Can I use a scar cream for my tummy tuck called Biocorneum? Also mepitac silicone tape
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Tummy Tuck - Scar Care?
Silicone based products are best for scar minimization
Hello! I have patients start using biocorneum once the skin has completely closed, or ~2 weeks post-operatively. Application is twice daily, and you should plan to use for a minimum of 3 months in order to get the maximal benefit. Don't forget that sunblock is also important to keep scars from becoming red in the long-term (and biocorneum contains some, another benefit of this product). Silicone sheeting is also effective. Most patients find the cream easier to manage on a day to day basis.
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After tummy tuck surgery, using a scar therapy is essential and should be started early in the healing process. In fact, 85% of scar formation and strength occurs in the 1st 10 weeks after surgery. You might want to try Embrace Active Scar Defense before beginning a silicone scar gel or tape. Embrace has shown to help diminish scar appearance in many patients, and there has been over 4 years of clinical research with this product. The mechanism of Embrace is relieving scar tension, which is the 2nd most important factor in scar development. By relieving tension, Embrace alters the formation of the scar. Silicone scar gels and tape are also helpful in reducing the appearance of scars. Many plastic surgeons recommend using bioCorneum after using Embrace so that patients can continue a scar therapy beyond the recommended 8 weeks of treatment with Embrace. Consistent application of a silicone scar gel for up to one year after surgery allows for the best results. Consult your board-certified plastic surgeon regarding his or her scar therapy protocol.
Scar cream after tummy tuck surgery
Silicone Scar Therapy
Silicone scar gels and tapes(sheets) are both proven to be effective in treating
scars and in helping with optimal healing. Massage and sun avoidance are also beneficial.
It's best to consult with your surgeon as to their preference and timing of treatments.
Dr. Pedy Ganchi
Village Plastic Surgery
Scar treatment after tummy tuck
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Biocorneum for tummy tuck scars
Personally, I like my patient's to use Biocorneum for their after surgical scar care.
I have them wait until their scabs are gone and then they massage their scars twice a day for one minute with the Biocorneum.
I feel the silicone tape is difficult to use for compliance and that is why I use Biocorneum instead of silicone tape.
Hope that helps,
Scar management after Abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck , scar
First, you should ask your surgeon what he/she likes to use on scars and when it can be applied.
I generally use tape for the first two weeks after surgery and switch to a silicone product like Scar Guard. I have no experience with the Biocorneum.
Best of luck.
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