scar revision decision
Many scars that appear large and unattractive at first may become less
noticeable with time. Some can be treated with steroids to relieve symptoms such
as tenderness and itching. For these reasons, many plastic surgeons recommend
waiting as long as a year or more after an injury or surgery before you decide
to have scar revision.
If you're bothered by a scar, your first step should be to consult a
board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will examine you and discuss the
possible methods of treating your scar, the risks and benefits involved and the
possible outcomes. Be frank in discussing your expectations with the surgeon,
and make sure they're realistic. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or express
any concerns you may have.
Insurance usually doesn't cover cosmetic procedures. However, if scar revision
is performed to minimize scarring from an injury or to improve your ability to
function, it may be at least partially covered. Check your policy or call your
carrier to be sure.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
While scar revision is normally safe, there is always the possibility of
complications. These may include infection, bleeding, a reaction to the
anesthesia, or the recurrence of an unsightly scar.
You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and closely
following his or her advice, both before surgery and in follow-up care.