Mr Olivier Amar is a leading expert in the treatment of scarring and is at the forefront of innovation. He is Director of Research at the Cadogan Clinic and overseas a plastic surgery fellowship awarded by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
He says, “Scars are very common but can cause a great deal of unhappiness. Scars may occur as a result of accidents, acne, burns, diseases or surgery. As a doctor and a researcher, I am dedicated to the management, prevention and improvement of scars. I offer the most effective treatments for scarring as well as unique DNA Bilhi Skin Keloid testing to identify patients at risk of excessive scarring. I understand the emotional impact of scars and treat patients with empathy and discretion.”
We are all prone to scars. Scars form naturally as part of the healing process after skin trauma. However, every person and every wound scars differently. Scars can heal poorly if stitched quickly after an accident or emergency surgery, or because of trauma and damage to the tissue. Other reasons for poor scar healing may include leaving wounds untreated or exposing scars to the sun. Alternatively, you may scar excessively due to your genetics or skin type.
Mr Olivier Amar is highly experienced in scar management and offers many advanced treatments for existing scars. These include:
- Surgery to cut out excess scar tissue to leave a thinner, more unobtrusive scar
- Treatment of indented or depressed scars, such as acne scars. This type of scar is often ‘tethered’ to underlying tissues by tough fibres, in a similar way to a button on a mattress. Delicately cutting through these fibres permits the overlying skin to be released. Any remaining hollows can then be smoothed with fat transfer or filler as necessary (this treatment is called subcision)
- Laser treatment to support healing, to help flatten scars and reduce redness and thickness
- Specialist tattooing to restore natural-looking colour to pale scars
- Fat transfer to fill deep, hollow scars
- Steroid injections to soften and reduce thick, red scars
- Platelet Rich Plasma to improve healing and encourage normal collagen formation
- Radiofrequency treatment to support skin tightening and healing
Post-surgery, Mr Olivier Amar will monitor scar healing very carefully. A protocol may be initiated using steroid injections, silicone dressing and compression dressings to ensure the best possible result. This is particularly important if you have a history of scarring or your DNA test shows you are genetically prone to excess scarring.