What is included in the long-term monitoring of keloids and hypertrophic scars?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Brian Berman, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Because of the high rate of recurrence, a follow-up period of at least 1 year is necessary to fully evaluate the effectiveness of therapy. Close follow-up monitoring is vital during immediate and aggressive treatment of subsequent keloid formation. Noncompliant patients who are lost to follow-up care for months often return for further evaluation long after further adjunct treatment would have been most beneficial.

Preoperative evaluation is critical to assess a patient's motivation for treatment and to assess the patient's ability to participate in long-term care and follow-up visits.


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