How to Get Rid of Liposuction Scars

How to Get Rid of Liposuction Scars

When you choose liposuction to smooth the appearance of your skin, you obviously want the most natural outcome possible. Unfortunately, the process of liposuction can and will leave behind scars. In order to minimize their appearance, and to prevent them from becoming worse than they could – or should – be, it is important for you to take proactive steps towards promoting scar healing. Though the incision site for a liposuction procedure will be smaller than that used by other procedures, it’s important to treat the site of the incisions you receive with the same care as you would the incisions left behind by any surgical procedure.

This process begins before you even head in for liposuction. Drinking plenty of water may not hydrate your skin, but it’s still important for overall health and to be as healthy as possible when heading into surgery. Likewise, ensuring that you are eating a healthy diet filled with the proper vitamins and nutrients, such as zinc and copper, can help to promote the healing of your scars through the development of the collagen required for the formation of healthy scar tissue. It’s also important to ensure that you are not smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to the procedure, as well as for 6 weeks immediately following it, as smoking can slow down the healing process and lead to worsened scars.

Ensuring that your liposuction scars heal fully and with a minimal amount of damage does not end once you have the procedure, though. It’s important to give them the proper aftercare immediately following the procedure, as well as for several weeks afterwards, until the scars themselves have begun to fade. Using a topical treatment that contains natural Vitamin C can offer you a tremendous boost to the healing of your scars. A treatment such as this will need to be used on a regular basis, as the body does not naturally store Vitamin C, so keep this in mind. Keeping the scars moisturized with a treatment such as that offered through ingredients like dimethicone silicone can also be important.

Though you might think that clothing is enough to prevent damaging exposure to the sun, remember that UV rays can travel through clothing, so making use of a sunscreen with appropriate UVA and UVB protection. It goes without saying that you should use at least an SPF 30 if you plan on heading to the beach or the pool at any time in the months following your liposuction procedure.

If you take the proper steps, you can vastly minimize the appearance of liposuction scars. Because they’re small to begin with, you can prevent them from being very noticeable at all. The important thing is to be proactive in the treatment of your liposuction scars and in the treatment process.

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How to Minimize Liposuction Scars

How to Minimize Liposuction Scars

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide. Also known as body sculpting or body contouring, liposuction can dramatically change your body’s appearance by targeting specific areas where excess fat is a problem, such as arms, thighs, abdomen, or even the neck. Many people are thrilled with their liposuction results, but as a surgical procedure, it does require making small incisions in the skin, and scars are the inevitable result.

The location of your liposuction scars will depend on your surgeon’s preferences and skill, and sometimes can be hidden in the belly button or below the bikini line. Other scars will be more visible, depending on what areas of your body you have treated. Wherever your scars are, chances are you want to minimize them as much as possible.

About Liposuction Scars

The incisions and the suctioning device leave behind at least a couple of scars per area treated, more if multiple areas are treated or if for some reason additional incisions are required.

The size of the scars depend on various factors, such as the skill and experience of the surgeon and the surgical technique used. Your own genetics play a big role in how visible or dark the scars will be. Those with darker skin may end up with more visible scars, as dark skin is more prone to keloid scars, in addition to the fact that discoloration around the incision may be more noticeable.

What You Can Do

It is vital to keep the incision sites clean and follow your doctor’s instructions for avoiding infection during the healing period. Besides being painful, infection of the incision can lead to a worse final scar. The compression garments that your doctor will instruct you to wear also work to minimize scarring by reducing inflammation.

Smoking can have a direct impact on the appearance of scars and should be avoided before surgery and during healing. Keeping the scars out of the sun, getting regular exercise once your doctor says it is okay, and eating a healthy balanced diet can all work to help your scars heal and fade. Massage can also help scars heal. These actions all work to ensure the healing site receives plenty of oxygen and moisture. Finally, once the wounds are healed, you can begin using a scar healing product that contains silicone as well as natural ingredients like vitamin C and licorice extract (to fade discoloration) and aloe vera (to moisturize.)

Read: How Does Smoking Affect Scar Healing?

