Expert Tips on Caring for Plastic Surgery Scars

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Undergoing plastic surgery can be a transformative experience, but it often comes with concerns about scarring. At Beverly Hills Center, renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Ben Talei utilizes advanced techniques to minimize scarring, ensuring patients receive the best possible aesthetic outcomes. However, proper scar care post-surgery is crucial for minimizing the visibility of scars. Here, we share expert tips on how to care for your plastic surgery scars effectively and lessen their permanent appearance.

1. Follow Post-Operative Instructions Carefully

The first and most critical step in scar management is following Dr. Talei’s post-operative instructions meticulously. These tailored guidelines are designed to help your wounds heal properly and reduce the risk of excessive scarring. This includes keeping the surgical area clean, avoiding strenuous activities, and following specific care instructions for dressings or topical treatments.

2. Keep the Scar Moisturized and Covered

Keeping your scar moisturized and protected is vital in the healing process. Dr. Talei recommends using silicone-based scar gels or sheets, which have been shown to reduce scar thickness and discoloration. Apply the gel or adhere the sheet according to the product instructions or Dr. Talei’s advice. Additionally, keeping the scar covered, especially from the sun, is crucial as UV exposure can darken the scar, making it more noticeable. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect the area when exposed to sunlight.

3. Gentle Massage

Once the wound has healed and Dr. Talei gives the go-ahead, gentle massage can be beneficial for scar management. Massaging the scar helps to break down the scar tissue and can promote better healing. Use a gentle, circular motion with your fingers or a silicone scar sheet. This should be done several times a day for a few minutes to help flatten and soften the scar.

4. Stay Hydrated and Maintain a Healthy Diet

Hydration and nutrition play a crucial role in skin health and healing. Staying hydrated helps maintain skin elasticity, while a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports the body’s repair process. Focus on consuming foods high in vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can all contribute to scar healing.

5. Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol Consumption

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impede the healing process and worsen scarring. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, reducing oxygen and nutrient flow to the healing area, while alcohol can lead to dehydration and poor wound healing. For optimal scar healing, it is advisable to avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake.

Choose an Experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon in Beverly HIlls

While Dr. Ben Talei at Beverly Hills Center employs advanced surgical techniques to minimize the appearance of scars, patient involvement in post-surgery care is essential for optimal results. By following these expert tips—adhering to post-operative instructions, keeping the scar moisturized and protected, gently massaging the area, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and avoiding harmful habits—patients can significantly reduce the visibility of plastic surgery scars.

If you have concerns or questions about scar care following your procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Talei and the team at Beverly Hills Center for personalized advice and support.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Ben Talei

Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 S Spalding Dr, #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 288-0641


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