Scars can result from injury, from disease or from surgery and form a permanent mark in the skin. Some scars heal and fade very well (usually over about 9 to 12 months) but others may be obvious because they are wide, badly orientated, discoloured and/or thickened.
Quite often something can be done to improve their appearance. This may range from application of silicone gel or sheeting to the surface, with or without compression to a series of steroid injections into the scar. Sometimes laser treatment may be tried, whilst surgical scar revision by scar removal and painstaking repair is the best approach in some cases. In addition professional advice on cosmetic camouflage can also be very helpful.
Mr Matthews is able to advise on these approaches. Surgical treatment can be carried out on an outpatient or Day Case basis, usually under local anaesthetic, with or without sedation, or completely asleep under general anaesthesia. Naturally, the fresh surgical scar then requires time to fully settle down and mature to give the finished result.