As we go through life most people will experience some form of surgery, trauma or injury. These injuries may result in a scar which can cause a patient concern. Quite often these scars can be revised.
Why Scar Revision?
The aim of scar revision surgery is to minimise the visibility of your scar.
Many scars can not be removed all together, but with scar revision surgery they can be reduced and made much less obvious; this is why your doctor will typically recommend scar revision rather than scar removal.
Our scar revision doctors, based in the heart of London, are highly experienced in helping you improve your appearance and your quality of life.
Some scars can be revised with local anaesthetic which means that you will be awake, however the area is completely numb.
If you have a much larger or slightly more complex scar, your surgeon may recommend that you have a general anaesthetic, meaning that you will be asleep, although this is quite rare.
Sometimes the treatment can be carried out in our clinical outpatient rooms, however this does depend on the size and location of the scar.
The type of result you can expect and any risks will be discussed with you by your dedicated surgeon.
Types of Scars
Our experienced team can help you minimise the impact of a wide range of scars. The treatment used, depends on the type of scar and its location.
It’s common for people to experience scarring if they have had severe acne. Treatment depends on the type of acne scar, which can be either deep pitting or rolling scars, which form a wave-shaped depression in the skin.
The skin has an amazing ability to repair itself after sustaining an injury. Keloid scars occur when the skin works too hard to repair itself after injury and produces too much collagen resulting in a raised, protruding scar. A keloid scar grows beyond the boundary of the original injury.
They are often red at first and can be itchy and uncomfortable. The colour tends to fade and lighten over time. If they occur near a joint they can restrict movement. People with dark skin are more likely to experience a keloid scar.
Like keloid scars, hypertrophic scars result from an overproduction of collagen during the healing process.
This gives them their distinctive raised and red appearance. Unlike keloid scars they do not grow beyond the edges of the original injury.
Contracture scars are often deep and can affect both nerves and muscles. They occur as a result of burns, and as the name suggests, cause a tightening of the skin which can restrict your movement.
There are a number of different options available to reduce the visual appearance of scars. These include:
- Skin creams
- Skin camouflage (make up)
- Steroid injections
- Silicone Gels
- Dermal fillers
- Laser Therapy
- Skin needling
- Pressure dressings
Each one is used for specific types of scarring. Your doctor will discuss these with you and recommend which option is most appropriate in your case.
Why Choose The Weymouth Street Hospital
- We have some of the most experienced London based Consultant Surgeons, Anaesthetists and Nursing team
- We provide excellent care in our London Boutique Hospital
- We offer state of the art facilities, voted by patients as their first choice London Hospital
- We provide fully inclusive and competitive packages, with no hidden extras
Our team are amongst the most experienced that Harley Street has to offer. Unlike the commercial clinic chains, we offer our services directly to you so there are no sales people involved, just medical professionals dedicated to your care and well-being.
They have the following qualifications:
- FRCS (Plast) – this means they are specialists in Plastic Surgery
- GMC (Plastic Surgery) – they are listed on the Specialist Register of the GMC
- BAPRAS – they belong to the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
- BAAPs – they belong to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
How much will it cost?
We guarantee that this will be the price that you will pay with no hidden extras.
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