There are a number of scars treatments available if you have a bothersome scar that you would like removing or making less noticeable.
What are scars treatments?
Scars treatments are a range of therapies aimed to make your scar less visible. They will not remove the scar entirely. They can also help reduce the size of a scar and any pain and itching caused by the lumpy scar. Lumpy constricted scars overlying a joint can affect your movement and this can potentially be improved.
Scars treatment are generally non-surgical and are performed in the clinic during the consultation. Some small scars can be surgically removed and these can be done as a minor procedure and as a day case.
What are the different types of scars?
There are a number of different kinds of scar. It is important to identify the type of scar first as this will determine the type of treatment.
- Normal fine-line scars – after a wound or surgery a red and raised line will be left that fades but doesn’t disappear completely, leaving a visible line scar.
- Keloid scars – lumpy red or purple scars that may be itchy, painful or restrict movement. Keloid scars are formed by an overgrowth of healing tissue. Excess collagen is produced at your wound site and this keeps growing even after your wound has healed. This is more commonly seen in afro Caribbean and Asian patients and occurs more commonly in areas as such as the ears, chest and shoulders. The scar grows beyond the area of the original wound or scar.
- Hypertrophic scars – initially red and raised scars that become flatter and paler over time. Hypertrophic scars are caused by too much collagen being produced at the site of your wound, but to a lesser extent than keloid scars and they don’t extend past your wound boundary. Hypertrophic scars may slowly improve over time whereas keloid scars either worse or stay the same over time.
- Pitted or sunken scars – some skin conditions including chickenpox or acne or an injury that results in you losing underlying fat may cause scars that are sunken or pitted in appearance.
- Scar contractures – most often caused by burns that cause your skin to shrink and this can result in tightness and a restriction in movement.
What are the recommended scar removal treatments
The best scar removal treatment will be recommended to you by one of our highly experienced plastic surgeons. Depending on your scar and how much it is bothering you, you may use non surgical options or surgical scar revision.
Non surgical options
This can include, regular steroid injections, silicone dressings, silicone or steroid based creams. Moisturising creams and scar massage are also important to keep your scar supple and prevent it from becoming dry. Scars are often sensitive to the sun and so you should wear sunscreen over your scar to avoid it becoming hyperpigmented from sun exposure.
Surgical scar revision
In some cases, scars can be removed and re-stitched to improve their appearance or to reduce their bulk. This is considered more in cases where the initial healing may have been poor from infection, wounds that have come open after being stitched and left to heal or wounds left open to heal themselves. In such cases, scar revision is usually more successful and scar revision surgery can make your scar look less noticeable.
What is the recovery process after a scar treatment?
The recovery process will depend on the treatment you have had and the size and extent of your scar. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions on your recovery process after your scar treatment for you to follow including how to care for your skin afterwards. Unless it is a very large scar, scar revision is generally performed as a day case procedure and under local anaesthetic.
What is the cost of scar treatment?
The cost of scar treatment will depend on the type of scar you have and the treatment your dermatologist or surgeon recommends.
You will receive a formal quotation price following your consultation with one of our dermatologists or plastic surgeons. This formal quote for your scar treatment will be valid for 60 days and includes unlimited aftercare.
We have a number of finance options available for our cosmetic surgery patients. These include All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price delivers direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance, pay as you go and interest-free medical finance loans. .
Scar treatment may be covered by your medical insurance if your scar is the result of an injury or illness, is causing pain or restricting your movement. Medical insurance will not cover scar treatment that is solely for cosmetic reasons. We advise you to contact your medical insurance company directly and gain written confirmation before commencing treatment. .
Scars treatment at West Valley Hospital UK
At West Valley Hospital we offer a comprehensive scars treatment service for medical and cosmetic reasons including non-surgical and surgical options.
Our plastic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage the various types of scars from the minor fine-line scars to the more acute scars.
You can rest-assured you will receive the very best of care for your individual scar treatment needs.