How do laser scar treatments work?
Scar tissue is resurfaced with our fractional non-ablative technology. Specialist laser beams are passed in tiny columns through the outer layers of the skin where they encounter the water rich dermal layers. These water molecules are stimulated to oscillate causing microscopic damage to surrounding scar tissue. This stimulates collagen production, causing renewal remodelling and tightening of scarring. Because the outer layers of skin are devoid of water, these layers are spared from damage. This means less downtime, with identical results to the more ablative laser therapies. Different types of laser treatment may be selected depending on whether scarring is red, pigmented or pale.
Will treatments hurt?
This treatment is minimally uncomfortable. Topical anaesthetic creams can be used if required. Cold compresses are used throughout the treatment to reduce the hot sensation one may feel during laser treatments. Some patients describe a sunburn sensation once anaesthetic creams have worn off.
How long will it take to recover from scar removal treatments?
Recovery times vary depending on the treatment modality employed:
- Morpheus8 RF needling 1-2 days redness and mild swelling
- Fraxel laser – 3-5 days redness
- Icon fractional non-ablative laser 1540 wavelength – 1-3 days redness
- Revlite SI q-switch laser – 1-2 hours of redness
- Corticosteriod injections- nil recovery time
Can treatment be done on the day of my consultation?
Yes. In 95% of cases, you will be able to have your consultation and treatment on the same day.
How do you treat keloid scars?
There are two main options when it comes to keloid scars.
- Surgery – The keloid scar can be surgically excised, then carefully monitored for recurrence and pre-emptively treating where necessary.
- Corticosteroid anti-inflammatory injections are the mainstay of keloid scar treatments. Treatments every 4-6 weeks are administered with the aim of flattening the scar to match the surrounding skin.
Prevention is an important consideration if you are prone to keloid scarring and you have future surgery planned. You may consider silicone sheets, strapping or prophylactic steroid injections post operatively.
What treatments are available for depressed atrophic scars?
Depressed atrophic scars require intensive collagen stimulation and remodelling. Modalities providing superior collagen stimulation include:
- Fraxel laser
- Radiofrequency skin needling with Morpheus8
- Fractional non-ablative 1540 Icon resurfacing
- 1064 Nd:Yag
- Revlite Q-switch laser
Often skin resurfacing doesn’t do enough to completely improve depressed scars. In these cases fat grafting or dermal filler are the most effective options.