Because of the possibility that your scar may naturally improve with time, your plastic surgeon may recommend that you wait for awhile (a year or so) before undergoing scar revision procedures. Your scar may diminish in size and severity on its own during that time period.
To make your scar revision consult a success, plan on discussing the following information with your doctor:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
Your plastic surgeon will also:
- Examine your scar in detail
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your treatment options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes and any risks or potential complications
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
You will be given specific instructions that may include: how to care for yourself following a non-surgical scar reduction procedure or surgical scar revision, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.
You will have the opportunity to discuss all of your questions and concerns with your doctor. We pride ourselves on creating a comfortable, professional and confidential environment for each of our patients.