Whether it’s elective or not, surgical scars are a reality anytime you go under the knife. But when it comes to abdominoplasty or tummy tuck scarring, there are a number of things that factor into their visibility, as well as steps you can take to minimize the look of your surgical scars.
Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon.
A properly certified and experienced plastic surgeon will take care during your tummy tuck surgery to optimize techniques to leave as small of a scar as possible. This can include making incisions in inconspicuous places and closing incisions in layers for easier postoperative healing with less tension. Doing your research and thoroughly vetting your plastic surgeon is vital to the outcome of your surgery.
What is good for scars after surgery? Using the right scar treatments.
Dr. Barrett has a carefully curated The Essential Scar Management Kit postoperative scar regimen to ensure the only reminder of your abdominoplasty surgery are your desired results. Specifically, he recommends Skinuva®, a surgical scar healing cream that’s backed by science and uses highly selective growth factors which are shown to be twice as effective as silicone cream. Skinuva® is ideal for treating newer scars, typically ones that are less than a year old, and healing scars after plastic surgery that are still red, raised, thickened, tender, itchy, and/or darkly pigmented.
Another key treatment in his postoperative scar regimen is LightStim, an easy-to-use, at-home device that combines therapeutic light energy with patented technology to treat scars from within. It works by using red light therapy to penetrate the body at the cellular level with specific wavelengths of light, reducing inflammation and supporting tissue repair and regeneration.
What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?
A minimum of two weeks of downtime is needed for your initial recovery—but keep in mind that it’s really dependent on the individual and the procedures performed; some may need longer than two weeks of downtime. Keep in mind that no matter what procedure combination you choose, you don’t want to do any heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
What to buy for tummy tuck?
To ensure you have the best possible outcome, Dr. Barrett has some supplement must-haves he recommends for all his patients. We already touched a bit on Barrett Recovery CBD Oil above, and it’s really a game-changer for pain management, anxiety and sleep. Magnesium Breakthrough is also essential to control the muscle spasms that may occur as you recover from your tummy tuck. It can also help with constipation and sleep. Arnica Recovery Complexcontains both arnica and bromelain, and is an effective, holistic way to decrease the inflammation after surgery that occurs in your body without causing a leaky gut that can happen with traditional anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aspirin. Formulated to provide the optimal level of nutrient support, for enhanced recovery after surgery, Healfast Post-Op gives your body the necessary nutrients to heal and helps you detox from anesthesia, in addition to also reducing swelling, bruising and inflammation, and aiding in pain control. MassZymes, a digestive enzyme supplement, breaks down the debris created from the wound healing process, improves tissue remodeling and actually reduces the lab markers of inflammation, making it one of the best supplements for healing after surgery. Dr. Barrett has also curated a Mommy Makeover Recovery Kit to set his tummy tuck patients up for surgical success with the least amount of down time and discomfort possible.
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