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Scar revision

Treatment to improve the cosmetic appearance of a scar

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

About

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, contractures and facial scars. Depending on the size and location of your scar, your consultant will recommend the best treatment for you.

Need to know

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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.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

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.
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Our consultants

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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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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