Read: How Does the Sun Affect Scars?

Occasionally a healed liposuction scar may require further treatment, such as scar revision. But usually, liposuction scars are small, not overly visible, and with the help of a silicone-based product, can eventually become nearly invisible. Most people who have liposuction consider the results well worth the simple scar healing regimen they need to implement afterward.

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Do Scars Change Appearance After Surgery?

Do Scars Change Appearance After Surgery?

If you are planning to have any type of surgery, whether it is elective or not, you may be wondering what to expect concerning your scar. Most surgical procedures will leave some type of scar, and these scars do indeed change quite a bit after the surgery and over time.

Scar tissue is not as strong as normal skin. For several weeks after the surgery takes place, it is easy to reopen a wound through minimal accidental trauma. By the time six weeks have passed, if normal healing is taking place, the scar tissue has about half the strength it will ever gain. The scar’s final ability to withstand trauma or injury gradually increases over the next one to two years. However, it will never regain the normal strength of uninjured skin.

Read: How is Scar Tissue Different From Normal Skin?

Read: How Long Does It Take For a Scar to Heal?

Most of the collagen, which is the main component of scar tissue, has formed in the area by four to six weeks after the wound has closed and begun to heal. The scar will usually appear firm, red, and raised during this time. The rate of collagen production will change over the next several months. When healing is normal, normal amounts and types of collagen are present in the area. The redness of the scar fading and the scar itself beginning to soften are also signs of normal healing. Most patients can expect it to take at least one year for the scar’s final appearance to become apparent. In children, scars may continue to change for several years.

Read: Do Scars Grow With Age?

If you are unhappy with the red appearance of a scar, and it is a relatively new scar, realize that it will likely fade a good deal on its own (although not disappear completely; scars are permanent). Be sure to avoid exposing the scar to sunlight; use sunscreen, cover the scar with clothing, or stay indoors. UV rays do not only damage normal skin; they also damage scar tissue and can make it look darker or redder. These changes are sometimes permanent.

You can also cover a scar with makeup in some cases. If the sutures have been removed and the wound is healed, you can gently apply concealer or other makeup to conceal the scar as it heals. Remember that makeup by itself does not protect the scar from sun damage; also use sunscreen, or choose a makeup that contains sunscreen as one of its ingredients.

Scars do change in appearance significantly after surgery, as time passes and the scar begins to heal. Keep in mind that how much your scar changes, and what type of changes you notice, depend largely on how you care for the scar as it heals, your diet and lifestyle choices, and whether you are darker or lighter skinned. Be sure to exercise regularly (once you’re cleared by your doctor to do so) and eat a healthy diet; also use scar treatment products that contain ingredients known to help scars fade and soften, such as silicone and Vitamin C. Following these and other steps for scar healing will ensure that the kinds of changes you see in your post-surgical scar are the ones you want.

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How to Get Rid of Tummy Tuck Scars

How to Get Rid of Tummy Tuck Scars

A tummy tuck is a highly effective procedure for improving the contour of your abdomen and achieving an attractive midsection. During a tummy tuck, excess fat and skin are removed, stomach muscles are tightened up, and the whole abdominal area is smoothed and slimmed. However, most surgical procedures do leave scars, and scarring after a full tummy tuck scar can be quite extensive, running the length of your bikini line – often all the way from one hip to the other. A “mini tummy tuck” leaves a much smaller scar, but unfortunately not all women are candidates. If you are unhappy enough with the appearance of your tummy to seek a tummy tuck, then the scar left behind, which is easy to hide, will probably be a trade-off you will be happy to make. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t want to do everything you can to minimize the scar’s appearance.

One of the most important ways to minimize the appearance of your scar starts before your surgery ever takes place. You should stop smoking for several weeks before your surgery (most doctors advise at least 4-6 weeks), and refrain from smoking for at least 6 weeks after the procedure to maximize oxygen flow to the area and encourage healthy healing. Another way you can help prevent excessive scarring is by avoiding infection after your surgery. Infection will most likely worsen the final appearance of your scars, so keep the incision scrupulously clean and follow all of your doctor’s instructions for aftercare.

