The Naked Truth About Plastic Surgery: 5 Steps for "invisible" incisions


Surgery Without Scars ( not really possible)

Healing after surgery has come a long way over the last ten years.  Surgeons have improved techniques, better sutures, tissue glues and skin products that allow quick healing with minimal visible scarring.  We cannot control, family traits and genetics or underlying medical conditions that can affect your healing, but there are many steps we can take as your surgeon and you as the patient to provide you with the best possible outcome and most “invisible” scars possible.  Here are five steps toward invisible incisions.

1-    Choosing an experienced board certified surgeon who places incisions in the least visible sites and closes the incisions while minimizing tensions will start you on the way to good healing.

2-    Keeping the sutures or incision clean and preventing infection will decrease inflammation, redness and swelling.

3-    Decreasing tension on the healing incision with tape or specialized tape such as the Embrace Scar Therapy System may be useful for some patients. Silicone strips and tapes  have been shown in many studies to decrease hypertrophic or thickened scars.

4-    Specialized scar creams and other products have also been shown to be helpful  in quicker healing. We prefer BioCorneum  or Kelo-cote.  There are many products available : Mederma, Scar-fade,  silicone gel, etc.  Products have vitamin E and A;  some have sunscreen.. Always ask your surgeon what they prefer.

5-    Early treatment of a keloid or hypertrophic scar is important.  This may include the use of  laser or injections such as 5-FU and kenalog.  Topical anti-inflamatories or medications to diminish brown pigment can be useful

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Orange County Plastic Surgeon