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Minimize Scar Appearance
« on: November 14, 2006, 07:05:32 AM »
I am 5 days post op of both gynecomastia and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgeries.  Was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for cream (or other products) to help minimize the appearance of scarring.  

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Re: Minimize Scar Appearance
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2006, 03:09:20 PM »
vitamin E oil

Re: Minimize Scar Appearance
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2006, 07:33:24 AM »
How bad are the scars after an excision only surgery?

Is there any company currently working on making scars invisible?

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Re: Minimize Scar Appearance
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2006, 10:23:32 AM »
My PS told me aloe vera products... I guess that would include aloe vera cream, gel etc... I think gel would be best

Re: Minimize Scar Appearance
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2006, 01:43:19 AM »
when your skin is healed on the outside, use silicon sheets.  Not bed sheets, which is what I thought when I first read about them.  They are something you can buy online or at a drug store.  you tape it to the area and it makes your scar heal flat.  I guess scar tissue is not uniform if you look at it under a microscope.  These sheets somehow help the tissue heal in a more uniform pattern.  That is what makes the scar flat.  I would bet that your gyne scar is invisible in a few months.  You will not find one post here about someone 6 months out that is worried about a gyne scar.  mine is invisible.  the tummy tuck will leave a more visible scar, because it can't blend into anything like a nipple scar.  I would definately use the sheets to minimize that scar as much as possible.

Re: Minimize Scar Appearance
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2006, 06:37:11 AM »
How many days after surgery did you guys wait to start scar treatment?

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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2006, 02:37:04 PM »
My PS told me to wait until everything is closed up and dry...then to start using silicone sheeting.

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Re: Minimize Scar Appearance
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006, 08:01:42 PM »
I am 5 days post op of both gynecomastia and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgeries.  Was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for cream (or other products) to help minimize the appearance of scarring. 

I prefer to use a compression vest after gynecomastia surgery for many reasons explained on that link.  I use first stage compression, to protect tissues.  Second stage protection is for scars.  I also use  compression for my Tumescent Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty surgery.  Surgical technique is a major factor in Tummy Tucks.

Scars that heal under pressure are often much softer than scars without scar therapy or pressure.  I prefer to individualize the scar care and compression needs for each of my patients.  Such issues are better discussed with your doctor.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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