Four days ago, I fell and smacked my mouth into the corner of a very jagged wicker sofa. I was pretty banged up, but, at the time, I felt my injuries weren't severe enough to warrant a trip to the doctor. However, now that the swelling has gone down and my scabs are beginning to come off, I think I may have made a grave mistake. Specifically, I now have two rather large, red scars just below the left side of my mouth, and I am not at all pleased about how they look. My question is: Is it too soon after the injury to talk seriously with a cosmetic surgeon about some sort of scar revision procedure? I read somewhere that most cosmetic surgeons will make you wait at least a full year after the injury before they'll touch scars. Thanks!
If your problem is an open wound, then I would seek medical care immediately. If there is a wound that is closed and healing, but well opposed then I would wait for complete maturation of the scar before considering scar revision. If scar revision is attempted in a recent or maturing injury with an active healing process, the results of revision will likely be unsatisfactory. It is best to wait nine to twelve months from the date of injury for full maturation of the scar to occur. It is very possible, over that period of time, for the resulting scar to heal so well that no revision is necessary.
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