Scar Treatments/Scar Excision & Revision

Scar excision and scar revision are forms of surgery that aim to improve the appearance of your scarring and, in some cases, function as well 

Scar revisions can be performed on any area of the body and take approximately 1-2 weeks to heal; the final result of surgery can be seen around 12-18 months post–treatment. Scar revisions are performed to make the scar less apparent and improve the texture of the scar. 

At The London Scar Clinic, our team of highly skilled surgeons has extensive experience in scar revision surgeries, making us the leading experts in the field.

Who is suitable for Scar Revision Surgery? 

Scar revision is suitable for nearly any patient who wants to improve the appearance of their scars.  

Scar revision surgery is performed on scars resulting from injuries, accidents, or surgery. Many patients decide to undergo scar revision surgery to improve the appearance of scarring caused by acne, burns, or other skin conditions. 

Our specialists will discuss potential scar treatments that are suitable for you. Some situations may make you an unsuitable candidate for scar revision surgery, such as: 

  • active acne or infection in the area 
  • keloid scarring or a history of keloid scarring 
  • any medical condition that may affect wound healing 

In these cases, we will provide alternative treatment options that will be more beneficial for you. 

Procedure Details 

Initial Consultation for Scar Revision Surgery 

Our physicians will evaluate the scar and conduct a complete medical history to assess your candidacy for scar revision surgery. 

Before discussing the potential options, we will request your medical history, including: 

  • any medications you are currently taking 
  • recent operations 
  • medical conditions 

Scar Revision Surgery Procedure 

Scar revisions are performed by making an incision around the scar and removing the scar tissue. 

Sutures and or adhesive strips will close the wound, and a dressing will be applied. Most of our scar revision surgeries take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to complete, depending on the size and the complexity of the scarring. 

What type of anaesthetic will you need for scar revision? 

The type of anaesthetic will depend on the size of the scar being revised as well as your personal preference. Here at The London Scar Clinic, we use both local anaesthetics and sedation. 

Local anaesthetic is used for smaller scars, and sedation is used for larger or more complex scars. Sedation may be an option for nervous patients with smaller scars as well. Where general anaesthetic may be needed, our surgeon will arrange this with you to perform the scar excision surgery. 


Recovery and Outlook 

Sutures are normally left in place for 5-14 days, depending on the location of the scar. The downtime for scar revisions is up to two weeks for less complicated types of scars. 

Expected Results

Although scar revisions can drastically improve the appearance of a scar, it is very important to note that a scar can never fully disappear. Any procedure that requires cutting the skin will leave a new scar. 

The goal of scar revision is to create a neater and less visible mark than the original one. The new scar, if treated with proper aftercare, can settle well and merge nicely with the surrounding tissues over time. 

Although you may see improvements immediately after the surgery, it takes many months for the full effects to be visible. For most types of scar revisions, you will notice the final outcome 12 to 18 months after treatment. 

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Risks and Side Effects of Scar Revision 

Scar revision and scar excision risks are relatively rare. After the procedure, you may experience side effects including: 

  • swelling 
  • bruising 
  • mild discomfort/itch in the days following the procedure 

These symptoms will disappear within a week or two.

Benefits of Scar Revision Surgery 

Scar revision surgery has advantages that go beyond improving the appearance and functionality of the scar. 

Increased Range of Motion 

If your range of motion is being affected by a scar, surgical scar excision/revision can be very helpful. 

Scar revisions include removing the deeply seated scar tissue that is inhibiting movement, allowing you to move more freely and comfortably. 

Improved Skin Texture 

Scar revision surgeries are commonly done to improve skin texture around the scar, making it smoother and more even. 

This can be particularly advantageous for scars that are raised or have an uneven texture. 

Reduced Pain and Discomfort 

If your scar is causing pain, discomfort, or even itching, scar revision can help you reduce or eliminate these symptoms. 

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Pricing & Costs 

Determining the exact cost of scar revision surgery can be difficult without an initial consultation. Since every scar is unique, our team of expert surgeons will need to evaluate your specific case to provide more accurate information. 

During your consultation at The London Scar Clinic, our team will discuss pricing and provide you with a better understanding of the cost of your scar revision surgery. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert surgeons. 

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Scar Revision London 

The London Scar Clinic is a leading provider of scar revision surgery in London. 


Our surgeons are specialists in scar revision surgery and have helped many patients achieve their desired results with scar treatment. 

Schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons and learn more about how we can help you achieve your desired results. 

"Saw Mr Ioannis Goutos for a scar on my hand. Had a full hour with the doctor, which I believe is unusually long for a Harley Street appointment, in a good way. I felt all my questions were answered. Questions I didn’t even know I had were also answered. I will use this same service for scars from any future surgeries. Thank you again!"

"Excellent experience through and through. Friendly staff and extended team. Mr Leon-Villapalos is an exceptional communicator and made me feel at ease throughout both of my procedures with him."