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The Cadogan Clinic Scar Management Programme

Scar quality is important to us and to our patients.  Our approach is to manage scars before they become a problem so that patients don’t need to worry about them in the future.

All patients undergoing surgical procedures with us are eligible for this treatment, but this will be of particular interest to patients who could potentially have larger scars in areas of the body where they could be an issue.  In particular after breast surgery, abdominal reduction and face lifts. 

All patients also receive post-operative wound care and advice under the supervision of our Tissue Viability Nurse, Sabina.

We cannot guarantee a perfect scar, but we give your body the very best chance, and as soon as the wound is healed we institute specific Cadogan treatment: 

  • Silicone gel or sheets: this treatment came to us through burn management and is the only topical agent Burn Surgeons have proved helpful in reducing scars. We use Kelocote which contains a Sun Protection Factor.
  • ICON Fractional laser treatment: a new laser designed to mature scars and reducing redness and size and remove any surrounding hyperpigmentation, and is our preferred laser treatment for scar management.
  • LED light: a blue light which promotes the skin healing process by interacting with cells, stimulating them to produce new collagen and elastin, both of which are helpful in the treatment of scars.

Some patients may be advised to also undergo:

  • PRP: healing factors (platelet rich plasma) are taken from your own blood and injected them under the scar to promote healing and tissue rejuvenation.
  • Micro-needling: Also known as collagen induction therapy, this involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. These micro injuries are virtually painless and stimulate the body's natural wound healing processes resulting in increased collagen and elastin production, tissue regeneration and skin repair.
  • Steroid Injections: A highly effective treatment for lowering and taking inflammation out of established active scars and for those at risk of developing keloids.
  • Irradiation for keloids: a treatment via superficial radiotherapy to prevent keloids from forming post surgery. In the case of existing keloids, they can be excised and the new wound treated with irradiation to prevent a new one from forming.
  • Repair cream (Ticalfate, Cicaplast): a useful adjunct, but given for patient comfort rather than efficacy.

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