Each skin injury heals with a scar. Its appearance depends not only on the type and extent of the wound but also on the individual disposition to form scars. Scars are removed not only from cosmetic reasons but also due to the discomfort caused by the placing of the scar.
Scar removal procedure
Various types of laser are used to remove or modify scars.
The computer-operated laser beam is aimed at the scar and small vessels perfusing the scar are closed. Laser is a patient friendly procedure since it does not cause any extensive open wounds, the healing process is fast and no other treatment or check-up is necessary. Physical properties of a laser beam enable its intensive action in the targeted area.
Hypertrophic scars are treated with laser. After a short application a small plague appears, which later peels off.
Hypertrophic and keloidal scars may be removed by sclerolaser that may be combined with an injectable Diprophos. Moreover, the sclerolaser effectively works upon red scars that we want to turn pale.
Before the procedure, depressed scars may be treated with hylauronic solution that elevates them to the level of the adjacent surface.
Are you the right candidates for laser scar removal?
The general rule is that the younger (more reddish) the scar is the more satisfactory is the final result. Therefore, if you want to have your scar removed, don’t wait.
Make sure that your expectations are realistic. You cannot expect that old scars will disappear without a trace; however, they will always turn substantially flatter, paler and softer.
Untanned skin is another factor that significantly determines the final effect.
Before the procedure
During the first consultation your surgeon checks the state of your scar and states whether it is suitable for laser treatment. If you have larger scars to be removed you have to take into consideration that the procedure will have to be repeated several times.
Desensitisation is not essential for minor scars treatment. You will probably feel slight burning only. In case of larger procedures, desensitisation of the to-be-treated area may be convenient. Notify your surgeon of any allergies to drugs you suffer from, especially if you have ever happened to experience allergy to Mezocaine, Lidocaine, etc.
Desensitising ointment may be used for desensitisation. If you are more sensitive to pain, you can ask for this kind of anaesthesia.
After the procedure
Immediately after the laser treatment, a small, attrition-like lesion appears in the treated area which is soon covered with a small plaque. The treated area is sometimes protected with an adhesive plaster that may be removed in two or three days. It does not have to be necessarily used in case of small procedures.
The treated area may be slightly reddish, however, turns pale quite quickly.
It is vital to protect the treated area from sun exposure for a minimum period of one month. We recommend using sun-block creams. It is also advisable to grease the scar with a healing ointment recommended by the surgeon.
No other precautions are necessary.
In case of any undesirable symptoms, such as inflammation or pain, contact your surgeonimmediately.
The treatment effect is progressive and becomes visible within a few month’s time as the scar turns paler and flatter and progressively adapts to the colour of your skin. If you were realistic in your expectations you will probably be satisfied with the result.