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What are the best ways to promote scar healing after cosmetic surgery?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Before/during/after!

The entirety of the care delivered will effect scar. This includes age, associated medical diseases, history of tobacco use, nutritional status as well as surgical technique and skill will effect the ultimate scar appearance in addition to post operative measures such as well optimal tissue oxygenation, blood pressure, swelling, wound tension, wound care, timing of suture removal & close follow up.

In brief: Before/during/after!

The entirety of the care delivered will effect scar. This includes age, associated medical diseases, history of tobacco use, nutritional status as well as surgical technique and skill will effect the ultimate scar appearance in addition to post operative measures such as well optimal tissue oxygenation, blood pressure, swelling, wound tension, wound care, timing of suture removal & close follow up.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Time is essential

Any wound, whether surgical or from trauma, takes time to heal.
The scar will go though different phases of wound healing that all take time to complete. The best things you can do to promote healing is eat a good, high-protein diet, apply moisturizer or other hydrating scar creams, and avoid uv or sun exposure without using a broad spectrum sunscreen with spf > 30.

In brief: Time is essential

Any wound, whether surgical or from trauma, takes time to heal.
The scar will go though different phases of wound healing that all take time to complete. The best things you can do to promote healing is eat a good, high-protein diet, apply moisturizer or other hydrating scar creams, and avoid uv or sun exposure without using a broad spectrum sunscreen with spf > 30.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. Stephen A. Pap
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Various options

While every patient scars differently, and genetics has a huge role in what kind of scarring is produced, various options exist to help healing.
Gentle massage and pressure over the healing scar, especially when in the shower, has been shown to help. There are a number of products on the market that promise “no scar”, but none of these are definitively proven to work in everyone, all the time.

In brief: Various options

While every patient scars differently, and genetics has a huge role in what kind of scarring is produced, various options exist to help healing.
Gentle massage and pressure over the healing scar, especially when in the shower, has been shown to help. There are a number of products on the market that promise “no scar”, but none of these are definitively proven to work in everyone, all the time.
Dr. Stephen A. Pap
Dr. Stephen A. Pap
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No smoking

I forgot to add to my previous answer that you need to avoid smoking and tobacco in all it's forms.

In brief: No smoking

I forgot to add to my previous answer that you need to avoid smoking and tobacco in all it's forms.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Good health habits

Good hygiene, nutrition, avoidance of tobacco products including secondhand, tight control of diabetes, following your surgeons instructions closely, avoid traumatizing area, avoid other sources of infection, stay well hydrated and get light exercise to enhance your circulation.

In brief: Good health habits

Good hygiene, nutrition, avoidance of tobacco products including secondhand, tight control of diabetes, following your surgeons instructions closely, avoid traumatizing area, avoid other sources of infection, stay well hydrated and get light exercise to enhance your circulation.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery

In brief: Scar Management

http://drnichter.com/best-scar-management/

In brief: Scar Management

http://drnichter.com/best-scar-management/
Dr. Larry Nichter
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. James Hargan
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Several things

Nutrition! increase protein, high whole vitamin c, keep wound moist with doctor recommended ointment at all times.
No smoking. Zinc. Recommend organic superfruits potent anti inflammatories ( youshi guo).

In brief: Several things

Nutrition! increase protein, high whole vitamin c, keep wound moist with doctor recommended ointment at all times.
No smoking. Zinc. Recommend organic superfruits potent anti inflammatories ( youshi guo).
Dr. James Hargan
Dr. James Hargan
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology

In brief: First, make sure...

...That the wound edges do not have too much tension on them. (a good cosmetic surgeon will make sure there is not, but ask anyway.
) keep the incision(s) clean and dry. (infections are a major cause of bad scarring.) applying a silicone "scar sheet" (available otc at most pharmacies) at bedtime may help as well, although evidence for this is not entirely convincing.

In brief: First, make sure...

...That the wound edges do not have too much tension on them. (a good cosmetic surgeon will make sure there is not, but ask anyway.
) keep the incision(s) clean and dry. (infections are a major cause of bad scarring.) applying a silicone "scar sheet" (available otc at most pharmacies) at bedtime may help as well, although evidence for this is not entirely convincing.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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