Hi Saffronseed, I had DIEP flap in 2006, followed by reduction 2007 to my 'good' boob, along with revision op to lower tummy to even out the wavy uneven tummy I'd been left with from DIEP op, I had my hip to hip scar reopened during this op, and a little bit of upper end below belly button was removed so I got lovely even flat tummy in the end.
I ended up with areas of raised thick scar tissue, including around recon breast but I declined using steroid cream, as my BS warned me it can cause thinning of skin. I opted instead to use Bio oil (Primark sell it at the mo for £5.20, which is very cheap), I massaged it into all my scars twice a day, and within a few weeks, they had begun to fade. Even the raised thicker scars were much flatter. My scars are barely visible now, and my skin is soft. I still use it once a day, its also a good all body moisturizer.
Was recommended to me by fellow mastectomy patient in same hosp ward as me.
Worth a try anyway.
Wishing you a good recovery 🙂