shutterstock_197643983(1)No matter what the reason for your surgical procedure, either medical or cosmetic, it is important to understand the risks that accompany any surgery. Even with the best plastic surgeon on board, every surgery has potential risks. These risk include the effects of anesthesia, infection and extensive scarring. There are many reasons that one person may be more susceptible to scarring than another – but there are also ways to improve your chances against scarring.

Before you make the decision to undergo any surgical procedure it is important to discuss your entire health history with your surgeon. This will allow him to determine if you have any predisposition to excessive scarring. Be sure to also share a list of any supplements and vitamins you are taking, non-prescription as well. These substances may also affect the quality of your surgical outcome.

Conditions such as age, race and heredity all determine your risk for scarring. For example African American patients are more likely than Caucasian patients to form keloid scars on the surface of the skin. Additionally, older patients have likely lost elastin in their skin over time, which makes it more likely to scar. Finally, you should also quit smoking or using any other tobacco products prior to your surgery and during your recovery period.

Larger incisions are more likely to scar than smaller incisions. If you are concerned that you are likely to scar after your surgery be sure to discuss the procedure with Dr. Garcia. He may be able to recommend a relocation of your incisions if you are worried about excessive scarring.

To learn more about ways you can help improve your surgical outcome and reduce your chances for scarring, contact Dr. Julio Garcia today.