Scar improvement can sometimes be achieved through non-surgical means including massage, LASER, topical silicone gel or steroid injections. In some cases however, surgical revision is recommended. This can often be performed under local anaesthetic. Plastic surgeons use a variety of techniques ranging from simple excision to Z-plasties and occasionally full resurfacing. The options depend on the individual scars and will be discussed fully during your consultation.
Scars come in all shapes and sizes and may result from previous injury, infection or surgery. Some individuals are prone to unusually aggressive scarring known as hypertrophic or keloid scars. Scar revision may be required when scars are conspicuous, embarrassing or uncomfortable, or if they cause restriction of joint of facial movements.
Following all skin procedures you are likely to be discharged home with wound care / dressings advice, painkillers if necessary and a follow-up appointment with a specialist nurse who will check your wound and remove the sutures if necessary.
Later, you will be reviewed by your consultant surgeon to discuss the results of the surgery, offer advice and to check the wound healing process.
How much will the procedure cost?
Prices depend upon the complexity of the surgery and to a certain extent on the size and number of scars you have. After we have met you in clinic we can provide an exact fixed cost. Alternatively, check out our Pricing page for a cost estimate.
Are there any risks?
All surgery incurs an element of risk such as bleeding, bruising, swelling and infection, pain and sometimes numbness. Wounds can rarely be complicated by breakdown and delayed healing. For most scar revision procedures, these risks are very low. All risks will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Will I need further treatment?
Surgery and non-surgical treatment cannot guarantee significant improvement although we will provide you with our best estimate of the anticipated outcome following treatment. Some scars are prone to recurrence and you may wish to have a further alternative treatment should this occur.
Will I be covered if something goes wrong?
Our 'inclusive care' policy is such that if there is a complication or adverse outcome from surgery within the first year then we can provide any further treatment required at no additional cost to you.
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