Scars can affect self confidence. Although they can’t be completely removed, their appearance can be considerably improved.
1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the same day or the following day depending on which treatment is undertaken. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one to two weeks. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after one to two weeks.
2. I’m worried about pain.
There is slight discomfort following scar revision, but this is only temporary. Some swelling and bruising is expected but resolves after one to two weeks.
3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result. Healing will continue for several weeks, and even months. As the new scar heals it will slowly refine and fade.
4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
Depending on the technique, local anaesthetic and sedation or general anaesthetic may be used.
5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive a tailored quote for your treatment. Please call us on 01709 464200 or email email@example.com if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.
Scarring is the body’s natural response to an injury of the skin. In most cases, scarring fades over time, but scar tissue can become red and raised. Extreme forms of scarring are known as ‘hypertrophic’ and ‘keloid’ scarring. Such scars can not only be unsightly, but also painful, itchy and cause functional impairment.
Scar revision refers to a variety of techniques which help to improve the appearance and symptoms of scars. Every scar must be treated as a unique entity, with a tailor-made treatment plan. For some scars, a combination of treatments may be required to achieve the best result.
Am I A Good Candidate For Scar Revision?
The best candidates for scar revision are those;
- Who understand the final result may not be visible until a number of months have passed,
- Who are generally healthy and do not have a medical condition that could impede healing,
- Who do not smoke,
- Who understand a combination or number of treatments may be required to achieve the best result,
- Who have realistic expectations of the results and willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions.
What Scar Revision Surgery Won’t Do
It is important to understand scars are permanent and that scar revision will not completely remove the scar. It will improve its appearance.
Surgical removal of a scar remains one of the most effective treatments for scarring. By excising the scar and carefully closing a new wound with plastic surgery techniques, the scar can be significantly improved. In some cases, the surgery may be complex involving skin grafts, tissue expansion, flap surgery (in which an adjacent flap of healthy skin is lifted and moved over the scarred area), or injection of the scar with nanofat.
Non-surgical treatments can also be used to improve scars and include steroid injection, silicone gel, laser treatment and radiotherapy. For some patients, a combination of treatments is the best approach for minimizing the appearance of the scar. Depending on the technique, local anaesthetic and sedation or general anaesthetic may be used.
An improvement will be immediately noticeable, but the final result can take much longer to become apparent. Scars continue to mature and improve for up to two years following surgery. During this time, detailed instructions will be provided on how to care for the scar, and minimise its appearance. Scars are initially very sensitive to sunlight and can tan darker than the surrounding skin, so it is important to wear sunscreen over your new scar for the first six to nine months.
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As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo scar revision should not be made hastily. Risks include;
Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary. The risk of infection is rare.
Pricing & Finance
When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.