As with any time one’s body is cut, cosmetic surgery will leave behind some scarring. Many times, Dr. Tavoussi can hide the incisions so that they will not be readily visible. For example, tummy tuck incisions are often hidden beneath the bikini line. However, for personal reasons, men and women will want to do their best to minimize scarring following a surgical procedure.
What Causes Scarring After Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
A scar is the formation of tissue after injury to the skin and underlying tissues. The amount of scarring is due to numerous factors, some of which the patient cannot control. Of course, a skilled surgeon is often better at preventing unsightly scarring than a less skilled surgeon is. However, a person’s age and genetics also come into play. Younger skin heals faster and better than older skin does because it has higher amounts of collagen, elastin and other tissues. Skin tone will also determine how well scars stay hidden because most scar tissue turns a silvery flesh-tone once it heals. Fair-skinned individuals may find that their scars stand out more than they do on those with darker skin tones.
Of course, patients at OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique in Newport Beach should follow Dr. Tavoussi’s post-op instructions for optimal healing. Depending on the type of surgery and the patient, he may prescribe an ointment for the incision, may give instructions about caring for the dressing or drains or may prescribe a compression garment or dressing. At the follow-up appointment, Dr. Tavoussi will inspect the incisions to ensure that they are healing quickly and safely.