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Treatments for Liposuction Scars

Treatments for Liposuction Scars

With constant chatter in the media about eating healthy and getting in shape, it’s no wonder we obsess about our bodies. Everybody wants to feel great about their body, and having confidence in the way you look can lead to an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, sometimes even exercise and healthy eating don’t yield the desired results. With this in mind, it’s no wonder so many people are turning to options like liposuction to solve their body fat dilemmas. Did you know getting liposuction can lead to scarring? Perhaps not. Or, perhaps you’ve already undergone a liposuction procedure and are looking for ways to minimize existing liposuction scars. After all, you get liposuction to feel better about your body, so you don’t want to wake up and find that you have something new to feel self-conscious about. The good news is that there are many effective ways of preventing unsightly liposuction scars and reducing the appearance of existing scar tissue. 

Preparing for Liposuction Scars

Because everybody’s skin heals differently, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider before undergoing a liposuction procedure. Any qualified professional should inform you of the risks, both medical and aesthetic, of getting liposuction. One thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that liposuction will not tighten your skin. This means that if you do not have good elasticity in your skin, wrinkles that may accentuate scarring are possible, and healing time for incisions may take longer.  The good thing about liposuction scars is that they are usually strategically placed so as to be hidden from plain sight, like below the bikini line, and the majority of them fade with time.

After the Liposuction Surgery

When you get your treatment, your doctor should fill you in on the basic healing process.  Aside from following doctor’s orders, you’ll want to treat the incision wounds the same way you would treat any other wound. This means keeping the area clean and sterile. Medical paper tape, which is usually applied after the surgery, can be used on open wounds. Paper tape is relatively inexpensive and can be reapplied if it becomes dirty or otherwise needs replacing. This tape is said to simulate wound healing and can help in the reduction of liposuction scars

Once the wound has closed up, studies suggest one of the best ways to reduce the appearance of post-surgical scarring is to dress the healed liposuction scar with silicone sheeting. While many doctors still recommend using topical ointments and gels, the jury is still out on which is truly more effective. The added benefit of silicone sheeting is that the pressure of the sheeting on the scar tissue helps to flatten the liposuction scar. For instances where the scar is more visible or where the patient is not wanting to draw added attention by the extended use of bandaging, topical ointments are the best alternative. Some doctors may recommend applying Retin A to the scar tissue, but Mederma and Neosporin are also effective in quickening fresh scar reduction.

Once the wound has healed and is no longer sore to the touch, or easily reopened, some doctors suggest gently massaging the fresh tissue. This is said to help break up the tissue and generate blood flow to the area to aid in the healing process. It is still a good idea to make sure you’ve washed your hands with antibacterial soap before attempting this, just in case you come to find the wound is still not entirely healed and accidentally reopens.

Treating Old Liposuction Scars

If a prominent or unsightly liposuction scar develops despite your best efforts to prevent it, there are other options to help reduce it’s appearance. Laser scar removal can be an excellent option for scar reduction. Using this technique, medical technicians burn off small layers of the scar’s tissue, enabling them to resurface and reshape the tissue to help make it less noticeable. Another option is to get dermal filler injected to help even out the contour of the scar so that it blends in with surrounding skin better. Steroid injections can also be effective in this way. A chemical peel is another option that is said to be effective in evening out the skin’s pigmentation and smoothing the surface.

It’s always best to try and prevent the worsening of liposuction scars before they develop, but if you have found yourself unsatisfied with your procedure due to unsightly scarring, there are many treatment options available to you. As always, it’s best to consult with a doctor about your options and follow their guidelines in order to achieve the best possible results.

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