To say that you’re excited for your upcoming breast augmentation is probably an understatement. More accurately, the mix of nervous excitement you’re feeling is palpable; one of the ways to channel that energy into something productive is to get yourself prepared with everything you need for your breast augmentation recovery. It’s safe to assume that one of your biggest concerns is scarring after your breast implant surgery. Surgical scars are a reality anytime you go under the knife. But not all surgical scar healing is created equal; there are a number of things that factor into the visibility of breast implant surgical scars, as well as the steps you can take to minimize the look of your scars.
Over his decades of experience, Dr. Barrett has researched hundreds of products aimed at ensuring his patients have the best breast augmentation recovery possible, with the least amount of surgical scars, and his curated options reflect a holistic approach to health and wellness. The culmination of this, his Breast Augmentation Scar Management Kit takes the guesswork out of sifting through tons of forums and word-of-mouth recommendations that may or may not even work.
Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon.
The best offense is a good defense. In the case of breast implant surgery, a properly certified and experienced plastic surgeon will take care during your 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.
Using the right scar treatments.
As mentioned, Dr. Barrett has a carefully curated Breast Augmentation Scar Management Kit with everything you need to ensure the only reminder of your procedure are your desired results. Contained in this all-in-one kit are products like 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 he recommends 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.
Additionally, his curated Essential Scar Management Kit sets his plastic surgery patients up for surgical success with the least amount of down time and discomfort possible.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.
Surgical scars – and all scars for that matter – are very sensitive areas. Think of them as brand-new skin that’s trying to heal, making it much more vulnerable and more likely to get sunburned, especially for the first year after your surgery. Sun exposure on a healing scar can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, turning the scar from pink to brown, and even cause it to appear more raised and inflamed. Additionally, exposing a new scar to the damaging effects of the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer. To minimize both the aesthetic and health risks, covering your scar with clothing offers the best protection. On areas where this isn’t possible, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is your next-best protection for surgical scars. iS Clinical’s Eclipse SPF 50, Dr. Barrett’s recommendation for surgical scar protection (and beyond) is a lightweight, physical, broad-spectrum sunscreen that blends titanium dioxide, micronized zinc oxide and pure vitamin E for superior water-resistant, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a ultra-sheer matte finish. And don’t forget: it’s important to apply sunscreen 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours to ensure proper protection.
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