Laser Scar Treatment
Modern laser technology has meant that scar treatment is more successful than ever before. It works by targeting the skin area that was penetrated by surgical incisions or otherwise underwent dermal changes that resulted in the formation of a scar. Most lasers designed for scar treatment are fraxel lasers which means that the surrounding skin is not affected and only the scarred area is treated to promote rapid collagen growth and the growth of new and healthy skin.
Usually, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the area to be treated. The actual laser treatment can last anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. The procedure is described as feeling like a prickling sensation, comparable to feeling as though your skin has been sunburnt. You may also have some itching but this should disappear within a few hours after the treatment.
Short pulses of micro-fine laser is applied directly on the area, probing deep into the skin to treat its support structure. From here, the body’s natural processes of healing take over, as it removes older, damaged tissue, so it can renew it with collagen and elastin.
Q. Is laser scar treatment suitable for everyone?
A. Any skin type, even extremely light or dark skin, can undergo this procedure. Surgical and acne scars on any part of the body, including the face, can be treated.
Q. How many treatments are required to get optimal results?
A. It is suggested that suitable results are usually gained within 3-7 treatments, however you should discuss your individual needs with your practitioner. Results are apparent in as little as a few days post-treatment however collagen production can lead to an improvement in results for several months after treatment.
Q. What are the side effects?
A. Swelling, redness or itching on the area treated is normal. You may be advised to apply a cold compress on the treated area to help you feel more comfortable and to minimise swelling. Swelling can last for as long as a few days after the procedure, however can disappear in as little as an hour or two.