Scars are part of almost any surgery, yet cosmetic patients tell us the fear of scars is one factor that leaves them postponing their surgical procedures. Over time, scars tend to become a minimal concern. Emotionally they end up being less important, than the discomfort and distress of having something patients want to change. Plus, silicone strips and laser treatments can help with scar minimisation.
Are your Scars a concern? Not for long.
In other words, when surgery scars heal, the residual arm scar is less of a worry than constantly feeling self-conscious about ‘bingo wings’ or sagging arm skin or folds of skin around the belly, thighs, breast, hips or upper back.
Recently there has been an increasing popularity of using silicone strips to help scars from cosmetic surgery heal better. While they cost more, their price is only a very small portion of your surgery costs – and they can really help.
Silicone Strips and Scars: Investing in your scar
Do Silicone Strips really work to help heal scars?
What can be done to help scars heal better to become less visible (less noticeable) over time?
First, what causes scars?
Nearly every surgery will result in some form of visible scar.
Early incision lines often appear RED or even angry looking (Proper wound care is important to help prevent infections, which worsen scars).
Second, how long before a scar matures and can you
help it along?
Scar maturity typically takes approximately
12 months (sometimes up to 18 months).
Silicone Strips, Light/Laser
Therapies, Dermapen and other modalities may be good options to help reduce the
visibility of any post-operative scars after surgery.
Not smoking, eating nutritiously,
staying hydrated and following post-op instructions precisely are also crucial to
minimise post-op scar complications or stretched scar formations.
Everyone heels differently, but most
scars FADE over time.
Silicon Strips have been shown to help reduce scars for some patients when used properly along with following all post-surgery instructions.
However, other factors impacting your scar include:
the type of procedure you had.
the location of the scar on the body
the length and width of the incision line needed to get you a good surgery result, and
your bodies natural healing capacity
Having healthy skin and a good immune system can help a lot when it comes to healing well from a scar.
Genetics and skin health play a big role in how your scars will form
Scars vary greatly in quality, depth,
size, texture (elevated, indented or somewhat smooth) and shape.
A scar formation will
somewhat depend on the nature of the injury or trauma, the location, depth
and length of a surgical incision or cannula entry point for liposuction.
The scar will be highly impacted
by internal and external conditions of wound
Some of these conditions are
controllable and some are not.
Genetics can have an impact on your
scar healing capacity (some high-melanin skin types are highly prone to keloid
Richly pigmented skin (Asian, Middle
Eastern, Indian, and others) may end up with more visible scars or raised scar
tendencies known as keloid scars – ask your surgeon for details
Below is an example of an Abdominoplasty scar (less than 3.5 months
after surgery) being strategically placed below the clothing line.
Scar revisions might also be an option such as if your post-op
actions stretched your incision line are a (increasing
the width of the incision line scar or resulting in a ragged looking scar; and
Various modalities might be recommended including topical treatments of high-grade Vitamin E oils and balms to encourage healing.
How do I Minimise My Scars?
Several post-op scar
minimisation protocols may be recommended for your surgery scars
These scar treatment
protocols may also be combined with OTHER scar management
Remember that everyone is different and scar formation isn’t fully predictable or controllable, even though there’s a lot you CAN do to help minimise their appearance.
Again, what you do matters. It’s critical that you DO NOT SMOKE – otherwise your surgery result, your healing and your overall health may be compromised. So what YOU do POST-OP is just as important as what your Surgeon does to help you get a great scar result
It’s a collaborative
effort to help keep scars as minimal as possible.
Be sure you attend any recommended Coco Ruby for Healite II light therapy appointments if these are recommended.These can feel nice after surgery as well as help to rejuvenate and heal your skin.