If the fear of unsightly scars has made you reluctant to undergo a surgical procedure, you should know that there are some very effective measures you can take to promote good healing.
It’s imperative that you don’t smoke or use any nicotine products. These hinder the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, which is essential in the blood supply for good healing.
Keeping wounds clean and completely shielding them from the sun is also a must. Bacteria of any kind can promote infection, and sun exposure can cause wounds to heal with darkened or thickened scars.
Finally, avoid tension. Silicone tapes are great for keeping a wound closed, reinforcing the wound and surrounding skin from any stretching. For larger wounds, such as the kind that results from a tummy tuck, injections of a denervating agent like Botox have been shown to help reduce tension on wounds, minimizing the risk of wide scars.
While how well you’ll heal is largely unpredictable, following these steps can give you a better shot at less apparent scars.
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