Tape vs gel? (Photos)

I'm using a silicone gel massaged into incisions twice daily. My doc didn't recommend strips or tape but it seems like that's what everyone else does. He's been practicing for a long time so I trust him but I want to make sure I'm doing everything to minimize redness. Should I do both? I am 4 weeks post lift

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I appreciate your question.

I perform a liposuction breast lift that removes tissue from the areas you don't want such as near the armpit and the lower portion hanging near your stomach. Once I use this to shape the breast I then remove the skin to tighten the breast and create a better shape with nice cleavage. Since I perform this less invasively the recovery time is faster. The size would depend on the proportion with your body versus going for a cup size. I sometimes add fat grafting to the upper pole to give more cleavage if needed or wanted.

Scars stay red for up to a year. Wear a supportive bra for the first 6 weeks.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.  Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery.


Best of luck!


Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Tape or Gel for Treatment of Incisions and Scars

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The patient will go home in a bra or with only light dressings over the incision lines. Sutures are dissolvable but an ending knot, if present is removed within 1-2 weeks. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days.

Anny breast operation can result in changes in sensation. This happens less with lifts than reductions but is still possible Occasionally, minor complications occur and do not affect the surgical outcome. Major complications associated with this procedure are rare. The suitability of the breast lift procedure and specific risks may be determined during your consultation.

#Hypertrophic or #keloid scars can be a problem. The worst are usually under the breast with an #AnchorLift or inverted “T”. These can be treated like all thickened scars with re-excision, laser, kenalog/5-FU injections, creams, silicone strips and other methods to reduce and improve healing.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Scar management after mastopexy

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can be done with either method.  My patients all have the option of using BioCorneum (silicone based) on their healing incisions if they like.  I do not push scar products as most scars heal well.  But if  you're wanting to be proactive, the silicone produce and tape can both be done, separately or even together.

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Congratulations on having undergone the breast lifting procedure; base of your photographs, it seems like your plastic surgeon has done a nice job for you and that you are healing nicely. I think your current incision line care is just fine; the use of silicone gel or sheeting  works well for most patients. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with long-term.

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Thanks for your inquiry and pictures.  You seem to be getting a nice result. At four weeks, I am not sure that taping has a role.  At this juncture, ask your doctor about his/her thoughts on silicone strips vs silicone gels. Good Luck.  

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Thank you for your question and congratulation for your recent procedure. From the photos you have an excellent result and good healing. As long as you have the time to do the massage regularly, then the silicone gel is effective. The alternative the tape is good too. In that case, no massage is needed. However I would rely on the advice of your surgeon, as the wisest option, considering he is the one who performed your procedure. 

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