Tummy Tuck

4 Tips for Minimizing Your Tummy Tuck Scar

Mona Lisa Touch

As with all surgeries, abdominoplasty inevitably results in a scar. However, the scar doesn’t have to be a source of insecurity. With proper care, you can minimize your tummy tuck scar as much as possible so you can best enjoy your abdominoplasty results.

  1. Avoid Direct Sun Exposure

    Direct sun exposure can make scars appear darker or redder in color, accentuating your scar’s visibility. When you do go out in the sun, be sure to cover up your scar with sunscreen. As scars take around a year to fully mature, you should wear diligent sunscreen for at least the first year after your tummy tuck.

  2. Use Petroleum Jelly

    Petroleum jelly has long been used to help scars heal. Petroleum jelly protects scars from external contaminants by creating an airtight seal. This is also an excellent way to keep your scar moisturized, protecting against the formation of scabs, which delay the healing process.

  3. Apply Topical Vitamin E

    Vitamin E can also be an excellent moisturizer for scars. However, be careful to make sure your skin doesn’t produce an allergic reaction. Some people develop skin rashes in response to vitamin E, which can worsen your scar. Test on a different patch of skin before applying to your tummy tuck scar.

  4. Avoid Tobacco

    Tobacco dehydrates the skin and restricts blood circulation, which slows the healing process. People who smoke can experience more severe scarring and slower healing after surgery than nonsmokers. If you are a smoker, avoid tobacco for several weeks before and after your tummy tuck, and consider quitting altogether for the best recovery and overall health.

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