I'm almost 2 weeks post-op with the incision in the fold and my doctor says to wait till 4 weeks to start using scar treatment. Isn't it better to start sooner to have them healed faster?
How Soon Should I Start Using Scar Treatment After Breast Augmentation?
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Scar massage therapy/treatment
Follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon. I concur with your PS. I generally recommend initiation of scar massage therapy starting at 4-6 weeks after surgery. Best of luck.
When to begin scar treatment
Scar treatment shouldn't begin until after the incision has completely closed up- usually 2 or 3 weeks after breast augmentation. I would follow the advice of your plastic surgeon as he/she can best evaluate your particular situation.
Scar Treatment After Breast Augmentation
Every surgeon has their own treatment regimen for incisions following surgery. I use sutures that dissolve beneath the skin over time with adhesive steri-strips over the incision. These strips are removed 1-2 weeks after surgery. At that time, I recommended topical scar treatment with Kelocote scar gel and Vitamin E oil. I feel this treatment can reduce the scar. This treatment should be individualized based on the patient's skin sensitivity and plastic surgeon's preference.
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Scar treatment should in general start sooner rather than later
If you had a plastic surgeon perform your breast augmentation properly, the incision should be small and well hidden. It sounds like he/she wants you to allow the incision to heal before trying to manipulate the appearance of it. This is because it takes the body approximately 6 weeks to achieve peak strength in terms of scar/collagen formation.
If your scar is becoming hypertrophic or wide there are many treatments available but few are typically successful. At this point only slilicone sheets have been documented to work. everything else is a crap shoot. Later on other options may be helpful.
If your scar is discolored or red then you should wait and let the scar mature and likely fade to normal. There are creams out there that may help reduce the time it takes to help it fade but not by much.
These are general options, you should see your plastic surgeon and tell him about your specific complaints about the scar to see what you should ultimately do.
Listen to your surgeon
When to start scar creams after breast surgery
How soon should I start using scar treatment after breast augmentation?
If unsightly scars are still present after approximately a year's time, other things that your surgeon may consider are intralesional steroid injections, laser, or just surgical revision of the scar itself. It appears as if you had a breast lift at the same time? Depending on the time from the procedure, some of these modalities or laser therapy may help. However, scar revision may certainly be entertained, which could be performed at the same time as any revisionary procedure, if you are unhappy with the result.
Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Proactive scar management
Every person heals differently and will improve over the next 3 to 6 months. Some patients require up to one year to fully mature. A nice scar starts in the operation room. The incision must be placed in the right position, sutured keeping the tension off of the skin itself. Also it has been show that keeping the incision taped for the first three weeks keeps some of the early tension off of the scar. Then from the end of the third week to the end of the third month it helps to use a topical product with silicone.
Scar Cream after Breast Surgery
Thank you for your question.
I would ask that you follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon as he/she knows you best and wants the best result for you.
There is no good scar treatment after breast augmentation except protecting the healing incision.
Scar creams don't work. Massaging of the scar does not work. Pressure might help but is seldom indicated after a diminutive breast incision for implant placement. Lasers don't work. Avoid trauma to the scar and it should look great in a few months.