As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin which causes a loss of volume. This is made worse by accumulative lifestyle factors such as sun damage, environmental exposure, and smoking.
Some complexions are more likely to scar than others. Darker skin tones are more prone to keloid or hypertrophic scars. However, scarring may be more noticeable on fairer skinned individuals.
It goes without saying a small incision will leave a small scar, while a large incision will leave a large scar. The longer it takes your incisions to heal, the greater chance for scarring.
Sometimes healing can come down to genetics and your own body. Some people heal faster than others, while others may experience delayed healing.
Follow your post-operative care, do not use products that have not been recommended.
Recommended Scar Therapy Timeline
0 - 6 Weeks
After surgery, patients will usually be given a special tape called MICROPORE. This tape should be used after the last scheduled dressing change appointment. It is important to keep the incisions taped until six weeks post-operatively to prevent infection and help support the surgical incision – which will reduce scarring.
6 Weeks - 3 Months
- For larger incisions, we recommend MEDISIL silicone tape. This tape is reusable and can be worn continuously for two weeks at a time. Use continuously for three months. This is particularly important for patients who have had a breast lift or a procedure with a larger surgical incision. Not only will it help scarring, but it will help support the areola and prevent re-stretching.
- For smaller incisions, we recommend Strataderm Scar Gel. We recommend this product for patients who have had a straight-forward breast augmentation or patients who are unable to use MEDISIL.
3 Months - 1 Year
Use a good quality moisturiser over the incisions to keep the skin hydrated (we do not recommend bio oil). Avoid sun exposure. It will take approximately one year for the scars to fully heal and fade.