Preparing for Your Appointment Regarding Scarring

Before your appointment regarding scarring, you can help your physician, dermatologist or cosmetic specialist successfully treat the scarred tissue with a little preparation.

Making Observations

Your medical professional will want to know when and how you got the wound or illness that caused the scarring (or the earliest you remember seeing the scar), as you won't be able to have your scars treated until they have completely healed. Wounds tend to heal completely several weeks after you are first injured. Your doctor will also want to know if you've noticed any changes in the scar, such as swelling, redness or tenderness long after the wound has healed.

The fresher the scar (after the initial healing period), the greater the chance of success your doctor will have in diminishing its appearance. However, you may be able to lighten the appearance of even old scars.

Getting Ready for the Appointment

The day of your appointment, refrain from wearing watches, jewelry, creams, ointments, perfumes or lotions so that your doctor will be able to easily access and treat the scars. Wash your skin with scent-free soap so as not to irritate it. Wear baggy, comfortable clothing that you can easily remove or roll up as necessary in order for your doctor to examine the scar. Do not tan or get tattoos near the area of the scar.

Scarring doesn't typically warrant medical attention on its own, but if you're concerned with the appearance of scars, you can seek cosmetic medical attention. Improving the appearance of your scars can help boost your self-esteem.