Scar Management

Following your surgery, you will have incisions that need to heal, creating new scars. Whilst most scars are permanent, normal faults change and fade over months to years. Scar therapy post-surgery aims to promote optimal healing and scarring and reduce discomfort in the healing phase.

Here are some tips to help you manage your scars.

1. Keep the wound clean and moist

Keep the wound clean by washing it gently with mild soap and water, then pat it dry with a clean towel. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or a scar-specific ointment to keep the wound moist and promote healing.

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2. Protect the wound from the sun

New scars have increased susceptibility to UV damage. Sun exposure can cause scars to darken and become more visible. Protect the wound from the sun by wearing protective clothing or a bandage and applying sunscreen.

3. Massage the scar

Massaging the scar can help break up scar tissue and promote blood flow to the area. Use your fingers to massage the scar for several minutes each day gently. You can also use a silicone gel or sheeting to massage the scar.

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4. Apply pressure

Applying pressure to the scar can help reduce its appearance. Use a pressure dressing or silicone gel sheeting to apply pressure to the scar for several hours daily.

5. Avoid nicotine products and maintain a healthy diet

Smoking and other nicotine products cause damage due to toxins and reduce the blood supply to the area needing to heal, thereby impairing wound healing and increasing the risk of infection.

A diet rich in nutrients (C, Zinc, E, iron and protein) can contribute to optimal wound healing and, therefore, scarring.

 6. Skin needling treatments

Skin needling treatments  (Skinpen) and radiofrequency micro-needling treatments (Potenza) are available in our practice to treat scars. These treatments stimulate the skin’s normal wound-healing response and promote collagen formation. These treatments may help to improve the appearance of scars.

7. Consider Other Treatments

Other treatments can be used for abnormal scarring, including hypertrophic/keloid scars. These scars are more common in certain body parts and people with darker skin tones. Medical interventions like corticosteroid injections, laser therapy, or surgical revision may be considered.

8. Be patient

Patience is essential as scars can take several months to a year to heal fully, and their appearance will change throughout this time, gradually becoming less noticeable. Be patient and continue to take care of the scar. Be sure to attend regular follow-up appointments so Dr Taylor can monitor progress and address concerns early.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between fat transfer and fillers?
As opposed to synthetic fillers, the process of a fat transfer keeps the fat cells permanently where they are placed. They use a person’s own fat tissue for injection, rather than filler materials.
Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty surgery patients are those who are fit, have already achieved any weight loss goals. Abdominoplasty surgery is not a substitute for diet and exercise and can be associated with increased risks in patients who are overweight or obese. Women who are planning future pregnancies should also delay abdominoplasty surgery.
How much does breast reconstruction surgery cost?
The cost for breast reconstruction is determined by the extent and complexity of the procedure, as well as surgeon costs, anaesthetist fees, hospital fees, and post-operative recovery costs. Because of its reconstructive nature, a portion of the procedure costs may be covered by Medicare or your private health insurer, but you will need to check what criteria you must meet to be eligible.
What is recovery from breast revision like?
Recovery from breast revision surgery will be similar to the recovery experienced following the initial implant procedure. It is recommended that you minimise strenuous activity and exercise after surgery. You should also avoid wearing underwire bras to facilitate proper healing of the underlying breast tissue.

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