Are you looking for the best option for treating surgery scars?
Whether through elective surgery or an emergency procedure, scarring is an often unpleasant reminder of trauma and pain. Some scars are highly visible, and for many people, this can cause significant emotional distress.
No doubt you’re exploring ways to minimise or possibly eliminate your surgery scars and need more information on exactly what scar removal procedures are available in the UK.
We’d like to help you unpack your options.
How and Why Scars Form
Let’s take a quick look at how scars form. Once we understand the biology behind scarring, we’ll be in a better position to choose a treatment option that we feel most comfortable with.
No matter the cause, scars form as a result of the body’s healing process. Unlike the epidermis or top layer of skin, the dermis does not constantly renew itself. When this middle layer is damaged, the body rushes to produce new collagen fibres to repair the injured area.
Scientific American tells us why scar tissue looks and feels different from normal skin.
“Our skin is primarily made of the protein collagen, which is produced by cells known as fibroblasts. When the skin (or any other tissue, for that matter) is wounded, the wound-healing process initiates the generation of new fibroblasts to produce scar collagen, which is different from the collagen in normal skin.
“Even though individual cells within the skin periodically die and are replaced with new cells, the scar collagen remains. The only time when wounds will heal without producing scars is during the fetal stage of life, when the skin produces fetal collagen, a protein that is different from adult collagen.”
The bottom line then is that once the dermis is damaged, there will be a scar. As we know, no two scars are the same. Some are flat, pale and barely noticeable while others are raised and more prominent. In some cases, surgical scars may appear sunken when the underlying structure of the skin has been compromised and the supportive tissue is lost.
What is the Best Scar Treatment After Surgery?
The location, size and texture of the scar all play an important role in how effective scar treatment will be. So, bearing this in mind, what are your options?
Certain creams and oils will certainly benefit the texture of the skin. WebMD tells us, “Topical treatments, such as vitamin E, cocoa butter cream, silicone gel, onion extract products, and several commercial skin care products like Vaseline and Aquaphor that are sold over the counter may be somewhat effective in helping to heal scars.”
While these products may assist the healing process and improve skin quality, they won’t make a noticeable difference to the colour and texture of scar tissue.
Scar Removal Surgery
It may seem counterintuitive, but in some cases, the appearance of scars can be reduced by removing the affected area of the skin. Certainly, a scar will remain, but it should be smaller and less noticeable than before. (This option is not recommended for those who experience keloid scarring, however.)
Dermabrasion, Microdermabrasion and Laser Resurfacing
The processes of dermabrasion and microdermabrasion include the removal of surface skin tissue to blend out irregularities, scar edges, lines and wrinkles. Dermabrasion is performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists and is a more aggressive procedure than microdermabrasion. Like laser resurfacing, it strips away several layers of the epidermis to reveal the fresher skin beneath, although both techniques require some downtime as the affected area heals.
Microneedling is a skin treatment that has proven effective in tightening, smoothing, and toning the skin.
“Microneedling is non-ablative, as opposed to most laser treatments and chemical peels, while also respecting the uppermost layer of the skin, microneedling initiates a healing cascade at the dermal-epidermal junction that prompts the production of healthy new cells.” Suki Mezei
While microneedling on its own may not be a complete solution for your surgery scars, it remains a viable option for improving skin texture and quality as it works on the dermal layer to stimulate collagen production.
Also known as inkless tattooing, inkless camouflage is a gentle treatment that can be used on most parts of the body to tackle the appearance and texture of surgical scars. The procedure works with the natural healing processes of the body as tiny needles inject a blend of serums and vitamins into the affected area. This stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and melanin and helps to firm and tone the skin as it heals from the “mini-trauma”.
Medical or cosmetic tattooing is also known as micropigmentation and is an excellent tool for reducing the appearance of surgical scars and is often used in conjunction with medical needling which stimulates the regeneration process beneath the skin to promote a healthy texture. This process is highly effective in “colouring in” the scar. Carefully selected coloured pigments are introduced into the skin that effectively mutes the scar and blends it seamlessly into the surrounding skin.
I have had wonderful results in treating scars, stretch marks and surgical scars with this treatment. This art form has also been a welcome solution for women who have undergone breast reconstruction and require areola repigmentation. Please take a moment to scan through our scar removal surgery before and after images to get an idea of what sort of results you can expect.
UK Scar Treatment Options
There’s no reason for you to live with scars that make you feel uncomfortable or unhappy. Treating surgery scars is an option open to all, and thankfully there are several processes available that can virtually eliminate the scars that plague you.
Please give me a call when you are ready to explore some of these treatments. I am happy to walk you through your options and give you all the information you need on scar treatment costs, downtime, risks, and benefits.