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Scar Revisions

Many people suffer from unsightly scars. These may be due to trauma, previous skin cancer or bad results of previous facial surgery. Mr Athanassopoulos uses the latest techniques to help disguise unsightly scars.

The
problem

When a wound heals a scar forms. It is usual for a scar to be red and raised for approximately 6 weeks to 3 months after surgery. Subsequently the scar flattens and slowly becomes more pale with time. The scar finally matures at the 16 month mark. When wounds do not head well the scars can be stretched, raised and lumpy. Straight line scars tend to shrink and pucker
Woman back scar

The
procedure

Treatment usually begins with excision of the scar under local anaesthetic and the area is then closed using specialised plastic surgery techniques which camouflage the scar and allow it to lie in a more favourable direction. Sometimes a resurfacing technique such as dermabrasion is carried out to enhance the result

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers
A scar revision is the process by which a prominent scar is made less prominent. It’s. not possible to remove the scar but it can be made less noticeable through plastic surgery. Techniques that can be used include dermabrasion to the surface of the scar, cutting the scar out and reorientating it, using fat to improve the contour.
The best candidates for scar revision are those committed to obtaining an improvement. Daily massage of the scar, using a dermaroller on the scar and patience are all important in achieving the best result.
The scar from this procedure will usually be in the same location as previous scar. There may be times when the scar will be lengthened or altered to improve upon the scar.
This procedure can usually be done as an outpatient. You will be sent home on pain medicine and antibiotics. Recovery time will depend on extent of scar revision.
You will need to be seen within a week after surgery. From there we will determine when you need to be seen again.
Most patients are able to return to work within a few days, depending on the extent of scar revision.
Most activities of daily living can be resumed within a couple of days. It is important to get up and move around within a day of surgery to help decrease the chance of developing a blood clot.