Whether due to acne, burns, injuries, or past surgeries, scars are among the most difficult forms of skin damage to live with. These marks affect your appearance continuously, forcing you to relive the incident that caused them. Scars are particularly harmful when they appear on your face or other prominent parts of your body. While some manage to hide their scars with makeup, the larger and more prominent they are, the more difficult it is to play them down.
Many people who have scars assume that they cannot do anything about them other than to get used to them. Although there is nothing wrong with learning to love your new appearance, it is simply not true that you cannot improve the look of a scar. By using advanced laser techniques, we may be able to improve the size, color and overall appearance of the scar . These safe, simple procedures eliminate the damage at its source, giving your skin a new beginning.
Laser procedures come in a variety of different forms, each suited to healing different types of scars. The most common treatments include:
Once our laser treatments are complete, we recommend that you wash the affected area carefully with a mild soap and then gently pat it dry. If we bandage the treated area, change the dressings according to our instructions. Your skin should begin to heal within a few days, and the full effects of the treatment will become apparent over a period of several weeks.
Laser scar treatments typically have few negative side effects, and it is usually possible for you to go about your daily routine immediately afterwards. There is a relatively small risk of infection, for which we will give you ointments, antibiotics, or other treatments that you can apply to the affected area. We also recommend that you avoid sun exposure in the weeks after the treatment, as this can raise the risk of hypo- and hyperpigmentation.
It is common to experience discomfort or pain in the treated area. To keep this under control, we may recommend oral pain relief medications. Let us know if you experience severe and persistent pain after treatment and we can discuss more potent relief options.
For most laser scar treatment patients, we follow you closely until the treated area has healed, typically 3 to 5 days. After that we recommend scheduling another appointment within two months of the original procedure. This will allow us to make sure that the scars are healing properly and that you have avoided infection and sun damage. If you underwent CO2 or YAG treatment, we can determine whether you need an additional procedure to fully eliminate the scars.
The Advantages of Laser Scar Treatments
Laser treatments are just one option out of many to get rid of scars. Compared to gels, cryosurgery, soft fillers, and other methods, lasers have a number of advantages, including:
For all its benefits, laser scar revision is not suitable for all patients. In particular, you should be careful about pursuing it if you:
Despite these issues, laser scar revision is a safe and effective solution for many different patients. By taking advantage of this method, you can restore your appearance from the effects of even the most serious scars.