Any surgical incision will leave a scar behind, but many people have particular concern over the appearance of their tummy tuck scar. In order to minimize the appearance of your tummy tuck scar, there are a few tips and tricks you can try.
1. Avoid Excess Tension
While reducing stress is always a good idea, that’s not the kind of tension we’re referring to here.
Physical tension on your incision can cause incision edges to pull apart during healing.
Pulling and tension on any wound, including a surgical incision, results in dehiscence, which may make your tummy tuck scar wider and increase total healing time.
Look for a plastic surgeon who offers drain-free tummy tucks. This type of tummy tuck uses a special surgical technique to minimize tension at the incision site and promote optimal scar formation.
2. Prevent Infection
The presence of an infection is never a good thing. Beside the primary risks associated with an infection, infections can also increase the likelihood of scarring at the surgery site. In order to lower the risk of infection, it is important to follow all aftercare instructions precisely as they are written. If you suspect your incision may be infected, call your plastic surgeon immediately.
3. Use Proper Skincare Products
Just as following the aftercare instructions to fight infections is critical, it is also important to follow any subsequent skincare recommendations regarding incision and scar care. This can include the use of specific products, avoiding sun exposure and staying properly hydrated.
Dr. Francesco Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.