Is inflammation a good thing for scar reduction after Tummy tuck ?
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Can anti-inflammatory medication make your tummy tuck scar worse?
Inflammation and Healing post Tummy Tuck
Inflammation and scar formation
This is an interesting question. Any injury, including an intentional one such as a cosmetic surgery will induce an inflammatory response. We need this response in order to establish effective healing. A surgeon always wants their patients to heal with the least obvious scar possible. An inflammatory response that runs out of control will likely lead to unacceptable deep and surface scarring. Maneuvers during surgery such as limiting trauma to tissues with excessive traction, reducing use of cautery especially close to the skin surface, relieving tension on the skin at the time of closure help minimize certain inflammation, After surgery maintaining appropriate hydration, electrolyte balance, nutrition, proper compression and mobility help reduce inflammation, There are numerous nutriceuticals that claim to reduce inflammation. These substances may have unanticipated side effects, especially after a significant surgery. Your surgeon should be able to guide you on what to stop and what is acceptable to take before and after surgery. Your surgery is a partnership between you and your surgeon. Always seek the opinion and expertise of a board certified plastic surgeon. Never hesitate to ask any question, The better prepared a patient is for surgery and the more calm that they are anticipating the recovery, the lower the overall inflammation is as well.
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