Do’s and Don’ts of Scar Treatment*

Increasing numbers of people are turning to plastic surgery to enhance their appearance, but some worry that scars may detract from their new and improved look. Incisions are often necessary to access the underlying tissue and make alterations or add implants, making scarring an inevitable part of most surgeries.* However, new research and technologies are allowing for scar treatment that makes scars virtually invisible. Here are the do’s and don’ts of scar treatment.*

Don’t: Apply Hydrogen Peroxide or Vitamin E*

While hydrogen peroxide used to be a go-to for wound treatment, research has revealed that it actually harms the new skin cells that are trying to grow.* A study in the official publication for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery also found that the topical application of Vitamin E does not improve but can actually be detrimental to the cosmetic appearance of scars.*

Don’t: Go in the Sun*

The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays increase healing time and can cause dark discolorations.* If you must go in the sun, cover your scars with clothing or wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more.*

Do: Apply Antibiotic Ointment*Band aid and antibiotic ointment on white background

An antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, will prevent infections that can hinder healing and keep the wound moist to aid healing.*

Do: Cover a Wound*

A bandage will provide a moist environment so that a hard scab does not form and obstruct the formation of new tissue.*

Do: Put Pressure on the Wound*

Compression garments, bandages, and silicone sheeting that put pressure on the wound will help it become level with the rest of the skin and prevent a raised scar.*

Do: Talk to Your Doctor*

If you still have noticeable scarring, ask your doctor about intralesional steroids, oral antihistamines, and hydrogel sheeting to further improve scars. There are also a variety of topical medicines that can be prescribed to improve scars. New technologies have allowed for the development of fractional and pulsed-light laser treatments that can dramatically reduce the appearance of both new and old scars as well.*

Do: Visit Dr. Mendieta for Your Surgeries*

For those concerned with the appearance of scars, Dr. Mendieta offers a variety of procedures that will result in little to no scarring.* Dr. Mendieta commonly performs breast augmentation using the transumbilical method (TUBA), which utilizes an incision within the navel and results in no visible scarring.* Fat grafting can also provide enhancement to the buttocks with minimal scars in that area.* For all of his procedures, Dr. Mendieta attempts to place any necessary incisions in inconspicuous locations. Most scars will fade over time.*

Dr. Constantino G. Mendieta is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is a member of both The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). To schedule a consultation with our Miami surgeon, please call (305) 860-0717 or fill out our online consultation form.

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