Scars can materialise from almost anything that causes damage to the skin, including sports injuries, chicken pox and surgery. The more seriously the skin is damaged, the longer it will need to heal and a more noticeable scar will form. Luckily, most scars can be treated although the type of treatment relies upon the reason why the scar formed in the first place. A prevailing cause of facial scarring is severe acne. Even though these scars will remain long after the acne has disappeared, they can often be lessened by using laser scar treatment.
Prospective patients considering laser scar treatment will see varying results according to the size and type of scarring they want to have treated. Laser treatments can be quite effective at flattening and smoothing various kinds of scarring from acne, injuries or past surgeries. Dr Quinn uses some of the latest lasering technologies to smooth and resurface damage on the skin’s surface. During your initial consultation, he will examine the condition of the existing scars and make educated predictions about how well laser treatments will affect the overall appearance.
Laser scar treatment is a great option for reducing scars created by surgery, acne or other damage causing factors. By using a high-energy light, Dr Quinn can target and treat areas of the skin that are damaged by scar tissue. There are many different kinds of laser scar treatment available, each suited for a particular kind of scar. For example, acne scars are treated using laser skin resurfacing while reddened or raised scars can be treated using a pulsed dye laser.
During treatment, the laser is moved over your scar. This motion can vaporise or eliminate the layer of skin and reveal a new, natural layer that will heal gradually in time and decrease the appearance of the scar. The procedure can take anywhere from only a few minutes to an hour and a half depending on the type and depth of the scar.
After the laser scar removal procedure, you will need to clean the area with soap, then gently pat it dry and apply an antibiotic ointment and cover up the scar with a nonstick bandage. Dr Quinn may prescribe an antibiotic to avert infection. An oral medication can also be prescribed to help with discomfort.
The regeneration process of your skin can start as early as only four days following treatment. The regeneration speed relies on what kind of laser is used, how you follow your surgeon’s instructions and individual skin characteristics. You can generally resume regular activities right after treatment. Dr Quinn will want to see you again in six to eight weeks to examine the treated area.
This procedure can be administered at any age. However, it is not suitable for everyone, and you should always talk to your doctor before selecting this procedure.
Results should begin to appear within the first week after treatment, but it can take up to a whole year for the skin to fully heal.
Common side effects of laser scar treatment include temporary swelling and redness at the treatment area, and this should last just a few days following treatment. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Find more information here.
The discomfort that patients feel during laser scar treatment varies but because of the depth of this treatment medication for sedation is recommended. Discomfort during healing time is minimal and can be treated with over the counter analgesics.
You may need more than one treatment depending on the depth of the scarring.
Depending on your tolerance for pain and the type of laser used, you may experience some discomfort following your laser scar treatment. Dr Quinn will provide you with aftercare instructions, including how to care and clean the treated area.