Laser Scar Removal
Laser scar removal is an excellent treatment option for removing unwanted scars. Scars are extremely common and generally form as a result of some sort of trauma such as an injury or fire damage. They can also be left following skin conditions such as acne or chicken pocks and they can significantly affect a person’s cosmetic appearance.
Laser scar removal is effective against most scar types and the most common ones that are treated are as follows:
Keloid Scarring: These are the reddish-purple scars that are typically caused by traumatic injury. The scar generally extends beyond the initial wound area and they are therefore quite noticeable.
Hypertrophic Scarring: These are raised pink scars that remain within the initial wound area and often fade over time.
Atrophic Scarring: This type of scarring is typically caused from acne and skin conditions such as chicken pocks. The scars tend to be pin like depressions in the skin and respond well to laser scar removal.
Types of Laser Scar Removal:
Different clinics will use different lasers to produce the best results and the decision is generally based on the type of scar that needs treating. Typically the procedure is performed using a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort.
Fractional lasers: There are many different types of factional lasers and clinics will generally have their preference as to which one to use. Fractional lasers work by creating tiny wounds in the deep layers of the skin whilst still leaving untreated surrounding skin. This facilitates the natural wound healing response which improves the appearance of the scar. Fractional lasers can be used to treat all types of scars and are therefore the most commonly used. There tends to be very little recovery time with fractional lasers as the outer layer of skin (epidermis) is not treated. The fact that only part of the skin is treated also means that recovery time is kept to a minimum.
Ablative lasers: As is the case with fractional lasers there are many different types of ablative lasers and they generally work by removing the outer layer of the skin to improve the appearance of the scars. They work best on acne scars as these tend to be more superficial and ablative laser tends to even out the depressions in the skin. There tends to be a longer period of downtime following ablative laser scar removal as the outer layer of skin (epidermis) is removed which will need time to heal.
There are constantly newer technologies being developed for scar removal and the results are continually improving. Most of the latest lasers used require very little downtime and the procedure itself is practically painless. Not all scars can be removed and for this reason it is important to have a consultation with your practitioner so they can assess whether you are suitable for treatment. During a consultation your practitioner will also advise you on the likely results you can expect from the treatment as some scars cannot be 100% removed.
How Much Does Laser Scar Removal Cost?
The cost of the treatment will vary depending on the size and type of the scar and you can read following link for more information on this: What does laser scar removal cost?