It’s completely natural and understandable to be worried about potential scarring from your plastic surgery procedure. However, there is a multitude of ways that scarring can be minimized or even prevented after a cosmetic procedure. In the hands of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, scars can be reduced to the point where they’re barely perceptible, if not completely hidden from view.
Continue reading to learn more about the role incisions play in the surgical process, the advantages of choosing a specialist, and the different steps you can take to help minimize scars and achieve the natural results you will love.
Why Do Incision Techniques Matter?
Scars are your body’s way of protecting you and are a natural part of the healing process. With the right surgical approach and techniques, they can be minimized. Scar minimization starts with the incision made during your surgical procedure. Skilled plastic surgeons know precisely where to place incisions to make them as inconspicuous as possible.
For example, there are natural lines in our skin called tension lines that are the perfect location for concealing scars. By hiding them in these inconspicuous places, such as the hairline and the natural folds of the skin, experienced surgeons can camouflage incisions for ideal healing and aesthetic results.
Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Zochowski is known for strategically placing incisions, like using the body’s natural creases and placing them where they’ll most likely be covered by clothing.
Tips To Help Minimize the Appearance of Surgical Scars
Despite even the best efforts, sometimes incisions don’t heal as well as we expect. This can be due to several different reasons, including the integrity of your skin, how well you care for your incision post-surgery, and if your body can form small, inconspicuous scars.
To help minimize the appearance of plastic surgery scars, there are some things you can do to optimize your healing, including:
Wearing sun protection should always be a priority, especially when healing from plastic surgery. New scars are like fresh skin; they’re more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and can remain darker and more noticeable.
To prevent this from occurring, cover your scar with a sun protectant whenever you are in the sun. If you’re going to be in the sun for an extended period, you should reapply your sunscreen every few hours.
Follow Your Post-Operation Instruction for Wound Care
Dr. Zochowski is invested in your recovery and will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, drains, and skin after your operation. It’s essential to follow these instructions closely as they’re meant to prevent complications, including infections, that can lead to more noticeable scarring.
If you notice any discoloration, leaking, irritation, or inflammation around the incision in the first 3 months after your surgery, report it to Dr. Zochowski immediately.
Scars can often be treated using various non-surgical laser techniques, which can target the pigmentation of the skin and make scars less prominent. For example, Dr. Zochowski’s BBL (broad-band light) treatment dramatically reduces the appearance of scars from a plastic surgery procedure or acne.
BBL treatments are non-invasive and work by targeting the pigmentation in the skin using heat from hyper-focused light technology. There is minimal risk with this treatment, and recovery is a breeze.
Schedule Your Plastic Surgery with Dr. Christopher Zochowshi
Don’t let potential scars from plastic surgery keep you from achieving your aesthetic goals. You deserve to feel your most confident every day, and with Dr. Zochowski’s incredible surgical expertise, knowledge, and skill, you can look and feel like the best version of yourself. To learn more about surgical procedures offered at Zochowski Plastic Surgery or to schedule a personable consultation with us, call our office at (614) 490-7500 today!