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Abdominoplasty - wait 6 OR 12 months after Accutane?
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I'm starting my sixth (and final) month of Accutane. Per the iPledge booklet I received and my dermatologist, I should not have elective surgery, including a tummy tuck, until I've been off of the medication for six months since the medication interferes with the skin's ability to heal which could cause keloid scarring. In my online research, I'm finding that some doctors say 6 months is acceptable, while others say wait a full year (I even came across one or two who said to wait two years). I'm anxious to get my tummy tuck done, but at the same time, I want optimal results. Is there a consensus among plastic surgeons regarding the wait time for getting a tummy tuck after completing a course of Accutane? Is there a blood test that can be done at the six month mark to ensure the Accutane is completely out of my system so I can proceed with the surgery without waiting a full year? Thank you!

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Miami, FL
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January 31, 2013 5:31 AM

The longer you wait the better. At least a year. (more)
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