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SCAR IMPROVEMENT

Any injury, if it goes deeply enough through the surface of the skin or indeed any surgical incision, will heal with a scar. All scars go through a natural process of maturation, which will hopefully leave you with a fine, inconspicuous scar. Throughout our lives we heal differently due to the hormonal changes which occur from childhood through to old age. It is not possible to predict accurately how any particular person will heal and scar, but we know that certain skin types have a tendency to produce abnormal scarring. For instance, people with dark skin have an increased risk of producing very prominent scars known as "hypertrophic" and "keloid" scars. This type of scarring is also more likely to occur in certain areas of the body, like the chest and shoulders.

The aim of all surgery is to achieve scars which are as inconspicuous as possible. However, when healing follows an injury or even planned incisions in the risk groups described, the resultant scars can be very unpredictable and may cause considerable distress, and affect self-esteem, self-confidence and social interaction.

Plastic surgery revision may be able to improve the appearance of the scar and thereby improve self-esteem and quality of life. However, not all scars can be improved and if not carefully assessed by someone experienced in scar revision, there is a significant possibility of worsening the appearance.

Alternative and less invasive forms of treatment, such as injection of a scar with steroid or application of a clear silicone film over the scar may actually be more appropriate for certain scars, particularly those which are of the hypertrophic or keloid type.

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