Scar Revision - Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia
Simple and Effective Scar Treatment
Scars are visible reminders of previous surgery or accidents. They may be raised, flat, depressed, red or lighter in appearance than surrounding skin. Acne scars may resemble pinpricks or pockmarks. There is a variety of therapeutic modalities for scars on the face and body.
Lasers are becoming an increasingly popular technique for scar management. Dr. Lynn Klein and our team at Aesthetic Dermatology use laser therapy to improve the color and texture of noticeable scars without disrupting the surrounding healthy tissue. In some cases, laser scar revision can also improve physical symptoms such as pain and itching.
How Does Laser Scar Revision Work?
Laser scar revision can make rough or raised scars flatter and less prominent. It can also even out the color of pigmented scars.
With ablative laser treatment, the top layer of skin is removed to smooth out the texture of a raised or uneven scar. Fractional laser treatment makes tiny injuries in the deeper layers of skin, which kickstarts the body’s natural healing process and the production of new collagen and elastin for healthier looking skin.
The timing of laser scar revision depends on the extent of the injury and how well/quickly it has healed. Smaller scars can be treated at virtually any time, whereas large, surface-area burns should heal for several months before beginning revision treatment.
Laser scar revision is performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is not generally required, but a topical anesthetic cream may be applied for preemptive pain management. Total treatment time varies, but may last as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the scar.
Different types of lasers are used for different types of scars. A fractional resurfacing laser will treat a thick hypertrophic or keloid scar, or even out the edges of a depressed scar. An Nd:Yag laser can treat the blood vessels and inflammation of a highly pigmented scar.
Recovering from Laser Scar Revision
Laser treatment does not require significant downtime. After treatment, you can immediately resume normal activities. The treated area may initially look red or mildly swollen, but this is temporary. We will prescribe or supply a special cream to apply to the scar as it heals.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects of scar revision are rare. Occasionally, a patient experiences bruising or bleeding after treatment. A small number of patients have prolonged redness, lightness or darkening of the skin.
Learn More about Scar Revision
To learn more about laser scar revision, please contact the team at Aesthetic Dermatology. Call (610) 668-2570 to make an appointment with our board-certified dermatologists and explore your treatment options.