Scar removal, or scar revision, is a procedure that uses minor surgical techniques to minimise or remove the appearance of a scar.
A range of techniques can be used, depending on the type of scarring to be treated, including: silicon sheets, laser therapy, microneedling and other skin resurfacing treatments.
A scar is the mark that is left behind from injury or trauma to the skin. It is made up of collagen that is produced at the site of injury and the substance that helps to knit the skin back together. Although a scar does not completely disappear, they do fade over time.
A surgical removal technique involves making incisions to remove the scar tissue and re-closing the wound. This method can be successful on hypertrophic and keloid scars that are thicker and more raised in appearance.
This type of scarring is usually a result of surgery or skin that has been torn as well as skin that has suffered a burn injury.
By resurfacing the skin, the recommended treatment works to repair and replenish damaged skin cells and restore healthy properties. Procedures that can achieve this include: microneedling, dermarolling, chemical peeling and mesotherapy. These methods are effective for minor scarring, such as acne scars and stretch marks.
In order to receive the appropriate procedure to remove or reduce the appearance of your scarring, you will need to attend a pre-treatment consultation for a thorough assessment. Your healthcare professional can give you an understanding of the procedure that will deliver the best outcome and the type of results you can expect to achieve.
Even surface to the skin
Reduce appearance of thick or raised scars
Improved skin tone
Reduced appearance of scars
From 1 hour
Dependent on treatment
Low to moderate
Your healthcare professional will ensure you are informed as to how best to care for the wound after your scar revision procedure. The treatment site may have a dressing which you will receive instructions for. It may be recommended that you massage the area twice daily with an appropriate moisturiser. This will help with the body’s healing processes and keep the skin soft and supple.
The new scar may look fine to begin with, but could redden within a couple of weeks. This is a normal part of the process and the wound will start to settle again after a time. A scar can take up to 2 years to even out completely when the end result will be more reduced in appearance than before. For minor scarring where skin resurfacing has been used, any initial redness will ease to produce a more even texture to the skin.
Your concerns will need to be assessed in a pre-treatment consultation to determine your suitability. A good candidate is someone who is in generally good health with a strong skin structure. There may be some skin conditions that would compromise your suitability, which your healthcare professional would advise.
In some cases scar removal / revision has caused issues with pigmentation. After care is essential as failing to look after the wound can result in infection. It is important to fully understand the results of this procedure and have a realistic outcome in order not to feel dissatisfied with the results.
There is no reason why the removal or revision of scarring should not produce a long-lasting, or permanent result. It is important to note, however, that it is possible for keloid scarring to recur.
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