Scar Revision Claims
The team of experts here at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can help you claim the compensation you deserve if you have suffered as a result of negligent scar revision surgery.
Scar revision or reduction surgery is supposed to improve the appearance of scar tissue, but in some cases surgeons and clinics are unable to meet the standards that patients expect, causing further physical, emotional and psychological damage.
If this has happened to you, we are confident we can help you claim a financial reward. We were the first legal practice in England and Wales to specialise in cosmetic surgery negligence and since then we have had a 95% success rate in all cases we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence.
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About scar revision treatment
Scar revision and reduction surgery uses a variety of cosmetic non-surgical and surgical methods, and is typically performed following surgery or injury to make scars less noticeable.
Scars that need to be revised or reduced may also result from inflammatory diseases like acne or from the overproduction of collagen.
Below are the different types of scars that are commonly treated in this way:
Breast enlargement scars
After a surgical incision is made during a breast implant procedure, two types of breast enlargement scars may occur that indicate negligence:
- A keloid scar – an overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of a skin wound. The new tissue is elevated, rounded and firm
- A hypertrophic scar – a wound that heals to greater-than-normal size as a result of an aggressive lay down of collagen, contained in abnormally large skin cells.
Breast reduction scars
Complications leading to breast reduction scars are illustrated either around the nipple (areola), from one nipple to the crease below the breast, or from one breast bone to the armpit along the crease below the breast. Scarring of this kind that does not fade over time could be a symptom of negligence.
Eyelid surgery scars
Incisions made during eyelid procedures can result in scars, but these are usually within or near normal creases and folds of the upper and lower eyelids. Negligence is often illustrated by incisions that extend beyond the eyelid and are visible at the corner of the eye.
Facelift surgery scars
Facelift scars that are in front of, or behind, the ears can indicate negligence, usually due to removing too much skin or closing the incision with tension on the tissues.
Tummy tuck scars
Tummy tuck scars above the waistline that fail to flatten out or lighten in colour after 12 months, combined with ongoing numbness, could indicate the occurrence of negligence.
Brow lift scars
We have dealt with examples of surgery in which significant scars are evident that are not concealed behind the hairline or fail to diminish over time.
Scar revision and scar reduction procedures usually take between 30 minutes and an hour, normally under local anaesthetic.
Surface treatments are most often used to soften surface irregularities and reduce uneven pigmentation.
These procedures either mechanically remove the top layers of skin (epidermis) or change the nature of the tissue to provide cosmetic improvement of scars. Treatments include:
- Dermabrasion – a mechanical polishing of the skin, where the surgeon moves an instrument with a high-speed rotating wheel over the scar tissue and surrounding skin several times to ‘sand’ the skin surface down to the lowest level of scarring. New skin then grows over this area.
- Micro-dermabrasion – the surgeon uses a handheld instrument that brushes the patient’s skin with aluminum oxide crystals, and the skin flakes are removed through a vacuum tube. Microdermabrasion does not remove extensive scar tissue, but can make scars less noticeable.
- Laser or light therapy – causes changes to the surface of the skin to allow healthy skin to form over the scar.
- Chemical peel solutions – used to penetrate the skin’s surface and soften irregularities in skin texture and pigmentation.
Negligence & complications
After scar revision and reduction surgery, normal activities can usually be resumed shortly after the operation. Full healing may take up to two weeks, but the disappearance or reduction of the scar may take considerably longer.
If, however, it’s clear to you very quickly that your surgery has gone wrong, then you may be suffering from one of the following indicators of negligence:
- Inappropriate new scarring
- Altered pigmentation
- Other skin damage