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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