Treatment of Scars

How Does Scarring Happen?

How Does Scarring Happen?

Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury. A scars’ appearance and its treatment depends on multiple factors, such as the nature of the injury, your skin colour and your age.

What Are Possible Treatments for Scars?

Scar treatments may include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription creams, ointments, or gels. These products can be used to treat scars that are caused by surgery, injuries or wounds. If you are under the care of Mr Timms and your scarring is from cosmetic or plastic surgery, ask Mr Timms for advice re scar treatments. Mr Timms can also recommend products to help treat scars or as preventive care.
  • Surgical removal or treatment. There are many options to treat deeper scars depending on your particular case. These include skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, or laser surgery. In a skin graft, the surgeon uses skin from another area of your body. If you’ve got scarring that impairs function, surgery can help address the functional problems. If you’ve recently had surgery that has caused scars, it is best to wait at least one year before making a decision about scar revision surgery. Many scars fade and become less noticeable over time.
  • You may get steroid injections to treat keloid or hypertrophic scars. Mr Timms may use this on its own or with other treatments such as Silicone sheeting.
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We would like to advise that during this uncertain and challenging time of COVID-19, Dr Timms is still caring for patients who require urgent care. He will also be performing Category 1 & 2 procedures as per hospital and health department guidelines.

Please continue undertaking self breast checks and skin checks and contact your GP if you have any concerns. The care undertaken in our consulting rooms is done so with your safety as priority. Telephone consultations are also available if this is a more suitable and required approach to accessing care.

Stay safe and well,
Dr Ian Timms & Team