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SURGICAL SCAR REVISION (SCAR EXCISION)
At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we remove a wide range of scars from any part of the body, under local anaesthesia. These operations are safe, effective, quick, affordable and straightforward and carried out by our experienced and highly qualified doctors who are Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or/and specialist plastic surgeon and are fully registered with the GMC in the United Kingdom. The procedure will be fully explained to you and possible risk and complications will be discussed at the initial consultation and your questions will be answered.
What is a scar?
Scar usually a visible mark left after healing of the injured tissues. A scar is fibrous tissue which has already replaced the normal tissues during the natural healing process of a wound.
What are different types of scars?
There are three main types of scars. The appearance of a scar on the skin may cause some depression, hollow and dent (atrophic scar). On another hand a scar could look slightly raised beyond the skin surface (hypertrophic scar) and if the scar is lumpy with thick tissues which grows beyond the edges of the original wound called keloid scars.
What are the reasons for surgical scar revision (scar removal)?
Scars are benign skin marks and they can be left alone.
However, there are several reasons for scar removal:
Cosmetic reasons; often the main reason for scar revision (scar removal) request.
Causing discomfort and pain.
Scar restricts movement in a joint, for example, burn scars.
Scar causes problems on account of its site, size, appearance.
Individuals might notice the scar is rubbing or interfering with clothing.
What is the surgical scar revision (scar removal)?
Surgical scar revision (scar removal) is a procedure by the scar will be removed and skin edges are re-attach in a way in which the new scar after healing, is less obvious and cosmetically more acceptable in appearance.
What factors influence wound healing and scar formation?
Generally speaking, the wound healing process and final scar formation is depend on three main factors: there are factors which are depends on the patient’s health and special characteristics, for example, a general health status and well-being, diabetes mellitus, skin thinness or thickness as well as skin colour. It is known some parts of the body for example over the chest bone (sternum) scar formation is common. The second factor depends on the skills of the surgeon. It is also known the size, depth and any complication of wound healing process can influence the size and shape of final scar.
What are the available treatment options for scar revision?
There are several options for surgical scar removal; in atrophic scars, underneath the skin depression can be filled up with dermal fillers or fat, apart from complete excision of the scar by surgery and refashioning the skin. In hypertrophic and keloid scars there is option of steroid injection to reduce the size of the scar. The appearance of all scars of any size and shapes can be temporarily modified by a variety of camouflage materials and permanently by surgical excision.
How do you carry out scar revision (scar removal)?Scars are removed by surgical excision under local anaesthesia. This means it is safe and you are able to walk away straight after scar removal procedure. Depending the size, shape and site of the scar, the whole operation should take about an hour in duration.
What are the main complications of surgical scar removal (scar excision)?
Surgical excision of scars is a safe procedure but there is some discomfort, pain, bruising and swelling at the site of the operation for about 48 hours after the procedure. There are also rare complications such as bleeding, infection and recurrence with chance of feeling unhappy with the outcome. We will supply you with a follow-up appointment on the day of the operation.