Scar treatments to reduce the distress and discomfort that scars may cause
- Scar reduction to improve the appearance of your skin
- Extensive experience and advanced treatment techniques
- Access to the latest combination of topical products, injectable treatments, surgery and laser technology for effective scar removal and reduction
What Is Scar Removal?
When your skin heals itself after suffering from active acne, or an injury, such as a burn or abrasion, a mark is often left in the form of a scar. Scarring is a normal part of the body’s defensive reactions – your white blood cells rush to the wound to fight off infection, producing new collagen fibres that hold the skin together during the process. These collagen fibres are what we call scars.
Scars, even small ones, can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Concealing and camouflage make-up can help but you may also wish to have some treatment to lessen the impact of the scar.
At The Devonshire Clinic, we can offer a range of scar treatment options to help minimise and reduce the appearance of scars. Even very large scars can be significantly reduced through treatment.
What to expect at your scar removal consultation
- Your specialist will typically begin a consultation by examining any affected areas, taking your medical history and discussing your concerns in detail.
- Your specialist will detail your treatment options to allow you to make an informed decision, taking care to explain the treatment process in detail.
- Treatment can commence on the same day if preferred or you will have the option to rebook after considering the advice and treatment plan given.
Recommended Scar Removal Treatments
There are several effective ways in which our specialists minimise the appearance of scars and to improve the overall texture and condition of your skin.
A raised scar such as a hypertrophic or keloid scar can be treated using many mini injections containing corticosteroids. These are placed in the scar to reduce inflammation and flatten the scar. Our consultants will repeat the infections every four weeks or so, monitoring the appearance of the scar.
You may require multiple scar treatments over several months to achieve the desired result.
Silicone gel sheets – these are often used with pressure dressings but need to be in place for 12 hours a day. They are particularly good at preventing and reducing keloid and hypertrophic scars. Alternatively, silicone gels such as Kelocote® may be used. These are also very effective at reducing the appearance of hypertrophic and keloid scars.
Our Consultant Dermatologists have access to many different types of laser, some of which can be used to reduce the appearance of scars whilst others are effective at reducing the redness associated with scars by targeting the small blood vessels around a scar.
Laser resurfacing is particularly effective for certain types of scars. The top layers of skin peel away and the laser acts on the dermis to stimulate collagen production. These two processes expand the tissues within the scar, raising it to the level of the surrounding skin.
A step up from traditional lasers, fractional lasers deliver the treatment in tiny fractions or pixels. This type of treatment can help to reduce scarring without as much disruption to your life because redness and peeling are much reduced afterwards.
Dermal fillers can provide a temporary improvement in the appearance of pitted scars and repeat treatment is usually necessary and recommended.
Chemical peels apply a substance to the skin that takes away the surface layer, revealing the fresh skin underneath. They can help to reduce the appearance of scarring.
Microdermabrasion is separate to microneedling. It involves a device which sends a fine stream of particles to gently erode skin cells which are then removed by a light air vacuum. It can help to rejuvenate the skin, removing damaged and dead skin cells, and to help reduce the appearance of scarring.
Our consultants can also use microneedling devices, which can also stimulate collagen production within the deeper layers of skin to help treat pitted scars.
Surgical scar revision
Plastic surgery techniques are sometimes required for patients with scars on the body due to trauma, burns, skin grafts or other surgery.
If the original wound site has healed forming a very obvious scar, it is sometimes possible to perform surgery to reopen the wound and then reclose it in a more favourable way.
Healing takes several weeks then several months of aftercare are required before the full final effect can be seen.
Available Scar Treatments Treatments
Why use the Devonshire Clinic?
Effective scar treatment requires expert input from experienced professionals. Our Consultant Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons are highly qualified experts who are acutely aware of the emotional impact that scars can have. If you would like to discuss your concerns with us, call the clinic today and book an appointment with one of our specialists.