Scars are visible signs that remain after injuries, burns, surgery, or skin conditions. Scars are natural part of the healing process and most will fade over time, although they may never completely disappear.
Sometimes even when a wound is healed, a scar can continue to grow. This process causes keloid or hypertrophic scars. Injuries and skin conditions can cause pitted, or sunken scars. Burns can cause contractures, or tightness that restricts movement. There are treatments that can improve the appearance of a scar that does not fade on its own. The nature, location, shape, size and depth of the scar influences its treatment - dressing, injections or surgical treatment.
Scar revision treatments can be carried out to help minimize the appearance of old and new scars. Although scar tissue cannot usually be removed completely, there are several treatments that can make them less visible or help with symptoms like pain, itching, or restricted movement. The colour and type of your skin, your age and general skin condition, and the cause of the scar can all influence what type of treatments are suitable and how much improvement you might see. Both surgical and non-surgical techniques can be used, depending on the size and location of the scar.
You can arrange a consultation with one of our dedicated Doctors to discuss which treatment could be most suitable. Your doctor will explain the pros and cons of each treatment and why they are recommending a particular one for you.
Almost all scar revision treatments are done under local anaesthetic so you will be able to go home the same day. Depending on the type or treatment and the size of the scar, treatment usually take between 15 minutes and a few hours.
Steroid Injections or laser therapy to the scar tissue can help flatten scars and soften and thin the tissue. This is often most effective on keloid or hypertrophic scars. Injections often have to be given more than once, usually a few weeks apart. Steroid injections can also decrease itching, redness and burning sensations in the area of the scar.
Surgery can be used to change the appearance of scars and to release contractures (scar tissue that pulls on the surrounding areas causing pain and restricted movement). If you have a scar that is suitable for surgical removal the Doctor will discuss all options, benefits, risks, and realistic goals with you before the treatment takes place. There is never any guarantee that the scar will disappear but the treatment can improve the appearance, reduce pain, and improve movement.
Scar revision surgeries can involve removing some tissue, or repositioning the scar to an area where it may heal better. You should be able to go home soon after your surgery. Your Doctor will let you know if you need to have any stitches removed or any follow-up appointments. You might experience some pain, swelling, and bruising for a few days but your Doctor will tell you what to expect and how to manage any side effects.
Healing from your treatment can take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks, depending what treatment you had. It can often take several months to see the full effects of your scar revision treatment.