why do I have to keep creaming the scars after my inner thigh and arm skin reduction and how long for ? thanks marisa
Why Do I Have to Cream the Scars After Thigh Reduction Surgery?
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Scar management after thigh reduction surgery
Great question Marisa. The tradeoff of having better a contour to your thighs with thigh reduction surgery is the scars that result. The best way to minimise these scars is to adhere strictly to your doctor's recommended scar management techniques. Techniques vary but massage, compression garments and taping are common components. In most cases the techniques are recommended for 6-8 weeks, although troublesome scars will benefit from longer treatment. Your scars will continue to mature for 1-2 years.
Good luck! JT
Topical scar treatment after surgery
Massaging topical moisturizer and hydrocortisone creams into a scar after any surgery is an important part of any cosmetic surgery. These products will aid the softening and fading of the scar. the physical massaging action will help stretch the collagen fibrils which cause the scar to feel tight and hard. Topical silicone scar treatments can also help in this regard and I use them all in my practice as a routine.
Massaging the scars can help break up scar tissue and reduce the thickening of the scar. There are many products available like mederma, skin aesthetique, or biocorneum that work well on these types of incisions. Keep massaging, it will benefit your healing in the long run!
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Scar Management Following Thigh Lift Surgery
It's not unusual for patients to be concerned about scarring following thigh lift surgery. The scars following this procedure are potentially long and are not easily hidden.
In an effort to minimize scarring, a variety of maneuvers have been utilized. These include techniques designed to decrease tension on the wound closure, examples include steri-strips, silicone scar sheeting and compressive support devices.
Massage of scars with a variety of topical agents has been shown to be helpful,as well. It's also important to avoid sun exposure and tanning. In the occasional patient who develops hypertrophic scarring steroid injections may be helpful, as well.
It's important to remember that wound remodeling occurs for at least 12-18 months following surgery. If you're concerned about scarring following thigh lift surgery, it's important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to help you manage this problem.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.