My tt scar and belly are dark, will Hydrocortisone 2.5% ointment help reduce the darkness or puffiness on my scar or belly?
Tummy Tuck Scar 3 Months Post Op. Will Hydrocortisone Help Reduce the Darkness/Puffiness of My Scar?
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Scars from Tummy Tuck
Thick scars or hypertrophic scars are helped with cortisone, but you need a prescription strength Steroid. The scar is usually red and elevated. If it is dark, aside then figuring out why they are dark, a trial of bleaching cream may be of value. Remember not to expose your scars to the sun as long as they are red.
Dark scar three months after TT
Three months is still rather early in terms of scar maturation. Even untreated, chances are the scar will improve over the course of the first year after surgery.
Steroids are often used for hypertrophic, or thickened scars. Better for hyperpigmented (dark) scars is 4% hydroquinone, which your surgeon can prescribe if he or she feels it is warranted. ?Photo?
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Scar care after tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
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Reducing Size and Color of Scars
Hydrocortisone will not help reduce the puffiness and darkness of your scar. the best and most effective treatment for scars is a silicone sheet or silicone based topical cream such as BioCorneum, which is what I recommend for my patients.
You are just 3 months postop. There are several things you can do to help with your scarring/healing. Please talk to your PS about scar massage therapy. In addition, silicone gel sheets have been show to help. If you are manifesting with a thick scar, steroid injections may be needed. Please followup with your PS to get on a scar management program. Best of luck!
Laser will help dark tummy tuck scar.
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Dark & Puffy Scar 3 Months Post Tummy Tuck
Thank you for your inquiry.
Without photographs it is hard to assess your scar and provide you with accurate answers.
Nonetheless, at 3 months post surgery your scar is not 100% healed but more maturing.
If your scar were to be hyperthophic then corticosteroids could help if necessary.
The darkness of your scar could be treated with some bleaching if it fits your condition after your final recovery is established.
I encourage you to be a little more patient as scars get better with time. Do not expose the scar to the sun as it will get darker if not completely healed.
Best of luck to you.
Post TT scar
Hi, you are still in the golden period where you can help this scar to subside and shrink. And to have a better looking scar. First, you need to mositurise the scar with a silicon gel ( or any other similar product) or keep the silicon sheath over the wound and do a frequent massage and deep pressure while masssaging. You can have the prescription of these silicon gel or sheath from your doctor. The cortisone injection can be used, if the scars are too bad and painful. Having said that, you need to be assissed and examined properly by your surgeon. Some lasers can help to reduce the those scars as well. At the end , you problem is treatable, just need to do it under medical supervision and early.