Scar revision can help improve the appearance of scars caused by previous surgery, burns or trauma. At The McIndoe Centre, our specialist consultants are dedicated to finding the best treatment to suit your individual needs.
Why You Might Need Scar Revision
If you suffer from self-confidence issues due to any unsightly scars that may have been as a result of surgery, burns or trauma, scar revision treatment could be the ideal solution for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Scar Revision?
A patient will seek scar revision treatment in order to improve the appearance of unsightly scars.
Some of the benefits include:
- Improved appearance of scars
- Renewed confidence in appearance
- Minor scarring can be treated without surgical treatment
What Does Scar Revision Involve?
Depending on the size of the scar, it may be possible for treatment to take place in the outpatient department in the minor operations room. The appearance of red, itchy and unsightly scars can be improved by steroid injection, silicone gel tape or surgical excision.
Steroid injection can be performed under local anaesthetic and may require a few injections over time to improve the appearance.
Silicone gel tape is applied to the scar and worn for virtually 24 hours a day. It is removed for washing/bathing, and each piece lasts a few weeks.
Surgical excision can be performed under local anaesthetic - stitches will need to be removed (if not dissolving) and a pressure garment may be required. In the case of large scars, serial excision may be required.
Following surgical excision, it is common to experience swelling, discoloration and discomfort for one to two weeks post-surgery. After this, the skin will continue to heal, and scarring will fade over several weeks. The scar will need moisturising (with a bland moisturiser) and massaging to help with the final result.
Patient Information Hub
If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.
- What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
- Have I considered all the options?
- Can surgery give me the results I want?
- Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
- Is now the right time?
Having surgery is a big decision
Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.
Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.
Having surgery is a big decision
Think carefully before having cosmetic surgery
Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.
We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.