Scar Revision Procedures in Glasgow
A Scar is defined as a mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue has developed. Scar revision treatment aims to improve the appearance of these scars.
Different conditions can cause a scar including:
- Chicken Pox
- Cuts or Grazes
Normally the worse damage to the the tissue initially, the worse the scar will become. Every individual’s skin will react different and factors such as age and skin colour can affect how a scar will form.
Types of Scars
There are several different types of scars:
- Red and lumpy scars. (Hypertrophic) The type of scar is associated with surgery. They will usually fade on their own over time.
- Red, lumpy, itchy and sometimes painful scars. (Keloid Scars) These types of scars grow larger than the original wound. These scars may never go away on their own.
- Sunken scars. (Atrophic) This type of scarring is commonly cause by acne or chickenpox.
- Scars that tighten your skin/affect your ability to move. (Contracture Scars). These are often caused by burns and/or implants.
- Stripey or silver scare (Stretch Marks). These are caused by sudden growth spurts or pregnancy in women.
Treatment for Scars
Different types of scars respond to different treatments. One type of treatment may be enough or you may need a combination of treatments to achieve the best results.
There are several treatment options for Scar Revision:
Creams and Gels
There are some skin creams available that claim to soften or fade scars. However there is limited clinical evidence to suggest that these are effect.
Gels and dressings made be made available after surgery that can help to prevent keloid scarring. These contain
There are, however, gels and dressings that can help prevent keloid scarring after surgery. These gels contain silicone and have been clinically shown to reduce the formation of after surgery scarring.
Chemical peels are used to remove the outer layers of your scar and stimulate the growth of new tissue.
A steroid containing tape can be worn during the day and over night for long periods, or alternatively a steroid can be injected into the scar to help soften and shrink the scar tissue.
Steroid treatment may be used as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with other treatments to help reduce the overall appearance of a scar.
Small surgery can help reduce the size of a scar or re-position it to make it more comfortable. This may involve cutting out the scar and replacing it with a skin graft from a healthy part of the skin. Your consultant may choose to reopen the scar and seal again to encourage the growth of healthy tissue rather than replacing it with another piece of skin.
How to Book
In order to deiced which type of treatment you will require you will have an initial consultation with a cosmetic surgeon who will discuss which treatment is best for you.