Scar removal has become much easier in the era of the laser. While still being perfected in completely eliminating the appearance of scars from acne or surgery, the results will still amaze you. Whether laser surgery is right for you will depend on what type of scar it is. You also have non-laser treatments available to you that can sometimes be equally effective.
The Types of Scars That Are Best for Laser Treatment
The most common laser procedure for the treatment of scars is fractional resurfacing. This can help with nearly all the major scar types that doctors treat. The most noticeable scar will be the hypertrophic or Keloidal scar that can become inflamed or thickened over time. These can frequently result from severe acne or more severe surgeries.
White scars (otherwise known as mature scarring) are also quite typical and usually happens after a general wound heals. Red spots known as erythematous scars can additionally be a problem and be helped by fractional resurfacing. However, another laser procedure exists that can help more specifically if erythematous discoloration doesn’t heal on its own.
Other Laser Treatments
Erythematous scars can usually be treated well with a pulsated dye laser that actually removes blood vessels causing the red spots. And there’s also ablative fractional resurfacing that’s a cheaper alternative to normal fractional resurfacing treatments. It usually gives similar results without quite as many clinic visits, despite more extensive treatment downtime.
How Does the Laser Work on Scar Tissue?
The microbeams of the laser cut precisely deep into the skin to create tiny columns of coagulated tissue to aid in healing. Placing that tissue coagulation in place of the scar tissue helps remove the appearance of the scar while still protecting the epidermis of the skin.
What makes laser treatment convenient is in the rapid healing time to save you time in recovery. And you hardly need an anesthetic because it causes little pain.
Regardless, those non-laser surgery procedures are still available to you, despite taking a little more time.
If you’re afraid of using a laser, you might want to consider having your scar removed manually. Afterwards, the remaining tissue is reconstructed by your plastic surgeon to improve the appearance. This procedure is usually called scar revision, and it’s going to involve more recovery effort.
Sometimes injections with a corticosteroid will do wonders for raised scars and aid in flattening them. These usually have to be balanced just right so when the scar lowers, it doesn’t cause an indentation in the skin.
For the cheapest route, some ointments are available that improve the appearance of a scar. Treatments from companies like Avosil and Mederma can help somewhat in diminishing a scar, even though it’s a far cry from what laser treatments can potentially do for you.
Contact us so we can demonstrate to you our various scar removal techniques that are very affordable and painless. At Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic, we have extensive experience helping skin look healthy so you don’t have to be self-conscious.