Scars can form when the deep, thick layer of skin called the dermis is damaged due to trauma. The body goes into action and forms new collagen, which is a naturally occurring protein in the body to mend the damage caused by the trauma, resulting in a scar.
Scars form when the wound is completely healed and the scar tissue that has formed will have a different texture and often colour than the surrounding tissue. Depending on how your body heals your scars maybe different, but most scars with time become flat and pale. In some cases, when the body has produced too much collagen during the healing process the scars can be raised and these are called Hypertrophic or Keloid scars.
What is Keloid scarring?
A keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple colour.
Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not regress over time. It is not fully understood why or how keloid scars form. Skin trauma appears to be the most common cause, although scars can also form for no apparent reason.
Some keloid scars can not be surgically removed so it is better to discuss your particular needs at a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
What is Scar Revision surgery?
Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are unavoidable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unpredictable. Scar Revision surgery is performed to minimise the scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture.
Poor healing may contribute to scars that are obvious, unsightly or disfiguring. Even a wound that heals well can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Scars may be raised or recessed, different in colour or texture from surrounding healthy tissue or particularly noticeable due to their size, shape or location.
Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic result or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased.
What can I do to help my scars heal?
Although everyone’s body heals differently, there are things that you can do to help aid your bodies natural healing process and get the best results.
- Don’t be tempted to pick the scabs that have formed whilst the wound is still healing as this could let to a risk of infection and the scar not healing as neatly. Scabs form over the scar to provide a protective barrier for the wound underneath, so if you are concerned please see your surgeon who will be able to advise if they’re ready to be removed.
- Don’t smoke – smoking can have an impact on the results of your final scar outcome.
- Use a cream.
- Follow the post surgery instructions – It is important that you follow any instructions given to you by your medical professional.
- Use a Plastic or Cosmetic surgeon to perform scar revision surgery.
- Avoid putting your scars in direct sunlight or under sunbeds whilst they are healing.
What does the Concept™ Facelift scar look like?
Bella Vou’s very own cosmetic surgeon, Mr Amir Nakhdjevani has developed a revolutionary local anaesthetic facelift known as the Concept™ Facelift.
This innovative procedure combines the latest surgical techniques with the use of local anaesthetic to dramatically reduce the risks associated with traditional facelifts, while significantly reducing the bruising and downtime of your recovery from months to a matter of days, but what really amazes people is the lack of visible scars that are virtually invisible once healed.
What other benefits are there when opting for the Concept™ Facelift?
- There is minimal bruising and swelling, especially when compared to traditional facelifts.
- As the procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, you can go straight home following the procedure.
- Full recovery in a matter of weeks rather than months.
- Significantly less risk than Facelifts performed under general anaesthetic.
- Fresh, youthful and long lasting results.
What about a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) scar?
We spoke with Lead Plastic Surgeon Mr Amir Nakdjevani and asked him where the scar will be placed on the body and how long it will take to mature. Listen to his response in the video below.