6 weeks post full abdominal TT. Is embrace scar therapy effective when starting after 6 weeks?
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The Stanford Study (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2014 Sep;134(3):536-46) was a prospective trial that demonstrated a small improvement in scar quality at 12 months in abdominoplasty patients that used Embrace for at least 5 weeks (up to 13 weeks). The results were statistically significant, however, the raw numbers show an improvement of only 0.39 (13%) on a scale of 1-10 in the treated area (2.90 vs. 3.29). Real world expectations must, therefore, be tempered.
Still a benefit?
Hello Helen. I believe you will still benefit from applying Embrace Scar Prevention 6 weeks after your tummy tuck surgery.
Best wishes, Dr. Aldo
Embrace Active Scar Defense
For the best results, Embrace Active Scar Defense is typically applied 1-2 weeks after surgery but can be started later. While the results may not be as evident when starting the treatment later, there should still be some improvement. As every person’s own healing process is different, your results may differ from others using Embrace. If you tend to develop bad scarring, it may be beneficial to wear the active scar device for longer than 8 weeks. It is important to consult your board-certified plastic surgeon to determine how Embrace is best used for you. Good luck in your research!
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