Laser skin treatments for scars are long-lasting but may need to be repeated until you achieve the desired outcome.
Laser treatment for scars
Laser therapy uses focused beams of light to treat damaged areas on the body. It can remove vascular lesions and other growths as well as improve the appearance of scars.
Laser treatment for scars is an office procedure. We use various lasers such as a Pulsed Dye Laser to treat skin and to remove damaged skin cells and diminish scars. These include:
Laser scar treatments don’t make a scar disappear. Instead, they’re designed to make a scar appear less noticeable.
The body begins the process of repairing a wound after a skin injury. During this process, scars achieve a maturation period after initially showing signs of thickness and redness. However, depending on the depth and nature of the injury, a scar can heal more aggressively leading to keloids or hypertrophic scars.
These appear to be more red or raised than otherwise expected. When these become symptomatic or simply not cosmetically pleasing you may want to consider scar therapy.
Scar may fade or become lighter with time. When a scar becomes darker, redder or raised, laser treatments can be used to remove the outer layer of the damaged skin’s surface. They basically smooth the skin to improve tone and appearance, while removing redness at the same time.
These lasers are also used to target blood vessels in the scar tissue and reduce redness. They can also penetrate the skin’s surface to stimulate the production of new skin cells. This tends to reduce the thickness of scars along with symptoms such as itching, pain, or tenderness.
Procedures for laser treatments for scars
During your consultation, Dr. Priti Patel will decide the best procedure for improving a scar. Your options may include the following:
Typically, good candidates are in good health. Sunburn/active tan or other skin conditions may disqualify you from being an ideal candidate. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Priti Patel to determine if you are a good candidate.
Generally, scars left behind from acne, accidents, surgeries, and even some wrinkles can be improved with laser treatments. Scars can not be completely removed, though they can be made to look less noticeable.
Our practice uses a pulsed dye laser for symptomatic or painful scars so that we can target the thickness and redness in the scar. This tends to improve symptomatic concerns as well as improve the appearance over time.
Stretch marks or striae are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy, muscle building, or rapid gain of fat). Co2 lasers and RF microneedlng can help improve the appearance of stretch marks. Pulsed dye lasers can also be used.
The procedure feels like snapping of rubberband and usually tolerated well by most of the patients. But for sensitive individuals and at higher fluence levels, topical anesthesia with mixture of lidocaine for 60 minutes prior to the procedure may be needed. As an alternative, cold air or ice may be used to minimize discomfort.
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