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How Should I Care for My Top Surgery Scars?

Accepting you are transgender or nonbinary and deciding to embrace your true gender identity is a life milestone with significant consequences. Understandably, many trans or NB people decide to have top surgeries to alleviate their gender dysphoria.

Though these procedures often result in scarring, patients feel this consequence pales in comparison to what they gain in terms of their body image and self-esteem. Scars are a natural part of the healing process. Factors such as your age, skin quality, and genetic disposition will also play a role in the likelihood of your scarring and what it could look like.

In Richmond, VA, you can work with expert plastic surgeons such as Dr. John Zinsser for your top surgery procedure. Dr. Zinsser and his team meet you wherever you are on your transition journey, providing a unique treatment approach for every patient to meet their realistic expectations.

Continue reading to learn more about top surgery scar minimization tips and treatments.

Eat the Right Nutrients and Wear Sunscreen

Be sure to eat a diet with enough zinc, protein, and vitamin C. These specific nutrients have proven to speed your body’s healing process, which may influence how quickly your scars fade. Keep your scars out of the sun for a year, and if you go outside, always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Consider Additional Scar Minimization Treatments

Your scars will fade over time and will be most visible within the first six weeks after your procedure. To learn about ways to minimize their appearance, ask about scar management techniques during your consultation.

If you hope to achieve optimal results, talk with your provider about additional scar minimization treatments to pursue after your top surgery, including microneedling.

Discuss Your Plans for Top Surgery at Zinsser Plastic Surgery

When you schedule your consultation at Zinsser Plastic Surgery, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of what techniques Dr. Zinsser will use for top surgery and the style of incisions that achieve these outcomes. Feel confident with your decision to pursue gender-affirming top surgery procedures at Zinsser Plastic Surgery. At a practice that prioritizes individualized approaches, we’ll always consider your specific needs for optimal results. Contact our team today to schedule your consultation at (804) 474-9805, or reach out to us online.