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I have recently had an accident (2 months ago) and have a very nasty scar on my face.

Question:

I have recently had an accident (2 months ago) and have a very nasty scar on my face. Should I come in for a consultation about this now or should I wait for it to heal more?

Answer:

For patients who have a scar on their face following an accident, we generally wait almost one year before we would consider surgical intervention. However, this is not an absolute recommendation as many patients have a problem from the scar that should be addressed sooner. For example, if the scar is very wide and based on our clinical impression, time will not be kind to the appearance of this, it is acceptable and recommended to begin intervention sooner. Additionally, laser abrasion or dermabrasion can assist in improving the appearance when employed earlier. For that reason, it is desirable to have an evaluation as soon as it is comfortably possible and then a recommendation and plan can be based on what is occurring at this particular time. Posted by Dr. Williams

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