The choice to undergo surgery is never taken lightly. After all, surgery is a commitment of time and money, not to mention the trust you place in the surgeon to ensure that the results turn out as you expected. As a result, if you do elect to have surgery, you may have some concerns regarding the process. A common question from patients is, “Can I do anything to minimize surgical scarring?” Here is what we recommend:
Choose a Skilled Surgeon
The first step in minimizing surgical scarring is choosing a surgeon who is experienced in placing incisions. Although scarring is a natural part of surgery, with a skilled doctor at the helm, you can trust that your incisions will be placed in the least noticeable locations. For example, when performing a tummy tuck, Dr. Leverett places the incision low enough so as to be covered by underwear or a bikini. Our patients find this helpful, as it makes concealing any scarring fairly easy and stress-free.
Properly Care for Your Incision
Even with a skilled surgeon, scars are likely to develop. However, by properly treating your incision post-surgery, you can help minimize the appearance of scars. This means that it is important to follow your post-surgical recommendations carefully, keeping the incision site clean, and being mindful of the guidelines provided. A common issue amongst patients is stressing the incision as a result of lifting or bending, so be sure to make arrangements in advance so you will have the proper time to rest and avoid any strenuous activities.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Ultimately, scarring is a part of the incision healing process, so to ensure that your body heals as easily and quickly as possible, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key. Smoking increases the risk of scarring and slows healing, so if you do smoke, you will want to refrain from doing so before and after your procedure. Alcohol can dehydrate the body, so in addition to avoiding alcoholic beverages, be sure to stay well hydrated throughout the day. Proper nutrition is another element of keeping yourself well and supporting proper incision healing.
We are Here to Help
If you have any questions regarding wound healing or are curious about our services, our team is more than ready to help. At Body by Leverett, we have assisted countless patients with a smooth and easy recovery experience that focuses on minimizing surgical scarring. Our practice is convenient for patients in Phoenix, Chandler and the surrounding Arizona communities. Simply contact us to get started.