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Scar repair

About scar repair

Normal scars send a "stop" signal upon closure of the wound and completion of repair. When this "stop" sign is absent or does not work, the repair process continues and scar is formed. Scar formation after surgery or trauma is also formed in this way. The main cause is increased tension when pulled.

Although scars tend to naturally get better very slowly (over 2-5 years), this is not the case for keloids. Furthermore, scars do not go over the edges of the wound, whilst keloids do. Treatment and outcome may differ, so it is crucial to differentiate. (find out more about keloids)

Please book a consultation to discuss treatment plans.

Methods of scar treatment

There are many different methods available, such as surgical excision, surgical extension (Z-plasty, W-plasty), intralesional steroid injection, silicone gel sheeting, pressure therapy, laser therapy, etc. In the case of surgical excision, adjuvant therapy post-surgery is required. Furthermore, laser therapy requires multiple rounds. Therefore, it is important to weigh various factors and decide on the treatment method best suited to the patient.

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