As part of our long-term care and reconstructive services, we offer laser scar revision treatments. Our surgeons tailor treatment plans based on the type and appearance of the scar and level of a patient’s injury. Laser scar revisions can assist with loosening of scars to improve range of motion, decrease itching and pain from scars and offer an improved appearance of the scarred area.
Patients often see results from the laser therapy within days of the initial treatment and usually feel minimal side-effects or discomfort. Improvements may continue with additional treatments, providing short- and long-term benefits for our patients. Laser technology is a preferred treatment choice for both hypertrophic and atrophic scars.
Hypertrophic scars have texture and are raised because of over excessive collagen formation. The most common side effect of treatment is red or purple discoloration on the skin, which may be seen for several days. Swelling of the treated area may occur, but usually decreases within a few days. After treatment, a patient’s skin is sensitive and it’s very important to limit exposure to the sun to avoid damaging the treated area.
Atrophic scars are depressions in a patient’s skin caused by inflammatory skin conditions, such as chicken pox or cystic acne. The goal of the treatment is to reduce the scar’s depressions and promote the production of new collagen to help fill in the depressions. The most common side effects of treatment include redness, swelling and drainage. After treatment, the patient’s skin is sensitive and it’s very important to limit exposure to the sun to avoid damaging the treated area.
Please speak with our team if you are not sure what type of scar you have or if you want to learn if laser scar revision treatments can help with your scar.