After any surgery, caring for the incision is crucial to a safe recovery. Cosmetic surgery patients often value minimizing their scars as much as they can. This starts with the proper care following surgery and extends for the first year or more.Immediately after surgery, it is imperative to follow Dr. Jonov’s instructions concerning your incision. Every surgery is different and caring for an incision on the abdomen is different from caring for a facelift incision. Typically, Dr. Jonov will advise to avoid getting the area wet for a time to discourage infection. He may also prescribe an antibiotic.Dr. Jonov will then recommend our proprietary prescription scar protocol that you will use for the next 12 months. This 5 phase protocol cares for the incision to reduce the look of your surgical scar and is the gold standard of incision and scar care. It is important to start it as soon as possible to garner the best results. Each phase is perfectly curated to treat a specific stage of the healing process. In general, the protocol must be started within 6 months of surgery.If you have an older scar, or want to further minimize your scar, microneedling can smooth the texture and look of surgical scars. This can work on older scars. While it may not make the scar totally disappear, it can smooth a rough scar and contribute to an improved appearance. To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.