The 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 running through the scar are closed. Laser scar removal is a patient friendly procedure since it does not result in any open wounds, the healing process is fast and no other treatment or check-up is necessary. The physical properties of laser beams allow its intensive action to be directed at the targeted area.
Hypertrophic scars can be treated with a laser. After a short application, a small scab appears, which later peels off.
Hypertrophic and keloidal scars both can be removed by a sclerolaser that may be combined with an injectable Diprophos. The sclerolaser also is effective for turning red scars pale.
Before the procedure, depressed scars may be treated with a hylauronic solution that elevates them to the level of the adjacent skin's surface.
Are you a good candidate for laser scar treatment?
The general rule is that the newer (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. Old scars won't disappear without a trace; however, they will appear substantially flatter, paler and softer. See the results of laser scar removal in our before and after picture gallery.
Untanned skin is another factor that significantly determines the final effect.
Before the laser scar treatment procedure
During the first consultation, your surgeon will check the state of your scar and decide whether it is suitable for laser treatment. If you have large scars to be removed, please take into consideration that the procedure will have to be repeated several times.
Desensitisation is not necessary for minor scar treatment. You will probably only feel a slight burning. In cases of larger scars, 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 experienced an allergeric reaction to Mezocaine, Lidocaine, etc.
Desensitising ointment may be used to numb the area. If you are extra sensitive to pain, you can ask for this kind of anesthesia.
After the laser scar removal procedure
Immediately after the laser treatment, a small, attrition-like lesion appears in the treated area. This is soon covered with a small scab. The treated area is sometimes protected with an adhesive plaster that may be removed in two or three days. It may not be used if the procedure was small.
The treated area may be slightly reddish, however, it will turn pale quite quickly.
It is vital to protect the treated area from sun exposure for at least one month. We recommend using sun-block creams. It is also advisable to keep the scar moist with a healing ointment recommended by your surgeon.
No other precautions are necessary.
In case of any undesirable symptoms, such as inflammation or pain, contact your surgeon immediately.
Results of laser scar removal
The effect of laser scar removal treatment is progressive; meaning the results will become visible within a few months. The scar turns paler and flatter and progressively adapts to the colour of your skin. If you were realistic in your expectations for laser scar removal, you will probablybe satisfied with the results.