Tummy Tuck Scar Therapy Program
The Tummy Tuck Scar
In a tummy tuck procedure, an incision is most commonly made from one hip to another. Dr. Patronella carefully plans the location of the incision so that the resulting scar is concealed beneath the bikini line. To diminish the appearance of the scar, Dr. Patronella incorporates a scar therapy program into the postoperative care of his tummy tuck patients. The products in this regimen are designed to provide an optimal healing environment for the scar in order to soften its appearance. Read more about Dr. Patronella’ multitiered approach to minimizing the appearance of scars here.
Dr. Patronella's Scar Therapy Program
Careful attention to early incisional treatment and the resulting scar can make a dramatic difference in its appearance. At the conclusion of a procedure, Dr. Patronella places a waterproof wound glue on the incision to protect it from possible external contaminants. This glue remains protective for 4 weeks until it is removed. Upon the removal of this sealant, Dr. Patronella has his patients begin his Scar Therapy Program, a combination of products which is applied daily for 9 to 12 months until the scar appearance fades.
Tummy Tuck Scar Therapy Products
Retinol or Retin-A
Applied nightly to cleansed skin on the scar directly, a retinol product such as SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex is an exfoliant for the scar surface, reducing thickness and unwanted pigmentation. Retinol should not be used until the 6 week mark to reduce the chance of irritation. This product will often cause dryness with flaking and irritation, requiring supplemental moisturizers such as Vitamin E/Aloe. If the skin irritation is severe, discontinuation for a brief 2-3 day interval is required. Some patients will only tolerate an every other night application.
Applied nightly over the retinol, and in the morning over a moisturizer (Vitamin E/ aloe), silicone gel assists in flattening scars and sealing in natural oils to maintain skin hydration and conditioning.
Vitamin C/E in Silicone Carrier
A skin care product containing vitamins C and E, such as SkinMedica’s Vitamin C + E Complex, is a good alternative for those who are intolerant of retinol or as a substitute. Vitamin C acts as an exfoliant, reducing surface scar and pigmentation, while vitamin E is a conditioner/ moisturizer.
Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™
A blend of patented therapeutic ingredients clinically-proven to diminish scar appearance.
A strong bleaching agent, this product may be required in those patients who have a greater tendency to hyperpigment. This is commonly seen in darker skinned people (Blacks, Hispanics, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, etc.) and requires early attention to prevent hyperpigmentation.