Having a scar can be an endearing trait and can be a good reminder of what you went through to get it; especially if you got it when you were younger. If, however, your scar has turned into more of a nuisance or an eyesore than a dinner conversation starter, then you may want to have it professionally removed by our staff at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester. Whether you are considering steroids, scar revision surgery, or Z-Plasty, we have a few things for you to know about. Let’s take a closer look.
A Consultation Is a Must
With most procedures that we perform at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, we recommend that patients come in beforehand for an initial consultation. Your consultation gives us plenty of time to assess your scar and decide what removal option will give you the best results. It’s during this time that you can ask questions, tell us what results you want, and address any concerns you have.
The Sun Is a No-NO
Both before and after your revision surgery or treatment, we encourage all of our patients to stay out of the sun. Why? The sun can cause your scar to darken, and if you have it surgically removed, it may darken any of the incision marks around your actual scar.
Depending on the type of scar revision treatment that you decide to go with, we may encourage you to stop smoking at least two weeks beforehand. Why? If you are undergoing surgery to get rid of your scar, smoking slows down your body’s ability to fight off infection and heal itself afterward which puts you at a greater risk for getting an infection afterwards.