Does driving after a lower body lift widen scars?
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Scarring After LBL
The scar for a lower body lift goes all of the way around the truck, so the position you sit or stand in will put different stresses on the healing tissue. Early after surgery we worry about stitches popping on the back if you bend too much at the waist or hips. We purposely make the skin as tight as possible at the surgery to get the best results, so early on it is important to be very careful not to bend too far over. If stitches do pop obviously the final scar will be worse. The skin naturally stretches relatively rapidly after the surgery so that by ~2 weeks out it is not as tight anymore, and it is safe to bend and be a little more flexible. Driving and getting in and out of the car should be limited in the early days after surgery to prevent too much tension on incisions, and if possible the seat should be adjusted back so you don’t have to sit straight up. Also compact cars where you really have to fold yourself up to get in should be avoided at first (a lower SUV or sedan are ideal). Once the incisions are healed, positioning like that will not have any real influence on the width of your scars!
Driving a car should no affect scars
Car travel/driving after LBL
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