The Role of Laser Therapy in Scar Management

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Even a seemingly small scar can impact your self-confidence, changing how you see yourself. Scars can also affect your life in other ways, including preventing you from wearing certain clothing styles, making you skip activities you used to enjoy, and even limiting your motion.

However, there are now several options for reducing the appearance of scars, one of which is laser treatment. 

Laser Treatment for Scars: What is It and How Does it Work?

Before we can talk about how laser scar removal works, let’s briefly review what causes scars. Understanding this is essential to learn more about laser scar treatment.

What Causes Scars?

A scar is an injury or trauma to the skin that results from an accident or surgery. As you already know, more serious injuries typically result in larger, more severe scarring.

When your skin experiences damage due to trauma, your body begins repairing it. All available resources are directed to the area, and repair is completed as quickly as possible (to prevent infection and other reasons). Your body kicks collagen production into high gear, using this natural protein to heal and repair the area at an impressive pace.

Unfortunately, this rapid repair process causes a scar to have a noticeably different look and feel than the un-scarred skin surrounding it. And the side effects of scars go beyond aesthetics; they can also include:

  • Lingering pain and discomfort
  • Itchiness
  • Issues with movement, especially with scars that are particularly tight or over a joint

What is Laser Scar Treatment?

So, what is laser scar removal? Also called laser scar revision and laser skin resurfacing, it is a professionally-administered treatment option that can support improvements in the appearance of scars. 

Laser treatment is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes precisely-targeted light therapy to reduce the appearance of scarring by promoting new healing and repair. 

Laser treatments are also extremely effective in treating wrinkles, skin lesions, and dark spots.

How Does Laser Therapy for Scars Work?

Essentially, the laser light is used to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes in one of two ways:

  • By gently removing the top layer of the skin
  • Stimulating new skin cell production

The laser activates your body’s ability to repair, taking a highly targeted approach to ensure optimal results. 

What to Know About Laser Treatment for Scars

Laser therapy is a versatile treatment option that can help people with various scar types, sizes, and severity levels. Scar laser treatment can target scars, keloids, and other issues, including warts, wrinkles, and age spots. Scars from acne, burns, and other injuries are potential areas for laser treatment. 

But before you decide to move forward with laser treatments, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Does Laser Scar Removal Make Scars Go Away Completely?

Although your scar can be dramatically smoothed and faded, laser therapy cannot completely erase any scar. As a matter of fact, getting rid of a scar completely is typically impossible because the body’s natural healing response creates new scars. 

Laser treatments and other professional-grade therapies can significantly improve your scar’s appearance, making them nearly invisible to the naked eye. Essentially, you are replacing your “old” scar with a “new” one, one that is smaller, smoother, and much less noticeable. 

How Does Laser Scar Treatment Work?

Laser therapy for scars works by stimulating collagen production and prompting your body to restart the repair process, producing new and smoother skin. As a result, the “old” scar can be covered by a smaller, less raised/textured, and less noticeable scar. 

There are two basic types of laser scar removal treatments:

  • CO2 laser therapy uses continuous light beams or short pulses of light to remove very thin layers of skin, resulting in minimal damage to the surrounding area. A small portion of scar tissue will be targeted during each treatment, so a full course of treatment may require several visits.
  • Fractional laser therapy relies on many narrow laser light “columns,” which are able to go deeper and force the scar’s collagen to tighten and shrink. It’s less damaging to the skin, but recovery time can be slightly longer due to the depth of the laser’s reach. 

Ultimately, the best laser treatment for your scars is the one recommended for your specific case by a trained professional. Our consultation appointments are essential to charting your path to outstanding results. 

What are the Benefits of Laser Scar Removal?

The biggest benefit of laser treatment for scars is its efficacy: it is an excellent option for minimizing the look and feel of a scar. In addition, it is a non-invasive method with a low risk for extended recovery and treatment that can be tailored to suit a variety of cases.

What Happens During a Laser Scar Removal Treatment Session?

Because laser therapy is non-invasive, it is an outpatient treatment that requires no hospital stay. 

Your dermatologist will apply a local anesthetic, then use the specialized laser to treat the scar tissue. After the treatment, your scar should look lighter, smoother, and less noticeable overall.

Laser treatment recovery is minimal, with only an average of 3-10 days of recovery. During the recovery process, you’ll provide extra care to the treated area – you can still go about your days as normal.

How Many Laser Treatments are Required for Scar Removal?

The number of treatments you will need depends on various factors, including the size and severity of your scar. It is normal for a scar to require multiple treatment sessions before achieving the desired progress. 

Laser Scar Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

Do you have scarring you’d like to see fade away? Contact Affiliated Dermatology to schedule your laser therapy consultation today!

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