Every plastic surgery patient’s goal is to have an appearance that makes them feel more confident and attractive, and while cosmetic procedures can usually achieve this goal, every surgery comes with scarring. The good news is that scars have varying sizes and degrees of severity, and keeping scars as minimal and hidden as possible is one of my primary focuses in every procedure. Scarring varies based on many factors including the type of procedure performed, and by scheduling a consultation you can learn how much scarring to expect based on your surgical goals. But for patients who want to minimize their scarring, these tips can help.
- Opt for a Band Aid procedure instead of a traditional plastic surgery.
The balance between aesthetic results and potential scarring is a consideration in every cosmetic surgery. That’s why I developed my Band Aid line of procedures—so that patients who prefer more natural results or need a smaller amount of improvement can achieve their goals with less scarring risk than a traditional procedure. For example, my Band Aid Facelift provides youthful results that are more targeted than a traditional facelift, and because it requires smaller, less invasive incisions, the procedure causes less scarring and can be performed in-office with gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia. At your consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals and whether a Band Aid procedure can provide results you’ll love or whether you would be happier with a more comprehensive procedure.
- Follow all surgical instructions carefully.
There are many factors that can affect how scars develop, including the way the incision is cared for during recovery. Your post-surgical instructions will contain information about applying any prescribed topical medications, changing and caring for your dressings, when you can resume various types of activity, and other details. Following these instructions carefully can minimize your scarring while also protecting your health and ensuring that you see the best possible results from your procedure.
- To improve scars after they’ve formed, consider non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Between cosmetic and health-related surgeries, accidents, and acne, facial scarring is a common problem, so many treatments have been developed. Depending on the depth and prominence of the scar, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing can be an effective way to reduce its appearance. This procedure sends columns of laser light into the skin, breaking up old scar tissue and causing your skin produce new collagen (the protein that makes the skin youthful and firm). As a result, existing scars become less noticeable and more smoothly blended into rejuvenated skin.
Every patient’s body responds differently to cosmetic surgery, based on the procedure and simply how their body heals. That’s why it’s so important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can appreciate and adjust for your specific needs. To learn more about achieving cosmetic results that can help you become your most beautiful and confident self, join the Dr. John LeRoy pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.