Had bracioplasty 5 months ago. Am using kelocote and vitamin e oil daily. Still have substancial swelling in arms and scars are red. That's why I am asking about the whitener.
Is It Safe to Use a Skin Bleacher/skin Whitener on Bracioplasty Scars? I Think Its Called Hydroquinone.
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Skin Bleacher/Whitener on Brachioplasty Scars?
Thank you for your question. Yes, 2% HQ is safe to use, provided you don't get any skin irritation. I would also suggest you get some Vbeam treatments to reduce the redness of the scars. This can also shrink the scars. I hope this helps.
Scar treatment following brachioplasty
Using Hydroquine to bleach scars
Yes hydroquinone is safe, however it is typically used for hyperpigmentation (brown discoloration of scars). It is normal for scars to go through a maturation process - going from red to eventually white. The time it takes for this process can be anywhere from 3 to 24 months depending on the individual. Protecting your new scars from the sun by avoiding sun exposure and applying a sunscreen will help prevent your scars from hyperpigmenting.
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Yes, it is safe, but typically scars are at the worst in appearance between 3-6 months, scars will mature after this and develope into a thin white line on the arms. Bleaching agents, IPL and silicone topical gel is what I typically recommend to patients. Good luck
Armlift, Dr. Adibfar, Plastic Surgeon, Toronto
In general Armlift scars take 6-24 months to gradually fade away to ideally a fine white line if the closure is properly performed with appropriate deep semipermanent sutures.
However if you would like the redness to disappear sooner you do so by having a few sessions of IPL. If the scars are hyper pigmented then application of topical hydroquinone for a few month would help fade it away.