I am 5 weeks postop and my original surgical tape is still attached? My ps said to allow it to come off naturally. Should I start taking it off? Should I replace it?
5 Week Postop Tummy Tuck and Surgical Tape is Still Attached?
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Scar care after tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
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5 week postop tummy tuck and surgical tape is still attached?
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.
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Surgical tape 5 weeks after surgery
Please followup with your plastic surgeon. 5 weeks seems a long time for steri-strips to be still stuck on. Aslong as there is no drainage coming from your bandages, you should be fine. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Leave the tape
I also have my patients keep tape over the scars for a minimum of 6 weeks after any surgery. If the scars are kept from drying out by the tape, the scarring will be minimized. Any tape that is well tolerated by the skin will work. After the tape is removed, you will need to keep the scars well lubricated to further improve the scars. In my experience, Mederma is not very good. Aloe and cocoa butter would be a bare minimum (and seems to work better than Mederma). There are other products that also work well such as Bio-Oil, Rejevana, and ScarGuard. Silicone sheeting over the scars will also help.
Tapes are Okay!
It is fine to have the surgical tapes after even 5-6 weeks. If the tapes and skin do not seem moist or have any discharge, leave them in place. I typically like to have the patients remove the tapes, if they are still in place, at 6 weeks so we can start using our scar creams on the incisions.
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