Tummy tuck scar therapy?

I am just 3 days PO from my mommy makeover. I'm already wondering what's the best tummy tuck scar therapy. I've seen people use oils and then micropore/surgical tape, while others use silicone strips. What has worked best for you? Thanks!!

Doctor Answers 10

Improving scars

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It takes about a year to a year and a half for scars to fully flatten, fade, and mature.  With that in mind, it is best to intervene early with your scar care.  There are a number of scar creams, ointments, etc. designed to improve the appearance of scars.  There are various silicone gel applications for scar improvement, however, in our office, we use BioCorneum which is not silicone based.  Microneedling is another options for scar improvement.


Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck scar

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There are many techniques that different surgeons use to try to optimize the appearance of the scar.  I prefer to use Dermabond Prineo for the first 2-3 weeks followed by Embrace scar therapy.  This typically results in a very favorable scar. There are however no guarantees, and sometimes unfavorable scarring will occur despite our best efforts. All plastic surgeons have had unfavorable scarring. The truth of the matter is that scarring is probably more patient-dependent than doctor-dependent, although surgical techniques and scar management certainly play a role. Best wishes to you!

Erik Miles, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Scar

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We usually recommend scar massage with Biocorneum starting around week 3. We also recommend sun screen starting then even when covered in sun environment. I also recommend night time taping of the scar for the first few months. Massage is recommended for a whole year. 

Chad Douglas Tattini, MD
Bloomington Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Scar therapy after tummy tuck

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burn research has shown that pressure garments achieve very good results but be careful of too much pressure in the early postoperative period.Sunblocks are important too as well as massage with a lubricant such as baby oil,cocoa butter etc

Robert V. Mandraccia, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Scar

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The only scar product with clinically proven results is Embrace scar therapy.  I incorporate it into all my abdominoplasties.  You can find information on line.

Good luck.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Ali Mosharrafa

Ali Mosharrafa, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Tummy tuck

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I usually keep the incision taped or stars-stripped for about 6 weeks. Sometimes I recommend other topical after the tape is removed. Best to ask your surgeon his preference.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Scar Therapy after Tummy Tuck

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Every surgeon has a different approach for scar therapy after Tummy Tuck. Ultimately, the two most important factors will be how tight the closure was and your inherent scar tendencies.


I usually tape the scar for 2-3 months after surgery. Some patients decide to purchase Embrace, which is a special product that relieves tension off of the incision. I usually have them purchase is separately and start it 2 weeks after surgery.

Nirmal Nathan, MD
Plantation Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

TT scar therapy

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I advise my patients not to touch their incisions and keep them dry until the scabs come off which may take weeks.  Many patients use silicone sheeting or some variation on their scars after 4 to 6 weeks.  As scars mature over months to a year, the quality of the scar usually improves.  

Kenneth Hughes, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Los Angeles, CA

Tummy tuck scar therapy?

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Congratulations on having undergone the tummy tuck procedure.  Your plastic surgeon will have his/her preferences; in my practice, I try to keep pressure on the incision with tape for the first few weeks after tummy tuck surgery. The use of silicone-based products (creams or sheeting) are helpful afterwards when it comes to achieving the best scars possible.
 

 Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.

Tummy tuck scar therapy?

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Tummy Tuck scar therapy will not start until all the sutures are removed.  Wearing a good compression garment will help as it puts pressure on the scar.  Rubbing the scar in the direction that it is going with vitamin E oil works well as does taking vitamin E by mouth.  Discuss scar therapy with your surgeon at your next visit.  He will determine what should work best for you.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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