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How to Minimize Scarring After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As you research gastric sleeve in Mexico, you are likely coming up with tons of questions. What is the process like? What will I eat once I am healed? And how will my body change?

That last one is a big one. After all, most people are motivated to seek weight loss surgery in Mexico due to a combination of worries about health and appearance. In addition to concerns about a trimmer figure and skin laxity, many people are also worried about noticeable gastric sleeve surgery scars. So, what should you expect after surgery, and how can you minimize scarring?

Visibility Varies Between Incision Types

Not all gastric sleeve surgery incisions are the same. In fact, there are three types you might have:

  • Single Incision Laparoscopic: Single-incision laparoscopic surgery requires one cut into the skin near the navel. This allows the scar to be hidden in the belly button.
  • Multi-Port Laparoscopic: With this approach, multiple small incisions are made to allow the surgical tools to enter the body and have a wider range of motion. While they are not all hidden, they are small, making them harder to notice.
  • Open Surgery: It is incredibly rare for sleeve gastrectomy to be an open surgery. However, when it is, it does leave a large scar starting around the center of the chest and continuing down the abdomen.

How gastric sleeve surgery works is the same no matter the incision type. But, depending on your aesthetic concerns, some approaches are better than others.

How to Minimize Sleeve Gastrectomy Scars

The most important step you can take to reduce the appearance of scars after gastric sleeve surgery is to follow your aftercare instructions well. This means cleaning them correctly, changing the dressings on schedule, and keeping the area dry.

However, this isn’t the only thing you can do. Other approaches include:

  • Resting After Surgery: Many patients jump back into daily activities too soon and injure the incision site.
  • Not Picking Scabs: You want your scabs to naturally fall off. Picking at them causes more and thicker scar tissue to develop.
  • Applying Vitamin E: While this must wait until the incision is closed, research indicates vitamin E can help reduce scarring.
  • Staying Hydrated: Fluids are essential to the healing process, and that includes your scar tissue. A well-hydrated body tends to develop less noticeable scars.
  • Keeping Out of the Sun: UV rays can cause scar tissue to become more pigmented, so stay out of the sun until you are fully healed.

For more information on gastric sleeve scars or the surgery in general, contact Dr. Jalil.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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