I noticed that my surgeon didn't apply steri strips on my nipples/areola, are steri strips necessary? (Photos)
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Steristrips for periareolar incisions
Is there a need for steri-strips?
In the photo, I can see that the sutures around the areola are not burried under the skin and typically with that style of closure, I don't use steri-strips. Nonetheless, it would be wise to call your surgeon's office to clarify.
Dressings after surgery
When a plastic surgeon closes an incision he uses many different types of sutures to repair both the deep and the superficial layers. Often time, but not always, after the final layer of sutures he will apply steri-strips to give a little extra support for the first week or two of healing. The steri-strips are certainly not a necessary component and if your surgeon elected not to use them I would not put them on without checking with your surgeon first. There may be a reason that he did not use them in your case.
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It already looks like you have a very nice result - kudos to you and your surgeon. Often plastic surgeons use steristrips to tape the incisions after surgery, but many have alternate methods to help the scars (xeroform dressings, silicone sheeting, scar massage, etc.). It's always a good idea to check with your surgeon first before trying anything new or different - s/he may think it would be great to start with the steristrips, or s/he may have a different plan for managing your scars postop.
Hope this helps, and take care, Dr. Lim
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