What is it?

Scars are formed after an injury or surgical incision disrupts the integrity of the skin.  The resultant healing process leads to an excessive formation of abnormal collagen known as scar tissue.  Some people are prone to keloid scarring – a condition of excessive scar tissue formation.

Scars are often unsightly and most people would prefer their scars to be unoticeable to others.

Treatment of scars to improve their appearance is often best achieved with a combination of treatments.  We use a combination of skin needling, Fraxel® laser, carboxy therapy, and steroid injections to decrease scar bulk and improve the appearance.

What areas can be treated?

Any area that has a scar can be treated.  Most scars will improve in appearance but they are unlikely to disappear completely.

Who is a good candidate for treatment?

Any patient who has a scar that bothers them is a good candidate for treatment.  We advise patients to wait a minimum of six weeks after an injury or surgical incision before embarking on scar treatment.  Large and unsightly scars may benefit from surgical revision, a process where the scar is excised surgically and the wound is resutured.  We will advise a patient if we think that a surgical revision is likely to give them a better result than treatments with other minimally invasive modalities that we offer. 

What does a treatment entail?

The area to be treated will be examined and documented, and an opinion given on what treatments are likely to give the best results.

Scars with keloid formation or excessive scar tissue benefit from steroid injections into the scar which help to de-bulk them.

Skin needling, Fraxel® laser, and carboxy therapy all help to improve the appearance and colour of a scar by disrupting the abnormal scar tissue and allowing normal collagen to gradually take it’s place.  Further information on all of these treatments is available under each individual treatment heading.  

Is there pain and downtime? 

We apply topical anaesthetic to the scar area prior to treatment which makes each treatment only mildly uncomfortable.

What do I need to do afterwards?

Daily application of a scar treatment cream is recommended.

When can I expect to see results?

Most patients see an improvement in scars within 2-3 treatments.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

Number and frequency of treatments is determined by the size and severity of the scar.  A treatment plan will be discussed with each patient individually.

Improves appearance of scars

De-bulk keloid scars

Improvement in colour

Improvement in mobility

Improves self-esteem

Feel more comfortable with your body

Injury scars

Surgical scars


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Hyde Park

Tel:  011 788 7910

Email: info@aestheticson5th.co.za