Cosmetic Surgery and IPL Scars

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Just because a surgical procedure was elective does not mean that it should not be done properly and with due care for the health and safety of the patient.

Cosmetic Surgery and IPL ScarsIf you decide to pursue cosmetic surgery, you’ll probably have your choice of cosmetic surgeons. Choose one who specializes in the procedure you’d like to have done and is certified in the specialty by a board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Beware of misleading certifications from unrecognized or self-designated boards. If you’ll be having a procedure that requires general anesthesia, be sure that the operating facility has been accredited by a national or state-recognized accrediting agency, such as The Joint Commission, or is licensed by the state in which the facility is located.

When you’ve narrowed your choice of surgeons, schedule a consultation — or multiple consultations with different surgeons. The surgeon will evaluate the part of your body that you want treated, and you’ll share your medical history, list any medications you’re taking, and discuss your desires and expectations.

Questions to Ask the Doctor

During the initial consultation, ask the surgeon:

  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Why or why not?
  • Are there treatments other than surgery that might work just as well or better for me?
  • How many times have you done this procedure? What were the results?
  • Can you share before and after photos or diagrams to help me understand the procedure and the expected results?
  • Can the desired effect be accomplished in one procedure, or do you anticipate multiple procedures?
  • What are the surgical options? What are the pros and cons for each?
  • Will the results be permanent?
  • What type of anesthetic will be used? How will it affect me?
  • Will I be hospitalized? If so, for how long?
  • What are the possible complications?
  • How will my progress be monitored after surgery? What follow-up care will I need? How long of a recovery period can I expect?
  • How much will the procedure cost?

The closer you work with your surgeon to establish specific, measurable and achievable goals before surgery, the more likely you are to be satisfied with the results.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) is a common treatment use for skin blemishes. If IPL is not performed by someone who is skilled, trained and experienced, IPL can cause severe burning, hyperpigmentation, and permanent scarring.

The use of lasers and IPL has become prevalent in dermatology and aesthetic medicine. The increase in popularity and use of such equipment has been accompanied by a sharp increase in the number of reports of professional errors.

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