After my double mastectomy earlier in the year followed by reconstructive surgery, I had two long scars staring me in the face every time I looked in the mirror. I don’t have any tattoos and this was my first batch of surgeries, so the marks were a very new addition to my body – a representation of my strength and will to live, possible cancer genes be warned.
To me, scars are like battle wounds. Beautiful, in a way. They represent what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out on the other side. I don’t wish them away, but I’d like them to heal in the best way possible. Enter Embrace Scar Therapy treatment.
I’d heard of this treatment previously, and my plastic surgeon is even well-versed on the product. I trust him wholeheartedly, so if he was into it, I was into it. I ultimately decided on the medium Embrace dressing for a 3-month treatment resulting in lighter, thinner, flatter scars. The ideal treatment window is 1-4 weeks after suture removal for a 8-week treatment plan. Since I was about 9 weeks out from my surgery date, Embrace recommended a 12-week treatment plan for me. I totally respect how they treat every patient as an individual instead of giving everyone the same plan.
I began my treatment on the evening of September 14th, peeling open my very first dressings that I’d leave on each breast for 10 days at a time. In the beginning, I was really nervous how the applications would affect my workouts (hot yoga, for example, can get very sweaty). Turns out, the medical grade adhesive allowed everything to stay in place. My yoga, Orange Theory, spinning, running and everything that came in between could carry on as usual! These little dressings fit into my crazy lifestyle so seamlessly. Even on a month long trip through India and Sri Lanka, they maybe took up 0.1 lbs in my suitcase. Score!
The first time I removed the dressings, I noticed some redness which is common. Since it was the first time I had changed the dressings, I left them off for about 72 hours to let my skin breathe. During the remainder of the treatment my skin adjusted really well, and I could reapply after only 24 hours. Note that for the first removal, it helped immensely to be in the shower, slowly moving the strip upwards and rolling it backwards on itself. I bought baby oil that aided in taking off the lint that usually creates a dark edge around the dressings. I also bought tree oil to help with skin irritation after I removed the strips. I found both of these practices super helpful.
I love a before/after side-by-side, and I obviously can’t end this post without showing one of my own. If you look closely, in a non-creepy way, you can see how rigid my scars were when I started the treatment and how smooth they are now. The color of the incision has also lightened significantly!
So basically what I’m saying is my scars have come such a long way since September. The photos don’t do my results justice, but I’m really happy with the scars since they are much lighter and have healed faster. I definitely want to note that this treatment isn’t only for mastectomy patients though. Embrace has a few different products that can be used on anything from c-section scars to breast augmentations to cuts & lacerations and even have options depending on how new/old your scars are. I used Embrace Active Scar Defense, a preventative treatment for new scars less than 6 months old. For scars older than 6 months, Embrace Minimize helps to reduce the appearance of scarring. That being said, no matter where you are in the healing process, it’s great to know that there are options! This product really is for everyone who is in the healing process wishing to rid of their prominent scars.
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