Treatments/Invasive/Other Invasive/Scar Excision & Revision

Scar Revision

Scar excision and scar revision is a form of surgery that aims to cosmetically improve the appearance of your scarring, and in some cases can also help to improve scar function. Scar revisions can be performed on any area of the body and take approximately 1-2 weeks to heal over and the final result of surgery can be seen around 12-18 months posttreatment.

Will A Scar Revision Make My Scar Disappear? 

Although scar revisions can drastically improve the appearance of a scar it is very important to note a scar can never fully disappear. Any procedure that requires cutting of the skin will leave a scar, scar revision aims to create a neater and less visible scar than the original that with the proper aftercare can heal well and fade overtime.  


What Type Of Anaesthetic Will I Need for Scar Revision?

The type of anaesthetic will depend on the size of the scar being revised as well as the patient’s personal preference. Here at The London Scar Clinic, we use both Local anaesthetic and Sedation. Typically, Local anaesthetic is used for smaller scars and sedation for larger or more complex scars, Sedation is also an option for nervous patients. Should your scar require a General anaesthetic your surgeon will take you to a nearby hospital to perform this.  


What Is The Recovery Process For Scar Revision Like?

Depending on the location of the scar revision you will typically have your sutures in place for 5-14 days, once these are removed you will have a dressing applied and given instructions on how long to leave this in place by your surgeon. The downtime for scar revisions are typically 2 weeks for less complicated scars. 

Treatment Overview

  • Surgical technique to reduce and improve the appearance of scarring 
  • Typical recovery period of 1-2 weeks 
  • Performed by highly skilled, specialist plastic surgeon with expertise scar treatments 
  • Burns, surgical scars, self-harm, piercing scars