How to Reduce Scars After Weight Loss Surgery 

Weight Loss Surgery Scars

Scars after weight loss surgery are inevitable. However, these scars can be minimized by choosing an experienced surgeon and following post-surgery recommendations.

How Do I Prevent Scars After Weight Loss Surgery?

While scars are an inevitable part of weight loss surgery, many patients do not know how to minimize scars after surgery. Here are some common mistakes you may make to minimize scars after weight loss surgery.

Dissolving scars before they heal

If you’ve chosen the right surgeon, he may use a new technique known as the hypodermic needle to dissolve the scar, which makes it less likely to heal. Most surgeons will tell you this, but it can be difficult to remember! In general, you don’t want to use a needle with sharp edges, sharp needles can cause bleeding, and they can accidentally break the skin during surgery and cause complications. Many patients, myself included, get very frustrated when they realize that one of the major mistakes they made after weight loss surgery was not dissolving the scar before it healed. This technique can leave scar tissue that doesn’t heal at all.

Other methods of dissolving scars

If you have an overactive skin drainage area, you may want to try other options before your surgeon takes the next step. You may also want to get a prescription for a pain medication to help minimize the pain.

Wearing scar-reduction pads under your clothes

I wear scar reduction pads under my clothes every day. This will make the skin between my elbow and wrist even shinier than it already is, thereby minimizing scar tissue and reducing the risk of infection. It also prevents the skin beneath the pads from becoming inflamed when they are touched by cold, moist things, which might exacerbate the underlying scars.

You may also want to try your hand at a different approach, such as wearing scar-reduction scarves under your clothing. These scarves will help the skin under the scar tissue stay thinner and more elastic, which will help it absorb some of the fat that is removed during surgery.

Pigmentation after weight loss surgery

After weight loss surgery, the skin that you lose from your body will become slightly darker than a natural tan. This will help avoid pilling, which can make it difficult to remove. It also means that you may have to wear a sunscreen lotion a few hours after weight loss surgery.

How To Help Reassure Patients After Weight Loss Surgery

There’s nothing wrong with reassuring a patient about their decision to undergo weight loss surgery. However, your tone should be light. Don’t emphasize this to your patients if they ask about it. Instead, it’s best to give them information about your procedure before you proceed, such as the type of recovery plan you will have, the cost of your procedure, and how long it will take. These details will reassure the patient that they are in the clear and will have no worries about losing more muscle, which will leave them feeling a lot stronger and more confident in the long run.

Don’t assume that when you tell someone that you will be having weight loss surgery that you mean they can safely go on a diet. You need to communicate that if you do that, it will make weight loss surgery more likely. If you do go on a diet, you will likely need to make changes to make it easier for you to lose the weight. It’s also worth discussing the possibility of a muscle loss procedure if you are feeling particularly frustrated with your weight and are looking for a way to make it go away.


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