Breast augmentation surgery is chosen for very personal reasons — among them to look and feel better. So, after successful surgery, it stands to reason that you’ll want to have as minimal scarring as possible. There is no getting away without scars. They are the byproducts of all surgeries. Here is some information you might find useful for healing those surgical scars:
A scar is broken-down, collagen-filled fibrous tissue the body fights to replace with new collagen at the same time the old collagen breaks down. In other words, it is what happens when the body is trying to heal itself. Ideally a scar should be flat with the same colouring as the skin. But sometimes they can become more pronounced hypertrophic or keloid scars.
No matter what type of scars you have, it is always important to treat breast augmentation scars with tenderness to minimize their appearance. Being proactive during the healing process is the best way to help your scars to become less obvious. The good news is that there are options you can use to help you to heal.
The medical community came out with silicone sheeting in the 1980s. Twenty cases where patients used silicone sheeting for healing showed an 85 per cent improvement in scarring when wearing the sheets for 12 hours each day. Ask your physician about this healing method. Most surgeons recommend wearing the sheeting starting at about two weeks after surgery and continuing the process for about two months.
Silicone gel is exactly what its name implies – a gel that is applied on scars like you’d apply polish to your nails. It’s thin and fast drying and applied a couple times a day. Its protective properties have worked wonders to minimize the look of scars.
This product’s main ingredient is the common onion. Onions are replete with bioflavinoids, which apparently help heal scars. Mederma has been known to work for some patients and not so much for others. But that is the same for any product. With the help of your surgeon, you’ll have to find what works best for you.
Scars seem to soften with the application of cortisone-based cream. Softening can often lead to the scars shrinking. Talk to your surgeon to see if this may be a choice for you. If so, follow their directions for application and the amount of time you should continue use.