As part of our long-term care and reconstructive services, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America offers several treatment options for scar revision and management, including lasers, silicone and pressure.

Scar management at BRCA can include gradual scar revisions or more invasive procedures that can help reconstruct a patient’s injuries.

What is scar contracture?

At BRCA, our surgeons work closely with patients and physical therapists to implement preventive care plans to reduce the possibility of scar contractures through positioning, splinting and exercising the at-risk areas. In addition, BRCA offers management that ranges from medical massages and injections of certain medications through physical therapy and laser and other tissue rearrangements or new graft insertion. Your strategy for recovery will include plans between you and the surgical team to see what the best option for you is.

How does laser therapy help?

Laser scar revisions can assist with:

  • Loosening of scars to improve range of motion
  • Decrease itching
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve appearance of the scarred area

Types of scars

Laser technology is a preferred treatment choice for both hypertrophic and atrophic scars.

Hypertrophic

Hypertrophic scars have texture and are raised because of excessive collagen formation.

Atrophic

Atrophic scars are depressions in a patient’s skin caused by inflammatory skin conditions, such as chicken pox or cystic acne.

What scar therapy does BRCA offer?

Scar treatments at BRCA include the Fractional CO2 Laser and Intense Pulsed Light techniques.

  • Fractional CO2 — The Fractional CO2 Laser treatment used at BRCA uses ablative fractional resurfacing, which works by making pinpoint holes in the scarred skin and then remodeling the skin through the creation or stimulation of collagen. This technique is used for exaggerated hypertrophic scars, but it can also benefit patients with wrinkles, acne scars or sagging facial tissue.
  • Intense Pulsed Light — Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a non-ablative treatment that uses a spectrum of light to target specific colors in your skin. IPL uses energy to heat the skin and remove unwanted cells, sending out multiple wavelengths simultaneously to treat a range of skin conditions. IPL therapy is non-invasive and treatments typically take a few minutes at a time.

While some scars need multiple treatments, IPL is recommended for patients with:

  • Facial redness
  • Birthmarks
  • Dark spots, or liver spots
  • Facial vines and broken capillaries
  • Rosacea

Please speak with our team if you are not sure what type of scar you have, or if you want to learn more about laser scar revision or other treatments that can help with you scar.