How Soon After Plastic Surgery Can You Get Scar Revision?

After you have plastic surgery on your face, breasts, or body, you will need to be patient and take some time off from work, social activities, and your fitness routine.

A noticeable scar is one thing that can detract from the delight you feel from your surgical results. You can minimize your risk of scarring by thoroughly caring for your wounds after surgery.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss will send you home to recover with detailed instructions to help you avoid infection and other complications and to care for your incision to cause any scarring to heal nearly invisibly.

Looking After the Wound at the Surgery Center

Dr. Dreyfuss will complete your surgery by bandaging the incisions. He will ensure there are no signs of infection and that the wound will adequately close. Surgical sutures will keep the cut tissue together at the incision site.

When you return for your follow-up visit, it is wise to watch your surgical team change the dressing. With detailed observation, you’ll learn how to correctly rebandage the area at home. In addition, seeing your incision early in the healing process will let you know if the wound is better or worse during the later stages of recovery.

How to Take Care of the Incision at Home

While you are at his surgical facility, Dr. Dreyfuss and his team will take excellent care of you. But once you are at home, this responsibility falls on you. Before leaving our surgery center, ask how often the bandages need changing and instructions on how to do it correctly.

It’s vital to check the incision when you change the dressing, track the healing process, and determine if it is healing properly. Also, check if the wound has reopened or if there are any signs of infection.

Never remove any scabs that form over the wound during recovery, as these protect the injury. In addition, picking or peeling the scab can lead to more visible scarring.

Scar Revision in Chicago

Dr. Dreyfuss performs scar revision in Orland Park to minimize surgical or superficial scarring. He will recommend a surgical or non-surgical solution according to what is best for your situation.

Our advanced CO2 laser treatment, CoolPeel, is an excellent non-surgical scar revision treatment. It allows Dr. Dreyfuss to deliver smooth, even skin without the massive undertaking of other ablative lasers.

It’s best to wait at least one year after plastic surgery to seek a scar revision treatment. If the scarring is thin and red, the discoloration will fade to match the surrounding skin as the scar matures, and there is no need for scar revision. But if the scar edges are uneven, wide, or mismatched, these features will not improve with time, and you may seek a revision treatment.

To learn more about scar revision, schedule your consultation with Dr. David Dreyfuss in Orland Park today!