I believe that the closure of surgical incisions is one of the most important steps to reduce the appearance of scars. But, in addition to the technical aspects of a meticulous closure, the postoperative scar management process significantly affects the appearance of scars as well.
During my initial consultation with each patient, I do a thorough medical history and physical to understand any details about their health that may affect their results or the way that they heal. And depending on what procedure they ultimately decide to undergo, I make sure that all of my patients start a scar treatment regimen following surgery to ensure the best possible outcome. Embrace Active Scar Defense is a scar therapy system that I recommend to all of my patients because it is the only FDA cleared scar therapy system clinically proven to offload the tension around an incision by gently holding it together to prevent the formation of excess collagen. The tension involved in the body’s natural healing process is the primary cause of raised, visible scars. The most effective way to prevent scar formation is to reduce this tension immediately after an incision is closed. Treating scars within six months of an injury or a procedure presents the best opportunity to prevent scarring.
Embrace is a clear silicone dressing that reduces the tension, or pull, on the incision as well as stabilizes and protects the scar from movement that may result from clothing irritation or general activity. Embrace Scar Therapy is applied just once every 10 days. It can be worn during everyday activities, like showering or exercise, and is comfortable and discreet – something my patients appreciate as they are trying to heal.