For any one that is about to undergo cosmetic surgery, "incisions" and "scars" are exceedingly important. Dr. Adam Basner knows this and realizes that regardless the scope or size of a cosmetic surgery procedure, patients are just as concerned about how the incisions will look and how large of a scar will be left behind. This is most especially true when it comes to any facial cosmetic surgery.
When a patient comes to us at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, they will have a consultation with Dr. Basner that will include discussing not only what procedure they are considering, but the expectations they have as well, including the incision and the scar. A patient should expect to have a cosmetic procedure performed and there not be any mark on the skin at all left behind.
When you look at the big picture, you realize that plastic surgery is actually creating a wound with the incision. Regardless if a wound is accidental or intentional as in a cosmetic procedure, it will create a scar. However, a scar can be minimized when the wound is planned and a minimal incision is made, as with cosmetic surgery by professionals such as Dr. Basner.
A scar is in reality is an incision that did not heal properly and has become evident. It is likewise crucial to take note that "scars" are subjective. Everyone has a different view on scars. One person may regard a "scar" dramatic while it may be a non-issue for another.
The first important rule to know about scars is to decrease the amount of scarring and emphasize the healing of the incision, you must follow the wound care as prescribed by Dr. Basner. Immediately after your cosmetic surgery is done. You will be instructed to limit your activity and motion for a period of time, depending on the procedure you have and your own physical being. No two patients are the same and you shouldn't expect to return to the tennis court as quick as your neighbor did, even though you may. Following Dr. Basner's instructions will prevent you from re-traumatizing your incision and delay the healing.
Some patients will be prescribed an antibiotic by Dr. Basner before their cosmetic procedure. This is to minimize any possible infection before and after your cosmetic procedure. You will receive instructions on cleaning your incision with an antiseptic, Most patients are recommended to use an antibiotic ointment as well. An additional benefit to using an antibiotic ointment is it is also an emollient and will help your incision to heal faster.
Dr. Basner will instruct you to limit your exposure to the sun or any UV rays for a period of time as well. The sun's UV rays and other UV radiation, such as tanning beds, can cause damage to healing incisions. A sunburn or tan will slow the healing process and may cause permanent dark area around the incision, making it noticeable. The best recommendation is to stay out of the sun, but if you are going to be in the sun, sunscreen of >30 SPF should be used for the first six months after your cosmetic surgery.
After your incision heals and Dr. Basner has removed your sutures, optimize the collagen of your skin for best results. Collagen is the ingredient of normal, healthy skin that keeps is pliable and soft. There are many products on the market for optimizing your collagen. Dr. Basner and the staff at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland can make suggestions of products and answer any questions you may have regarding before, during and after your surgery.
If a cosmetic surgery procedure is something you've thought about but aren't sure, give us a call today for your consultation* with Dr. Basner. Revealing the beauty in you is our goal.