Laser therapy involves the use of targeted beams of light to treat damaged body areas. It can eliminate tumors and other growths, enhance vision, stop hair loss, and treat pain. This therapy can also soften the appearance of scars.
Muse Plastic Surgery, led by double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wright Jones, provides scar revision treatments to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and surrounding communities.
What Scars can Laser or Light Therapy Treat?
Laser treatment for scars is an outpatient treatment. The doctor repeatedly maneuvers a laser wand over the skin to eliminate damaged skin cells and soften scars, including:
- burn marks
- injury scars
- acne scars
- age spots, dark spots, and other types of hyperpigmentation
As this procedure involves heat and light, the doctor may not recommend it if the patient has light sensitivity. Specific drugs can lead to this type of sensitivity. Patients should make sure to speak with their doctor to determine if they are suitable candidates.
If the patient takes blood thinners, the doctor may discourage laser therapy due to the risk of bleeding. Patients with the following characteristics may not be good candidates for laser therapy:
- skin sores
- active acne
- darker skin
How do Laser Treatments for Scars Work?
Laser scar treatments do not make a scar disappear; rather, they are meant to make a scar less visible.
The body initiates the process of wound repair following a skin injury. A scab forms over the injury to protect it from germs and falls off eventually. At times, the skin beneath the scab is the same color as the rest of the body. But a scar often remains after a scab falls off, depending on the depth of the injury.
Such scars may become lighter or fade over time. But when a scar becomes permanent, laser therapy can help eliminate the outer layer of the compromised surface of the skin. These treatments smooth the skin to enhance its tone and appearance.
In addition, these lasers treat blood vessels in the scar tissue and mitigate redness. They can go into the surface of the skin to encourage the production of new skin cells as well. Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Wright Jones will customize the treatment according to the unique needs of a patient.
Procedures for Laser Treatments for Scars
At the time of the pre-treatment consultation, the doctor will determine the most appropriate procedure for softening a scar. The options may include the following:
Ablative or Laser Resurfacing
This therapy improves the appearance of wrinkles, warts, and scars. Resurfacing eliminates the outer skin layer and removes skin cells that have been damaged at the superficial skin level. The doctor may use a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to treat deeper scars or an erbium laser for the treatment of superficial scars.
Fractionated Laser Resurfacing
A laser penetrates a deeper skin layer to eliminate dark, pigmented cells. In addition, this procedure enhances collagen production as well as skin cell renewal. This makes the scars appear less conspicuous.
Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing
Infrared heat lasers penetrate the inner layer of the skin. This also stimulates collagen production and cell renewal to replace damaged skin cells.
Laser therapy for scars is an outpatient procedure. But the duration of the procedures differs. The patient can expect mild discomfort during the procedure. The doctor will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the site to ensure that the patient remains comfortable.
Famous plastic surgeon Dr. Wright Jones receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and nearby areas for scar revision treatments.
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