Scar Treatment After TOP Surgery
Scarring is an inevitable result of any surgery. During FTM top surgery excess skin and tissue is removed and sometimes the nipple needs to be re-positioned. The size and location of the scars depend on the surgeon’s technique and how the body heals.
All Surgeries Leave Scars
Scars are fibrous tissue that replaces healthy skin that has been removed by burns, wounds, and surgery. Everyone heals differently and can be affected by genetics, age, skin color, and location.
The keyhole and peri-areolar incisions are less invasive than the double incision mastectomy surgery and result in less scarring. For the first 6 weeks after surgery, the scars will be the most prominent. It may take 12 to 18 months for them to flatten and fade.
Scars Can be Minimized
There are ways to help minimize scarring. Stop smoking if you smoke, the reduction of oxygen can greatly affect the healing process. Eat a healthy diet. Keep your scar protected from the sun for at least a year and use sunscreen when it can’t be avoided.
Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has his patients use silicon sheeting once the incisions have healed which help prevent the buildup of collagen. If undesired scarring should form, there are several treatments available that can make improvements, such as; laser scar removal, steroid injections, surgical scar revision, and microdermabrasion.
If you have been contemplating TOP surgery, call today (415) m898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado.
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