Scarring, or rather potential scarring, is probably the single most important consideration that people have when they undergo surgery. And of course like any surgeon, it is important that I try to explain to patients what the likely scarring from any operation might be.

Firstly I explain the location of where they can expect the scars for any given operation. I also try to explain how long or extensive the scars will likely be. Thankfully with modern surgical techniques, scars have gradually and steadily reduced in size from years gone by with many scars being 5 cm or less. Nonetheless with operations like Abdominoplasties (or Tummy tucks as they are called) scars will be quite long, extending from hip bone to hip bone. However even these scars are usually situated quite low down, normally hidden beneath the pantyline.

And here is the thing. As Plastic Surgeons we are masters of deception! We constantly and regularly plan our scar sites in areas where other people’s gaze doesn’t naturally fall upon. So unless you know where to look, the casual onlooker is unlikely to notice these.

Having said all this, scar quality will always vary from individual to individual and guarantees or warranties are impossible to give. However, modern surgical techniques and expertise has allowed us to give any scar the best chance of healing, by careful tissue handling and suturing precisely but ultimately every individual will heal differently.

The good news however is that there are ways to improve scars in the post-operative period for everyone with the use of various creams, oils and substances and thus we always advise our patients accordingly. But in the end it is, as they say, that great phrase “time is the great healer” that plays the most important role. Given enough time and scar attention however, most scars soften, pale and make themselves quite inconspicuous.

Here you can see all images and videos of Mr Alex Karidis’ work alongside information directly from him. If you are keen to take a closer look at scar work or speak in more detail about anything included here please book a consultation with the Mr Karidis and mention this is what you would like to discuss ahead of your appointment so he can prepare the relevant images or information for you to see. How to book? Email: enquiries@karidis.co.uk.

DISCLAIMER: EVERY PATIENTS RESULTS AND HEALING RATES DIFFER. ALL THE IMAGES AND VIDEOS ARE ONLY EXAMPLES OF PATIENTS RESULTS FOLLOWING SURGERY WITH MR ALEX KARIDIS AND ARE NOT DEMONSTRATING GUARANTEED RESULTS.