Scar Cream for Tummy Tuck Scar?

What is the most effective scar cream to apply on a tummy tuck scar so it would heal better?

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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

Tummy Tuck Scar Cream

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Follow your surgeon's pre and post surgery care instructions closely. You can try Dermatix, which is what I usually recommend.

Scar Cream for Tummy Tuck Scar?

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Your plastic surgeon will have his/her preference when it comes to incision line “care”.  For example, some plastic surgeons prefer the use of tape ( applying pressure) along the incision line. The use of silicone-based products (creams or sheeting)  may also be helpful in achieving the best scars possible.
I hope this helps.

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Thank you for your question. I routinely advise my patients to massage their Tummy Tuck Scar and apply Scar Guard Cream after surgery.

However at the first sign of redness or "lumpy" areas in the scar I begin Laser Treatments with the 1540 Non ablative Fractional Erbium Laser. Results have been excellent.

Scarfade good for tummy tuck scar.

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We use Scarfade applied to the tummy tuck scar twice a day with rather good results..Also, depending on the color of the scar, different lasers can be quite helpful.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
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Scar cream for tummy tuck scar

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There are so many available scar creams, it's hard to chose one. Try a few to see which might be the 'one' for you. Some are Rxed, some are over the counter.

Scar creams and best options for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) incisions

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I tend to agree with Dr. Singer's assesment. Generally, silicone scar sheets are probably the best at modifying the scar maturation process. Silcone gel creams or preparations with a sunblock are probably second best and there are countless products out there. Other preparations, in my opinion, such as Mederma or home remedies such as cocoa butter, aloe vera, vitamin E have weak if any true research supporting true effectiveness.

Tummy Tuck scar

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Hello! I find the best cream for post surgery scars is SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel or Epidermal Repair. They both contain Hyaluronic Acid which is highly moisturizing and helps with the appearance of scars. Hopefully this helps.

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Tom Haas, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

Scar treatment after tummy tuck

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Thank you for your question.  Scar maturation can be enhanced and scar appearance improved with scar massage, topical silicone scar gel or silicone sheeting, and proper protection of the scar from the sun.  It can take up to one year for scars to reach their final state - so patience is also important!

Wound Remodeling Can Last 12-18 Post-Op

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It’s not unusual for patients to be concerned about scaring following abdominoplasty surgery.The scars from this procedure are potentially long and not easily hidden.
In an effort to minimize scarring, a variety of maneuvers have been utilized.These include techniques designed to decrease tension on the wound closure, examples include steristrips embrace, silicone scar sheeting and compressive support devices.
Massage of scars with a variety of topical agents has been utilized in an effort to minimize scarring.It’s also important to avoid sun exposure and tanning.In the occasional patient who develops hypertrophic scarring steroid injections may be helpful as well.
It’s important to remember that wound remodeling occurs for at least 12 to 18 months following surgery.If you’re concerned about scarring following abdominoplasty surgery, it’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to help you manage this problem.

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