Best Candidates for Surgery

Making the Decision About Scar Revision Cosmetic Surgery

Many scars that appear large and unattractive at first may become less noticeable in time. Some scars can be treated with steroids to relieve symptoms such as tenderness and itching. Because of this, 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 the appearance of a scar, your first step should be to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lesavoy. The surgeon will examine you and discuss possible methods of treating your scar, risks and benefits involved and possible outcomes. Be frank in discussing your expectations with Dr. Lesavoy, and make sure they’re realistic. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have.

Insurance generally doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures. However, if scar revision surgery is performed to minimize scarring from an injury or to improve your ability to function, it may be at least partially covered by your insurance. Check your policy or call your carrier in order to be sure.
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