Whatever the cause a scar can be unsightly or distressing. Sometimes a scar can be revised to improve its appearance. This is called scar revision.
Who is a good candidate for this surgery?
A scar that has been caused by trauma or did not heal perfectly at the first operation may benefit from scar revision. Other scars going across creases or across lines may be improved by surgical revision. Flatter more widespread scars can sometimes be improved with the resurfacing techniques (please refer to CO2 laser resurfacing page).
What can this surgery do for me?
Surgery is aimed at improving the appearance of the scar giving patients more confidence but may sometimes help with the symptoms of the scar causing tightness or itchiness.
How is the surgery done?
Essentially most scars are removed and re-stitched; sometimes the surrounding skin needs to be rearranged to take the tension off the scar.
What kind of anaesthetic do I need?
Smaller scars and areas can be treated under local anaesthetic. Larger scars or those in very sensitive areas may require general anaesthetic.
How long am I in hospital?
Most scar revision surgery can be done without an overnight stay in hospital.
How quickly will I recover from my surgery?
This depends upon the extent of the scarring and its position. Most patients should be back to work within 2 to 3 days.
What are the potential problems with this surgery?
Scarring is very variable from patient to patient. An unsightly scar may be down to the fact that is the way that particular patient heals. In view of that common untoward effective scar revision surgery is residual poor scar formation. There is still the potential of any surgery of infection and bleeding. These other effects are unusual.
How much will a scar revision operation cost me?
Please contact our experienced team of medical secretaries to make an appointment. An idea of costs at your chosen hospital (Spire Norwich Hospital, Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, or BMI The Sandringham Hospital, King's Lynn) will be given after your initial consultation (for which there is a fee).