Scars & keloids


Welcome to Tees Plastic Surgery, one of the regions leading clinics providing plastic surgery

procedures to improve scars and keloid scars.

All our procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What are scars and keloids?

Whenever you cut your skin, after injury or surgery, the result is a scar. Most wounds heal well and leave a neat, fine-line scar. Unfortunately some scars do not settle quite as well as hoped. Factors that affect the quality of a scar include your genes and general health, the type of wound, the thickness of the injury*, where it is on your body and how it was initially treated.

*Research done by Chris Dunkin at Oxford University and Stoke Mandeville Hospital showed that injury to greater than a third of the depth of the skin results in a visible scar (Dunkin CSJ. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007;119(6):1722-32). pubmed/17440346)

Facial scars

Facial scars can settle beautifully, particularly if hidden by a Plastic Surgeon in your 'smile lines'. However they can be a problem if they end up elsewhere. Scars on the face can be improved with scar revision or other techniques such as dermabrasion or microneedling. These can normally be done as a straight forward procedure with you awake using local anaesthetic as a day case.

Abdominal (tummy) scars.

Women often come to see us to discuss problems with caesarian section scars. These can stick down and or pucker, causing the skin above to hang down over the scar. Our patients don't like this, particularly when it is visible through their clothing. Some abdominal scars can be improved with scar revision. Sometimes the lower abdomen can be improved with mini-abdominoplasty or abdominoplasty. We will discuss this with you if it is the best 

Tummy button improvement.

Sometimes referred to as an "outy" or "inny", your tummy button (umbilicus) is the only scar you are born with. Some people don't like the size or shape of their tummy button and this can be improved with a small procedure.

Hypertrophic scars

Occasionally after an earlier surgical procedure or injury, scars can become hypertrophic. If your scar is red, raised, lumpy, itchy and tender then this may be the problem. The good news is that this normally settles down on its own. Scar massage can help. Moisturising cream is good for this. Bio-oil may be better. If your scar fails to settle then there are other things we can do to help, such as silicone therapy and steroids.

Keloid scars

Keloid scars are even less common and tend to be seen in patients that are prone to this sort of problem. There is no cure for keloid scars but there are lots of things we can do to help.

What happens at my consultation?

Your appointment will be with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin. This initial assessment includes a full medical history and examination. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. Following your first consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again to get you ready for your procedure. 

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant-delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington.

Please contact us on 0844 272 5951 for a consultation
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