Getting a incision to look fantastic after surgery is a combination of several factors:
a) proper placement of the incision
b) tidy suture closure, done in multiple layers
c) avoidance of tension
d) … and a little bit of luck.
Recently, we’ve been using a new product at our office – and I wanted to share the early results with you. It’s a special dressing, called “Embrace”, made by a start-up company called Neodyne. Two plastic surgeons, Michael Longacre and Geoff Gurtner, are the brains behind the outfit. (I know Geoff from surgical residency days.)
The dressing is a stretchy silicone material that is placed across the incision in the stretched position, then attached. As the dressing retracts, it reduces the tension on the incision. And when worn for 8 weeks after surgery, this off-loading of the tension not only causes less widening of the scar, it results in less thickening and a better cosmetic appearance. This has been proven in several studies.
We’ve been recommending this dressing on all of our recent tummy tucks and body lift procedures. And the early results have been impressive – it really works. The people who use this product are seeing significant cosmetic improvements.
Here are some photos from the company – these are very similar to the results we are seeing. The untreated scar is on the left, and the treated scar – from the same patient – is on the right.