Scar Resurfacing Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are ideal for treating a wide variety of scars, as there is very little risk for creating more scar tissue through treatments. Lasers offer fantastic results often with minimal downtime and they are generally gentle and non-invasive making them a perfect option for people who want to improve scars without surgery.
There are a number of different lasers that can produce improvement in scarring with little downtime. Some options include:
- Fractional CO2 Resurfacing. A gentler version of the acclaimed carbon dioxide lasers, fractional CO2 lasers actively get rid of scar tissue to produce a smoother, more uniform skin surface.
- Laser Genesis®. A good option for overall resurfacing while treating scar tissue, Laser Genesis® gently heats the skin while stimulating collagen production and reducing the appearance of scar tissue, fine lines, and pore size. Laser Genesis® can also improve overall skin tone.
- eMatrix™. Radio frequencies are used on the skin to stimulate collagen production and promote healing. The skin’s response is similar to that of wound healing, thus allowing for improvement in the appearance of old or new scars.
Considerations for Laser Treatments
If you are interested in improving the appearance of your scars, then you should speak to a dermatologist about whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure. Your general health, skin tone, and degree of scarring will all need to be taken into consideration before you move forward with scar resurfacing.
What to Expect Afterward
Laser treatments are less invasive than surgery, so you won’t experience as much downtime as you would with a surgical treatment. The time it will take to recover depends on the type of laser to be used and how in-depth the treatment will be. Your dermatologist will give you tips on how to speed up the recovery process and provide you with realistic estimates for recovery. You may need more than one treatment, spaced several months apart, so you might need to factor in healing time for multiple sessions.
Results are highly individual, but most patients see significant improvement in their scars, noticing that the scars are far less pronounced and any redness less noticeable. Improvement can take several sessions, depending on the treatment, and some scars may respond better than others.
Choosing a Provider
Despite the fact that laser treatments can give great results with a low risk for complications, it is imperative to select a qualified provider, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, to ensure the best results. Dr. Diane Walder and her associates Drs. Cynthia Golomb and Stacy Chimento of Miami specialize in cosmetic dermatology and have a great deal of experience performing dermatology procedures and skin care treatments. If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Walder and her associate’s expert skincare services, call 305-866-2177 today!