Once your scar begins to heal, there are some things you can do to promote the thinning, fading, and softening of the scar. A gel product containing silicone can help, as silicone has known scar-healing effects. For best results these products should be used regularly. The earlier you start using these products (once cleared by your doc), the better the results are likely to be – but even if you do not start using silicone early on in the recovery process, it can still have a remarkable effect on your scar, especially if it starts to become more firm or raised over time.

You can also choose a silicone gel that contains other ingredients known to improve the look of scars. Vitamin C and licorice, for example, have been shown to be helpful in fading dark scars. You can apply some of these ingredients topically in a scar treatment, and you can also consume certain “scar helper” nutrients in your diet, like vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, and protein.

A healthy diet will go a long way towards helping heal your scar more quickly, too. Look for foods with high concentrations of vitamins A and C, zinc, and protein. Citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, and peppers are all high in vitamin C; you can look for vitamin A in produce such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe. Zinc can help your skin heal and may help prevent bacterial infection; you can find it in seafood, spinach, nuts, and beans. You probably know to look to meats for protein, but you can also find this helpful ingredient in eggs, beans, tofu, and dairy products like cheese and milk.

Realize that your tummy tuck scar will never completely disappear, but that taking steps to minimize its appearance can make a huge difference in rendering it far less noticeable, thereby maximizing the beautiful result you wanted from your tummy tuck to begin with.

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How to Minimize Plastic Surgery Scars

How to Minimize Plastic Surgery Scars

The decision to have plastic surgery is a major and personal one. Patients can often achieve an improved appearance through plastic surgery, which makes it tremendously popular, and most patients are thrilled with their results. However, post-surgery scarring is one of the downfalls – and anytime an incision is made to the skin, there will be a scar. The risk of severe scarring is enough to make some patients rethink their decision to have plastic surgery at all, but scarring can be minimized by optimal placement and proper aftercare.

Choose Your Surgeon Carefully
The surgical technique used has a major impact on what kind of scarring you can expect. Choose an experienced, board certified surgeon and discuss the types of incisions and suturing he or she uses, as well as what kind of scarring you can expect.

Don’t Smoke
Smoking affects scar healing in several ways. First of all, it increases your chances of having complications such as infection, which delays wound healing and exacerbates scarring. Smoking also affects the oxygenation of your tissues by causing your blood vessels to constrict. This allows less oxygen to get to the wound, which impedes healing. The increased carbon monoxide in your bloodstream is another way smoking decreases the amount of oxygen in your blood. Finally, smoking depletes Vitamin C faster, and Vitamin C is important in collagen formation and immune system function, as well as being a powerful antioxidant.

Try Silicone Scar Treatments
Silicone sheeting and topical gels work to improve the appearance of scars by reducing the color and height of the scar and softening its texture. Silicone increases hydration in the area, regulates growth factors such as collagen production, and reduces the discomfort and itching sometimes caused by scars.

Use Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been shown to promote wound healing and inhibit inflammation. Aloe Vera can be used on healing wounds (not open wounds) to reduce scar formation with its glycoproteins, which stop inflammation and pain, and its polysaccharides, which encourage skin growth and repair. You can either apply Aloe Vera straight from the plant or you can use an ointment or gel containing it as an ingredient.

Avoid Ingredients Not Shown to Be Helpful
Vitamin E, though a popular anti-aging ingredient, has been shown to be at best ineffective and at worst harmful to scars, having a worsening effect rather than the opposite. In fact, 1 in 3 people are allergic to Vitamin E and develop contact dermatitis. Oftentimes people believe that Vitamin E has helped with their scar healing, however it is only the moisturizing effect that has made a difference.

Other ingredients, such as Aloe Vera, licorice, and silicone, are known to have a much greater positive effect on scar healing. You should also avoid any products containing artificial ingredients like preservatives, parabens, and fragrances. These products increase the risk of allergic reaction or irritation, for starters. Hydroquinone and kojic acid are other ingredients that are harmful and should be avoided.

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