Scar Revision

Every time the skin is cut or damaged through its full thickness it will heal with a scar. The scar is the result of the body’s natural repair process. During the wound healing process, all scars become red, raised and lumpy before going through a period of colour changes a texture changes until they finally mature into thin white lines. For some people, and in certain parts of the body, this process of scar maturation takes only a few months whilst in others and in different parts of the body (e.g. the middle of the chest), the process can take up to 2 years before the scar finally matures. Occasionally, the scar can stay red for much longer. It is difficult to predict who is going to produce a bad scar, but in general, patients with black skin or with fair freckled skin and red hair are more likely to make hypertrophic scars (thick red scars that last longer than 18 months) and keloid scars (very thick scars which spread out from the original wound). These are notoriously difficult to treat.

Scars can look conspicuous for a number of reasons. For example, the scar may be irregular in shape; it may have pigment/ or dirt tattooed into it if the wound was not cleaned correctly; it may not have been sutured correctly; the wound may have got infected during the healing process; the scar may have stretched due to tension on the wound while it was healing; the direction of the scar may be out of line with the natural skin creases. In these cases it may be possible to perform a scar revision to produce a cosmetically better scar. Scar revisions are usually done under local anaesthesia. The old scar is excised and the wound sutured using plastic surgery techniques. Sometimes a specific technique called a Z-plasty is used to change the direction of an abnormal scar. Depending on the location of the scar revision, dissolving stitches or stitches that need to be removed may be used.

Scar Revision


Length of surgery:
1 hour
Local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic
Overnight or day case:
Day case
1-7 days off work;
No heavy lifting/gym/sport for 4 weeks
1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months

Frequently asked questions

Not all scars are suitable for a scar revision. Suitability is a matter for you and Mr Johnson to discuss in clinic, following a thorough analysis of your medical history and a thorough clinical consultation.

The surgery aims to improve the appearance of the scar by making the scar thinner, flatter and paler and therefore less conspicuous.

Before the procedure (if performed under Local anaesthesia) or during the procedure (if performed under general anaesthesia), a mixture of quick acting and long lasting local anaesthetic injections will be given to numb the skin so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during or following the procedure. The numbing effects last several hours. When you get home following the procedure you should take regular paracetamol (making sure you have not exceeded the recommended dose).

The scar from the scar revision itself will become red, raised and lumpy before going through a period of colour changes a texture changes until they finally mature into thin white lines. For some people, and in certain parts of the body, this process of scar maturation takes only a few months whilst in others and in different parts of the body it can take up to 2 years before the scar finally matures. Only when the scar revison fully matures will you be able to appreciate the final result. The scar revision will be long lasting.

Any operation carries with it the risk of complication. Major complications, however, are uncommon following a scar revision. During your initial consultation Mr Johnson will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of surgery. Fortunately, with correct patient selection and appropriate procedure selection, the risks are kept to an absolute minimum. It is important that you should be reassured that Mr Johnson will not agree to perform any cosmetic procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.

Mr Johnson will come and see you on the ward after your surgery. After you have been discharged Mr Johnson will arrange to see you in clinic after 7-10 days to review the wounds. He will then make arrangements to see you in clinic for longer term follow up appointments. You will be given contact details for the hospital and Mr Johnson’s secretary should you wish at any time to discuss further aspects of your care or make additional arrangements for review.

Treatment costs

Initial consultation


Scar revision

The exact surgery cost will be confirmed after your consultation. This will include the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees.

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Booking a consultation

To book an appointment to see Mr Johnson please contact his private secretary and practice manager:

Marcia Pillai
Tel: 07780 514777

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