A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that is used to improve the appearance of the stomach by making the abdomen both thinner and more firm.

 

Minimizing Scars After A Tummy Tuck

 

While surgeons always strive to make incisions as low as possible to minimize the appearance of scars, scarring is ultimately dependent on several different factors. This includes mainly genetics, the skill of the surgeon and how much tension is placed on the incision post-surgery. However, there are a lot of things you can do to minimize scars after a tummy tuck – both immediately after your surgery and throughout the first year as well.


  1. Apply Petroleum Jelly to Wound and Cover It Up. Dressing your wound with petroleum jelly can reduce the final appearance of scarring by as much as 33 percent. Contrary to popular belief, exposing your wound to air does not make it heal faster, so it is best to avoid this.


  1. Wear Compression Garments. These increase blood circulation to your wounds, which helps to heal scars. Ensure that you purchase a compression garment that is specifically made for those who have had tummy tucks.


  1. Use Silicone Sheeting. These can help flatten scars and make them more even. An added bonus is that they can also help with pain and itching. Silicone sheeting that is specifically designed for tummy tuck recovery is ideal.


  1. Use Creams: Vitamin E Oil or Cocoa Butter. These can encourage healing and may reduce the appearance of scars with continued use. Ensure that both are high-quality for best results.


  1. Apply Sunscreen Under Clothing. UV rays can penetrate through clothing, making scars look a lot redder or darker. Ensure that you always wear sunscreen on your stomach and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Many surgeons recommend that patients wear sunscreen for at least one year after surgery.


  1. Avoid Infection. Follow your doctor’s post operative instructions carefully so that you avoid infection, which can make scars more visible. However, if you do develop an infection, treating it immediately can help to reduce the scar’s appearance.


  1. Stop Smoking. Smoking can give scars a very visible “ropey” appearance. You will also not heal as quickly.  


  1. Give it Time. It is important to recognize that scars often look much worse following a tummy tuck – even months after. In fact, scarring can take several months and even up to a year to fade. Keeping this in mind will help you have realistic expectations.

It is important to follow your doctor’s post operative instructions very precisely. If you are wanting more information on how to minimize scarring after a tummy tuck, contact Dr. Kesarwani today.