Scar Revision for Men
Helping improve the appearance of scars
We all have scars on our body, especially men from childhood injuries, burns or other wounds. In some cases these scars can make men feel self-conscious especially if the scar is in a more noticeable place.
We offer a range of treatments that can help improve the appearance of your scar/s and make you feel more confident in yourself again.
What is a scar?
A scar is a mark left by a healed wound, sore, acne or a burn. Scars are very common in men and most people have at least one on their body. They are a natural part of the healing process.
What treatments are available for men to improve the look of scars?
To determine the treatment our medical professional will look at your scar in your initial consultation and decide what treatment they believe is the most appropriate to give you the best result.
There are many ways to classify scars, however at Zenith Cosmetic Clinics we split them into 3 types to make it easier to understand and treat, as scarring is an extremely complex area. A very simplified description is below:
The 3 main types of scars
- Surgical Scars
- Non-Surgical Scars caused by Acne and Chicken Pox
- Burns Scars (from heat, lasers or chemicals)
Once we have diagnosed your scar as a Surgical Scar, we can then categorise this into 2 further groups. Hypertrophic confined to the boundary of the wound. Keloids extend outside the boundary of the wound. We have split these out for you below:
Hypertrophic Scars usually settle down with time, although this can be many years. If they do not settle then there are some options:
Sometimes the wound can be cut out and re-stitched by a plastic surgeon, giving a much better finish. In the right situation this is a very useful method.
We can accelerate scar healing, but also improve outcomes using the Fraxel Laser treatment. The sooner we can start the Fraxel Laser treatment the better. Recent research shows that if you use it before planned surgery, across where you intend to cut then there is no scar at all.
This is a complex area, please book a consultation to see our doctor who will go through the options.
Keloids are a completely different matter. Once presented they are life long and can grow at any time. They unfortunately cannot be cured, but just simply put to sleep! Nobody really knows why they grow, but they are basically a lump of collagen being produced by Fibroblasts that are out of control. Fibroblasts are in the deep dermis layer of skin, Keratinocytes make up the epidermis
Burns fall into 3 categories:
- 1st Degree damages superficial skin, the epidermis. Causes superficial redness that can be sore but settles and rarely leaves a scar.
- 2nd Degree damages epidermis and deeper skin layer the dermis. Causes a blister and usually scars to some extent, genetics and aftercare determine to what extent scarring occurs.
- 3rd Degree causes damage to all layers of skin and possibly deeper tissues. Leaves an open wound and will usually need a skin graft as it will not usually heal by itself.
How to treat scars
The most important factor is to correctly assess and diagnose the type and cause of a scar to ensure the correct treatment is used. Unless the Practitioner is extremely skilled and experienced in this area, the wrong treatment will often do more harm than good.
Treatment of Non-Surgical scars
For treatments of Acne Scars, please do visit our page on Acne Scarring.
Treatment of Burns scars
When it comes to healing and treating scars from burns, there are recent advances in stem cells. However, this requires a case-by-case discussion with the Doctor, best at 1 year post injury.
Treatment of Keloid Scars
For those people who get Keloids quite commonly, then unfortunately nothing really helps. For example, with a cat scratch resulting in a Keloid scar instead of scabbing and healing. However, people who get Keloids with provocation, but not normally will find that most treatments will work but sometimes need to use Botox instead of just steroids on their own, or the Cutera Laser.
Those who get Keloids only with extreme provocation eg. Major surgery with infected wounds etc. will find that most simple treatments work.
All Keloids need great care and caution. They can become a much bigger problem, and therefore each person needs to be examined with care and a proper medical history taken. We have developed a protocol for injections and this works in most patients, in combination with Lasers that can help reduce the colour.
Excision – cutting Keloids off surgically has a 50% recurrence. If Keloids are removed from ear lobes, the success rate is higher.
Radiation Therapy – Keloids do often come back despite this treatment and unfortunately there is also a risk of cancer as this is the therapy used for cancers. We DO NOT advise this method.
Freezing – very expensive, and high recurrence rate can make scars worse. Best avoided.
Before Scar Revision for Men Treatment
You will meet with your Surgeon and Surgical Coordinator before your surgery which will help you to feel comfortable and safe, and allow you to ask as many questions as you like! During your initial consultation, you will be assessed by our plastic surgeon to see your suitability for the procedure and to discuss the possible risks and complications. You will have a second consultation with our surgeon. The Surgeon will confirm what is expected and you will then be asked to sign a patient consent form.
Once all agreed, you will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet us again to go through your medical history, take your measurements (height, weight, BMI) and perform a Bloods and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
Why choose Zenith for Scar Revision for Men
- Theatre on site – no need to travel elsewhere
- Overnight stay available, if appropriate
- Surgeons are Consultant level and are fully registered with BAAPS AND BAPRAS
- 3D Scanning to allow you to see what results you can expect
- All consultations and reviews are included in the price
- All Consultants are UK trained
- 24/7 clinical aftercare
- Rated as OUTSTANDING by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in providing care to our patients in a safe and effective manner
- 99% patient satisfaction rates
- 0% and other Finance options available
To find out more information about these individual treatments to treat scars please visit the specific pages to read about the treatments in more detail.
What causes a Keloid?
It is not known why some people get a keloid as a result of an injury and others do not. We know that some types of skin and some parts of the body are more prone than others.
Will my scar be completely gone and my skin look normal again?
Scar treatments are very difficult and complex, responses are also variable so each individual responds slightly differently.
How do I know which treatment I need?
When you come in for your initial consultation our medical professional will examine your scar and advise what method would be best to give you your desired outcome.
Are scars common in men?
Scars are extremely common in men. There are a range of different ways where we can get scars including from an injury or burns.
How long do scars last?
Although scars are permanent they gradually become smoother and softer and can fade over a period of up to 2 years.
Making treatments affordable
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Patients are often concerned about affordability of a treatment. To help alleviate this concern we provide flexible payment plans to suit your budget.
We can offer six months 0% interest option for any procedure over the value of £2500. Interest bearing options are also available if you wish to spread your payments over a longer period of up to 5 years. Please contact our team on 0115 959 6999 for further details or click the link below.
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