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Surgical Needling

Surgical needling as scar treatment is the use of a dermal roller with up to 3mm needles of which is passed over the scar a number of times in a pattern of directions with the end result of pinpoint bleeding. Surgical needling can be very effective in improving the texture, pigmentation as well as volume of scars. This can be performed under Local anaesthetic if the area is small or Sedation anaesthetic for larger areas.  

Post treatment products in the form of vitamin oil are provided at your first appointment to be used as aftercare throughout the course of treatment.

How is Surgical Needling as scar treatment different to other forms of needling? 

Surgical needling uses 3mm needles which differs to typical micro-needling whereby the needle length is on average between 0.5-1.5mm. By penetrating the skin deeper this stimulates the dermal remodelling and encourages the production of collagen allowing for quicker and more effective results. 


How long does it take to see results?

Approximately 4-6 weeks after the first treatment you may start to see a small improvement, however it is important to note this treatment should be undertaken as a course in order to achieve optimum results. Typically, 3-6 treatments are recommended for scars.  


How often do I need a surgical needling as scar treatment? 

Your surgeon will determine exact timeframes based on your scars needs and initial appearance. Typically, treatments are spaced anywhere between 3-8 weeks apart. 

Treatment Overview

  • Surgical technique to reduce, fade 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, pigmentation