Scar Management & Physiotherapy/Surgical Needling as Scar Treatment

Surgical needling can improve the texture, pigmentation and volume of scars

Surgical needling as scar treatment is the use of a dermal roller with up to 3mm needles of which is passed over the scar a number of times in a pattern of directions with the end result of pinpoint bleeding. Surgical needling can be very effective in improving the texture, pigmentation as well as volume of scars. This can be performed under local anaesthetic if the area is small, or sedation is used for larger areas.  

Post treatment products in the form of vitamin oil are provided at your first appointment to be used as aftercare throughout the course of treatment.

Surgical needling uses 3mm needles which differs to typical micro-needling whereby the needle length is on average between 0.5-1.5mm. By penetrating the skin deeper this stimulates the dermal remodelling and encourages the production of collagen allowing for quicker and more effective results. 

Approximately 4-6 weeks after the first treatment you may start to see a small improvement, however it is important to note this treatment should be undertaken as a course in order to achieve optimum results. Typically, 3-6 treatments are recommended for scars.  

Your surgeon will determine exact timeframes based on your scars needs and initial appearance. Typically, treatments are spaced anywhere between 3-8 weeks apart. 

Procedure Overview

  • Surgical technique to reduce, fade and improve the appearance of scarring 
  • Burns, surgical scars, self-harm, pigmentation 
  • Typical recovery period of 1-2 weeks 
  • Performed by highly skilled, specialist plastic surgeon with expertise scar treatments 


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