What is the Best Scar Fading Cream for Dark Skinned Black Women After Tummy Tuck?

What is the Best Scar Fading Cream for Dark Skinned Black Women After Tummy Tuck?

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Scar treatment for dark-skinned women

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The scar regimen that is proven time and time again in the literature is silicone sheeting.  Thus this seems to be my preferred recommendation for those patients at high risk for scar or developing hypertrophic scars, especially for tummy tucks.  It is more difficult to recommend this for the face since the sheets can be seen as unsightly to some people.  However at the waist, it seems to be much better tolerated.  Try a product such as NewGel which comes in clear and beige sheets that are precut to different scars.   One sheet could last several weeks and should be continued for several months.

Southport Plastic Surgeon
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Scar fading cream

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Hello and thank you for the question.

While it would be helpful to see a photograph of your condition, in our practice, a reasonable regimen for scar fading is a trial of Tri-Luma cream or a generic variant. Consult with your plastic surgeon for options.  The condition will improve in its own right, with time, however using a skin lightening treatment will help expedite that process.

Best of luck,


Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S., Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Scar care after tummy tuck

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Thank you for your post. In tummy tuck and other lift/tightening surgeries, tension is the enemy. The scar is healing gradually over 12 weeks or so, and until it is strong, it is the weakest link. As there is a great deal of tension in tummy tucks, body lifts, breast lifts, etc., the scar is at high risk of 'stretching' or widening. Silicone sheeting, although having the ability to make a scar flat, does nothing to prevent stretching of the scar. Creams or steroids or lasers also do not have the ability to prevent stretching of the scar. Those are used if scar is thick or dark, but not to reduce the wideness of the scar, which is the main problem. Massage also does not help keep the scar thin, and can actually worsen the scar in the first 12 weeks because you are actually adding tension to the scar. Massage is for softening a hard or thick scar, but if used early, will hasten the scar widening. Only tension reduction has the ability to keep the scar as thin as possible. You may notice in a lot of tummy tuck scars that the center portion of the scar is the widest with the sides toward the hips being the thinnest. This is because the maximum tension is at the center, and least amount on the sides. Embrace removes a lot of the tension by putting more tension on the skin on either side of the incision and drawing the incision together. It is expensive though at about $100 per week for 12 weeks. When patients do not want to spend the money for embrace, I tape the incision trying to remove as much tension as possible for 12 weeks and recommend no stretching back and to sit most of the time, keeping tension off the scar.
Best wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Many effective Scar Management Options exist

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Hi there-

Because there are so many effective options for the improvement in the appearance of a scar, and these options change depending on how long it has been since your surgery, it would be very difficult to say which option would be best for you without knowing more about you and your surgery.

It's also important to understand that all surgeons are very different in what they prefer and have found effective in their patients in the past.

My best advice is for you to return to see your surgeon for his advice on what to do at this point.

Scars and Darkly pigmented skin after tummy tuck

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Thank you for your question. Darkly pigmented skin can have a tendency to develop thickened and sometimes uncomfortable scars that have a tough time settling down.  If your body follows a normal path of healing, the scars will eventually flatten and fade to a more normal skin color with time, typically about 1-1.5 yrs.   Any good moisturizing lotion massaged into the scar 3 times a day should help speed the process.


If you develop hypertrophic scars and/or keloid scars, then medical intervention is necessary to help you get the best scar that you can have. Treatments include silicone gel or sheeting, steroid injections, and sometime planned light dose radiation therapy to the scars immediately after the surgery.

To help determine what might be right for you, see at least two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.  I hope this helps.

There is no one magic cream that will prevent you from developing a bad scar if the genetics of your skin is predisposed to developing bad scars.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

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