Why does silicone help with tummy tuck scarring?
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Silicone Scar Treatments
One of the most common concern for patients who are considering a tummy tuck procedure is scarring. Silicone is used in many scar therapies as it has shown to help minimize the appearance of scars and provide a barrier to protect your incision from external environmental factors that can contribute to bad scarring. Silicone is thought to provide hydration and help with collagen regulation, helping skin repair itself more quickly so that you can achieve the best aesthetic result. Before implementing silicone scar gel therapies, however, you may want to consider using Embrace Active Scar Defense first. This active scar device helps minimize scars by relieving tension, the second most important factor in scar development. Relieving the tension on your tummy tuck incision will help you heal nicely and have a less visible scar. This scar therapy is typically started 1-2 weeks after surgery and applied for up to 8-10 weeks. It can be started later as well, and there should still be improvement. After completion of treatment duration with Embrace, patients can transition to a silicone scar gel treatment for the next 6 months. There are many different brands of silicone scar gel treatments. We recommend bioCorneum. This product is a blend of three types of silicone, and it also has SPF 30 to help with any potential sun-induced redness or discoloration. Your board-certified plastic surgeon should help you find a scar therapy product to help minimize the appearance of your scars related to your tummy tuck surgery. You will have the best outcome if you begin using a product early in the healing process. Good luck in your recovery and research on scar treatments!
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