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CONSULTATION & PREPARING FOR SURGERY

During your consultation be prepared to discuss:
• Your surgical goals 
• Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
• Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs use
• Previous surgeries
Your surgeon will also:
• Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
• Examine your scar in detail
• Take photographs 
• Discuss your scar revision options 
• Recommend a course of treatment
• Discuss likely outcomes of scar revision surgery and any risks or potential complications
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
 Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
 Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
 Stop smoking 
 Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Scar revision surgery may be performed in your plastic surgeon’s office using only local anesthesia. If your scarring is more significant and sedation or general anesthesia is also necessary for you to be comfortable during the procedure, it may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, an ambulatory surgical facility or a hospital. If you do require sedation or general anesthesia, you will need another adult to drive you home and stay with you for the first night following the procedure. 

……..Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions. It’s very important to understand all aspects of your scar revision procedure. It's natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

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