Let’s talk about scars

Scars are a consequence of surgery. Patients are naturally concerned about the size and quality of a scar and the long term result. All scars will improve over time but never completely disappear. The ideal outcome is a flat pale scar that is barely discern able but not invisible.

Scar tissue is a normal result of the healing process and can be the result of injury, trauma or previous surgery. Scars are permanent in nature and can never be totally removed. However, different types of scars can be improved by using a variety of techniques. The overall goal of improvement is to minimize the appearance of the scar either by disguising it, relocating it, or reducing its prominence, so that it is less noticeable.

Procedures which can be used to improve the appearance of scars include steroid injections, silicone sheeting/gel therapy and various laser treatments. If these treatments do not provide a satisfactory result, a surgical scar revision may be indicated.

Depending on the type of scar you have, early intervention may or may not be required to prevent a bad scar from forming. Certain scars may improve with time and should be allowed to mature and completely heal prior to initiating surgical treatment. Dr Briggs will guide each patient to the appropriate treatment plan based on the type of scar, skin type and heritage.

Should you want to discuss any problems or issues relating to this article, please do not hesitate to send me an email at [email protected]

I trust this has been helpful on your journey to recovery.

Kind Regards

Jo
REGISTERED NURSE