The problem: Scars caused by surgery, burns, tattoos or traumatic injury are usually permanent and can cause a great deal of embarrassment, with some people going to great lengths to cover them up. The good news is we offer a number of treatments here at The Private Clinic which can dramatically improve the appearance of scars.
The treatment: The type of scar revision treatment you opt for will depend on the size, location and character of your scar. It will also depend on your reasons for having treatment in the first place, i.e. is your scar causing you distress because of its appearance or is it causing you an actual physical problem.
We offer three main treatments:
Steroid treatment: This involves injecting a steroid called triamconolone into the scar. It is usually used in the treatment of keloid scars and after 4 to 6 sessions should produce excellent results. The keloids become flat, while the colour matches that of the surrounding skin.
Laser skin resurfacing: The revolutionary Pixel Laser is particularly effective in the treatment of acne scarring and pitted scars. This laser therapy uses heat to remove the very top layer of your skin, stimulating the growth of healthy new skin.
Surgical scar excision: This technique is used to reposition or reduce the size of the scar. The techniques we use include:
- Excision and direct skin closure involves cutting the scar out and then is drawing and stitching the surrounding skin together to form a new, neater scar.
- Excision and repositioning involves cutting the scar out and changing the direction so that it runs along a natural, relaxed skin tension line.
- Excision and skin grafting involves cutting out the scar and replacing it with a skin graft from a healthy part of the body. Skin grafts can be partial or full thickness.
Downtime: There is no downtime with Pixel laser or steroid treatment, however you may need to rest up for a day or two after surgical scar excision.
Our team: We are the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced doctors and surgeons in the country working with us. Many cosmetic clinics will be unable to treat patients with darker skin due to the specific skills required and the difficulty of achieving the desired results. However, our doctors have successfully treated hundreds of patients with darker skin and have the experience needed to deliver excellent results every time.
At The Private Clinic you will be able to receive a medical assessment as well as treatment all under the same roof in our state of the art minor surgery rooms.