures are removed.
I often do not prescribe a specific post-op incision regimen because most incisions heal fine without any specific care except for a good moisturizer.
Timing for Scar Prevention treatments
I recommend to my patients to start as soon as the suture knots are removed, usually at 10-14 days. At that time you can start putting on the scar gels or silicone strips. I find them helpful in speeding up the scar maturation process especially in olive or darker skins, Asian, African American, Mediterranean, and Hispanic populations as well as those that have a history of bad scarring populations which have a higher incidence of scar hypertrophy or keloids
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Scar creams after lipo
Liposuction incisions are generally very small and tend to fade very nicely for most patients without any additional intervention. If scar creams/gels are desired, I would wait until the incisions are completely closed.
Check with your physician regarding your postoperative care after liposuction.
It is always best to check with the physician who did the procedure for recommendation for post operative care including the use of scar creams and gels.
I tell patients that scar treatment can begin as soon as the incision is healed. Topical agents may, or may not, be benficial but are not harmful. No one agent has been shown to be better than another.
Scars from lipo.
I assume you are referring to a scar treatment gel such as scarfade, prosil, mederma,, silicone gel patch etc. I ask my patients to wait until the scars are no longer crusted or peeling. In other words the skin looks intact and smooth. Generally at about 3 weeks postoperative . That being said , the scars from lipo heal so well that they rarely require any intervention with the application of any products. If you are motivated, and find it easy to get in the habit of applying something , it certainly can shorten the time it takes scars to fade.
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