Scar improvement starts here
At The Scar Clinic Perth we are dedicated to helping you regain confidence by using the latest technology and years of expertise to improve the way your scar looks, feels and functions.
The Scar Clinic Perth is a private medical and surgical practice specialising in the treatment of scars in adults and children. We are a team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons experienced in multi-modal reconstructive scar treatments including laser and surgery. We exclusively perform scar surgery, laser treatment and scar therapy – this is our unique area of expertise and we focus on delivering a quality professional service.
Our combined wealth of experience treating problem scars is centred on helping our patients improve their physical and psychological health post-trauma and enabling scars and scarred areas of their body to look, feel and function better.
Dr. Suzanne Rea
Dr Suzanne Rea is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital, and a clinician scientist with a special interest in burn surgery and the treatment of complex scars. Dr Rea has initiated and established a laser scar treatment service for burns patients. She has seen the value of this treatment in non burn scars and is excited to offer this service to patients with problematic scarring from surgery, trauma or self harm.
Dr. Helen Douglas
Dr Helen Douglas is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon working in Perth, Western Australia and specialising in burns, scarring and laser treatments. Helen works in public and private practice; she is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in both the adult (Fiona Stanley Hospital) and children’s (Perth Children’s Hospital) burn units and has extensive experience in reconstructive surgery and laser treatment of scars.
Dr. Anna Goodwin-Walters
We know how challenging it can be to have a scar that gives you problems.
We understand the trauma that often goes with it. We want to help.
Discover the possibilities with our specialised services and take the first step towards scar improvement.
Laser scar treatment
Scars can be treated in lots of ways – laser treatment fires beams of light energy into your scar to try to help the scar tissue settle down. If you have a raised, red, lumpy or tight scar then laser might help improve the scar.
Surgical scar revision
Surgical scar revision means operating on your scar to improve the way it looks, feels and moves. This would include cutting out the scar and re-aligning the way the scar sits, changing tension or shape to make it softer, or addressing volume or pigment issues.
Scar therapy encompasses all the multi-modal non-invasive techniques used to improve your scar, before, during and after any surgical or laser intervention. It can assist to improve the way scars look, move and feel.
What types of scar do we treat ?
Post surgical scar
Linear scar lines
Frequently asked questions
Discover comprehensive answers to your questions and gain insights into our specialised approach to scar management.
What is CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Laser - Ablative Fractional CO2 laser?
CO2 laser is a cutting-edge technology in the field of medicine, revolutionising medical and surgical skin treatments.
How is it used in medical practice?
CO2 laser is used to treat the following:
- Scar improvement.
- Skin pigmentation issues.
- Pre-cancerous skin lesions.
- Skin resurfacing (to remove fine lines and wrinkles).
- As a precise surgical cutting instrument.
How does the CO2 laser work on scars?
- The CO2 laser works by emitting a concentrated beam of light at a specific wavelength that is selectively absorbed by water molecules within the skin.
- When the laser energy interacts with these water molecules, it generates heat, vaporising targeted tissue with remarkable precision.
- This controlled damage to the skin prompts it to rejuvenate and heal, stimulating collagen remodelling.
- This results in the gradual improvement of scars over time, making them feel and look better.
What is ablative laser?
- Ablative laser treatments remove the skin’s outermost layers, while non-ablative lasers work by heating underlying tissues without causing visible damage to the surface.
- Ablative lasers are used for more severe skin conditions and produce more significant effects on the skin than non-ablative lasers.
- The CO2 laser used at The Scar Clinic is an ablative laser.
What is fractionated laser?
- Fractionation is a way of delivering the laser energy to the skin.
- Instead of leaving a larger raw surface when removing the outer skin layers, the fractionated laser heats tiny columns of skin (called microthermal zones or MTZs), whilst leaving undamaged columns of skin next to the treated area.
- This means the skin heals very quickly from the laser – in a few days – reducing the risks of prolonged healing, pigmentation change, infection and scarring.
- This had been a total game-changer for the treatment of scars and has been used in our service for over a decade now.