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Scar revision

non-surgical or surgical treatment to improve the appearance of a scar

Scar revision procedures, including injections or surgery, can make old and new scar tissue less noticeable

Improving or reducing the appearance of a scar

If you have a scar caused by an injury or a previous surgery, revision treatment can minimise the appearance of old and new scar tissue – including keloid scars and facial Scar revision aims to improve the texture and size of scars, as well as reducing the itch sensation. 

No specialist can ever guarantee to make your scar go away, and there are a wide range of different treatments available. Scars may require different treatments depending on their maturity, size and location of the scar.

Some types of scars, such as keloid scars, can worsen with surgery. However techniques are improving all the time and technology that freezes keloid scars from the inside is becoming more available. Your consultant will discuss your scar with you at your initial consultation and will recommend the next steps and possible treatments for you.

What treatment options are available?

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    Treatment options can range from surgery to steroid injections or laser therapy. Almost all procedures are done under local anaesthetic, to numb the area and block pain during treatment. Surgery can be done to remove excess or raised scar tissue. Sometimes, surgery can reposition the scar so it heals in a less visible way by following the natural contours of your skin. Surgery can also be used to release contractures – scar tissue that pulls or restricts the surrounding skin. Alternatively, laser therapy or corticosteroid injections can be used to flatten scar tissue or reduce and soften the appearance of some keloid and hypertrophic scars.
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    Your consultant will examine your scar and recommend the best treatment option for you, based on its size and location. They'll explain the full procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Depending on the procedure you're having, your consultant will let you know how to prepare. This might include avoiding alcohol or blood-thinning mediation, such as aspirin, before treatment. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    You should be able to go home right after your appointment. If you've had stitches, your consultant will let you know when they should be removed. And they'll let you know if you need any follow-up appointments. The area treated may be swollen or painful for a few days after treatment. Your consultant will let you know how to care for the area while it heals. It may take several months for scar tissue to settle and the results of your treatment to be fully visible.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our consultants

The specialist that undertakes scar revision treatment can often be determined by where the scar is sited. Scar revision surgery can be performed by a Plastic and Reconstructive Consultant, ENT surgeon, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, a General Surgeon or a Dermatologist.

At HCA UK we’re proud to work with leading surgeon across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

Consultants at HCA UK

Our locations

From complex skin cancer surgery to diagnosis and management of skin conditions, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our booking teams can help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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