What is a scar?
Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are unavoidable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unpredictable. Poor healing may contribute to scars that are obvious, unsightly or disfiguring. Even a wound that heals well can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Scars may be raised or recessed, different in color or texture from surrounding healthy tissue or particularly noticeable due to their size, shape or location.
What is scar revision surgery?
If you have scarring which may have been caused by burns, injury, surgery, acne or chickenpox, there are many options available to improve its appearance. People are often very conscious of visible scars and their self-confidence may be affected as a result.
Scar revision surgery is meant to minimize the scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture.
About the scar revision or scar reduction procedure
Treatments such as laser therapy and micro dermabrasion may be used to remove the top layers of skin. When the new skin grows back it is smoother than before, and the appearance of the scar is normally reduced. Surgery may also be an option depending on the type and severity of your scarring.
Scar treatments do not guarantee complete removal of the scar, but aim to make it less obvious. They can also help to reduce tightness caused by the scar tissue. The colour and type of your skin, your age and the type of scarring influence how much improvement you can expect.
Scar revision usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour. It is normally performed as a day-case procedure often under local anaesthetic. This means that you will be awake, but the area will be completely numb. Sometimes, scar revision performed under general anaesthetic, where you are asleep during the procedure.
When you receive scar revision treatment at our clinic, you will have the procedure performed by an experienced specialist in the safe and comfortable surroundings of a private hospital.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed. Your specialist will explain the results you can expect, and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before going ahead.
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