Risk of Scarring
Certain risk factors outside of your control influence how well you will heal and minimising scarring. So it is helpful to know what they are before undergoing any procedures where the potential for scarring exists.
Minimise post surgical scars
To minimising scars first, wear your support garment and keep dressings in place. Second, limit movement as much as possible to avoid injuries that could worsen the healing process. Third, there are some vitamins and supplements you may want to consider taking before or during recovery time – vitamin E is one of them! Fourth and finally, limit sun exposure so scars can heal more quickly.
Wear support garments and keep your scars dressed.
- Wear a supportive bra and then wear the recommended compression garment.
- Keep your scars covered with bandages or dressings (avoid rubbing).
- Limit movement as much as possible, especially in areas where there are scars. Avoid activities that pull on your skin like stretching, sneezing, coughing and heavy lifting.
- Don’t do anything that pulls on the scars, such as heavy lifting or any repetitive bending.
- Be careful with your stitches: don’t pick at them and be gentle when changing dressings (if you have to).
- Avoid excessive stretching like yoga poses that are in direct contact with scars.
- Dress appropriately for work.
Post-op scar management
If you have scars that are more than a year old, then it is likely they will not improve with scar revision. However, if your scars are less than 12 months old and the skin type is compatible (skin colour, thickness) there may be an improvement in appearance following surgery.
The key to good post-op scar management is doing all or any of the following:
- Keep scars moisturised with a good quality oil or cream.
- Massage scars daily for at least 5 minutes.
- Avoid heavy creams that block the skin and inhibit healing. This includes thick night creams, oily makeup and sunscreen.
- Consider using silicone gel sheeting to help improve scars.
- Wear your support garment as much as possible for at least 12 weeks after.
Limit sun exposure after surgery on our scars
Sun exposure is a major culprit in the development of scars. UV rays can cause hyperpigmentation, leading to discolouration and uneven skin tone. So it’s important that you protect your scars from being overexposed to the sun for extended periods.
Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
How to Book a Consultation
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general information only. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.