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After open abdominal surgery do any precautions at home or over-the-counter products help reduce visible scars?

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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Silicone strips or tape (mepiform is one brand) works very well and can be left in place for 3 weeks at a time.
Massage, compression also help. The healing process takes a year or more so be committed to working on it for a while.

In brief: Yes

Silicone strips or tape (mepiform is one brand) works very well and can be left in place for 3 weeks at a time.
Massage, compression also help. The healing process takes a year or more so be committed to working on it for a while.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Ernest Block
Also: do not smoke or use tobacco, avoid sun exposure. I also recommend silicone products although topical vitamin E may help. However, check with you surgeon first.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Scars

Scars are permanent but several things can be done to help them fade better. Avoid sun.
Massage scars. Topical silicone sheets or gel. These are the most effective. Keep in mind that it takes a full year for a scar to mature and you can and should do above for that time.

In brief: Scars

Scars are permanent but several things can be done to help them fade better. Avoid sun.
Massage scars. Topical silicone sheets or gel. These are the most effective. Keep in mind that it takes a full year for a scar to mature and you can and should do above for that time.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Keeping paper tape

On it is easy & cheap.
Silicone- backed products and mederma. Massage and keep sun off of it.

In brief: Keeping paper tape

On it is easy & cheap.
Silicone- backed products and mederma. Massage and keep sun off of it.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Abdominal scarring

Great question. No definitive answer is available.
Avoiding wound tension is one of the most important measures. To that end, i prefer the ease and practicality of paper tape 24x7 for 6 weeks, if possible (hair or open wound precludes). Silastic gel sheeting is probably next on the option list; if not possible silicone ointments are an option but not fully efficacious. High spf sunblocks advised.

In brief: Abdominal scarring

Great question. No definitive answer is available.
Avoiding wound tension is one of the most important measures. To that end, i prefer the ease and practicality of paper tape 24x7 for 6 weeks, if possible (hair or open wound precludes). Silastic gel sheeting is probably next on the option list; if not possible silicone ointments are an option but not fully efficacious. High spf sunblocks advised.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Scar massage is very important.
Silicone applied to scars will also improve their appearance. I recommend scar guard as well because it has liquid silicone and a small amount of steroid to minimize scars.

In brief: Yes

Scar massage is very important.
Silicone applied to scars will also improve their appearance. I recommend scar guard as well because it has liquid silicone and a small amount of steroid to minimize scars.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Scars

It has been proven that if you massage the wound daily with simply olive oil or other natural substance like cocoa butter cand decrease the amount of scarring.
It requires dedication. You can do this 5-10 minutes everyday. Massage in one direction then perpendicular to initial direction.

In brief: Scars

It has been proven that if you massage the wound daily with simply olive oil or other natural substance like cocoa butter cand decrease the amount of scarring.
It requires dedication. You can do this 5-10 minutes everyday. Massage in one direction then perpendicular to initial direction.
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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Dr. Robert Stroup
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Silicone gel or vitE

Vitamin e oil or a silicone gel scar-fading product (such as mederma) applied topically can often speed up the scar maturation process, but it will still take at least 6 months.
So be patient!

In brief: Silicone gel or vitE

Vitamin e oil or a silicone gel scar-fading product (such as mederma) applied topically can often speed up the scar maturation process, but it will still take at least 6 months.
So be patient!
Dr. Robert Stroup
Dr. Robert Stroup
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In brief: It depends

It depends on what kind of surgery you had, what kind of incision was made and how it was closed.
In general, no products have been proven to diminish visible scars, but some options do exist.

In brief: It depends

It depends on what kind of surgery you had, what kind of incision was made and how it was closed.
In general, no products have been proven to diminish visible scars, but some options do exist.
Dr. Eugene Rubach
Dr. Eugene Rubach
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