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Dr. Sailon seeks to provide you with natural-looking results whenever he operates. Obtaining the least amount of visible scarring is an important consideration. Follow these guidelines to help your body heal:

First, let the wound heal!
Before considering scar management, your wounds have to heal. Refer to the guidelines in the incision care section. For most incisions, this takes about 2 weeks. Dr. Sailon will let you know when to initiate a scar care regimen.

Protect your scars from the sun

New scars are particularly sensitive to sun exposure and need to be protected for at least 6 months while they mature. Protecting the scar from the sun will reduce discoloration and allow the scar to fade more quickly. Consider covering your scars with tape, a band-aid or a hat, if possible. Alternatively, plan liberal and frequent use of sunscreen whenever scars are going to be sun-exposed for more than a few minutes. Use SPF 30 or greater and reapply every 2 hours.

Develop a silicone-based scar care regimen

A number of products in a vast price range can be found, many of which have little proof of making scars less visible. Among the many scar care products that exist, silicone has the most robust scientific evidence validating its use.

Silicone comes in many forms:

As a quick dry liquid (brand names include Scarguard and Scaraway), gel sheets, and tension-reducing adhesives (Embrace). All of these are acceptable and the correct choice will depend on the scar location and your budget. These products are used for at least 2 months and preferably for 6 months. Dr. Sailon will help to guide you in the right direction.

Two important points

  • The best regimen is the one you will stick to!
  • If your scars will be sun-exposed, look for a product that combines silicone with sun protection (SPF).

Mederma (the generic name is Cephalin) is a popular product based on an onion extract and there are a number of studies examining its efficacy, but the results are mixed. Vitamin E and cocoa butter, although commonly used, show very little proof that they make any difference.

Important adjuncts and things to watch out for

Scars may become abnormally thick or red in a process known as hypertrophic scars or keloids. It is important that you have close follow up with Dr. Sailon if you develop either of these conditions as in-office treatments can have an impact on the final result. If your scars remain red and inflamed, you may also be a good candidate for laser treatment.

Patience is a virtue...

Full scar maturation can take up to one year. It is common for scars to undergo many changes, particularly in the first few months. Scars may have a red and inflamed appearance initially. They may also have a slightly thick, cord-like feel. Frequent scar massage can speed up the softening process.

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Northern Virginia

6801 Whittier Avenue, Suite 301
McLean, Virginia 22101

2200 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 250
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Office: 703-832-4000
Fax: 703-832-4001

Maryland

5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 711
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office: 301-232-3000
Fax: 301-232-3333






After serious consideration, and in line with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we will be limiting our practice until April 7th. This may need to be extended further depending on how the situation evolves. Your health and well-being are our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:
All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until April 7th.

The office will be partially staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.

We are instituting Virtual Consultations for our large inquiry base.

Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.

No patient will ever have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
    We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • As we are a medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to answer your questions.

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