You were enjoying your childhood when you scraped your skin and now you hate the scar you have to keep up with everyday but which none of the creams and home remedies seems to get rid of? Well, don’t fret; laser scar removal could be the answer to your problem. This article will explain it more details and feature several pictures for the sake of inspiration.
Laser Scar Removal – Laser Treatment for Scars
Lasers are not only useful for reduction of wrinkles and blemishes but also for reduction of scars. It is important to mention here however that despite the use of the phrase “laser scar removal”, no laser can completely eliminate a scar; it is more about making a scar smaller and less prominent.
Laser scar removal involves the use of small pulses of high energy micro-fine laser light on the scarred area. The light penetrates the sub-layers of the skin and kick-start a healing process that replaces the damaged tissues and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, both of which are crucial for healthy, smooth skin. This reduces the appearance of scar while at the same time ensuring little harm to the surrounding areas of the skin.
The major benefit of laser scar removal is the typically low downtime and discomfort associated with it compared to invasive surgical revisions. As a matter of fact most people are able to resume their daily routine immediately.
This treatment option is also ideal for use on different types of skin including very dark and very light and is approved by the FDA for treatment of acne as well as surgical scars on any part of the body, the face included. Treatment typically takes as little as 30 minutes and most patients report very minimal discomfort.
Several treatment sessions may however be required (usually 3 to 7) for optimum results. Laser scar removal is also known to cause temporary redness and swelling at the point of treatment but these side-effects clear in just a few days. Some patients may also experience itching, lightening or darkening of the skin, bruising and blistering but the risk for this is very low.
Laser Scar Removal Before and After – Laser Scar Removal Results
You have probably noted our obsession with before and after pictures; what better way to show typical results? To keep up with the spirit, here are several laser scar removal before and after pictures:
This picture courtesy of Vasily, David, MD shows a patient with a surgical scar that was able to be smoothed out with laser treatment. Taking a glance at the “after picture” of the same patient listed below will give you an insight into how effective laser treatment can be.
These pictures depict typical results for treatment of acne scars with laser courtesy of Michael Sinclair, MD.
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Here are even more laser scar removal before and after treatment pictures for the sake of inspiration:
Laser Scar Removal Reviews
It is only prudent to look around for reviews while assessing a treatment option and/or choosing the clinic to go to. As part of this research, we set ourselves up to the task of searching for online scar removal reviews using Google.
The search brought us to the RealSelf web community where real patients who have undergone laser treatment of scars are presented with an opportunity to give their opinion and rate the service(s) of their surgeon.
Among the high rated surgeons and dermatologist (*as at the time of this writing) offering laser treatment was E. Ronald Finger, MD, a Savannah Plastic surgeon, who had an overall rating of 5 out of 5 after 27 ratings.
You can narrow down to a plastic surgeon in your area using their “find a doctor” section if you are in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Israel.
For those in other regions and countries, your best bet would be to search on Google using the phrase, “laser scar removal reviews in [your country].
Laser Keloid Scar Removal
Keloid scars are not the ideal mark of beauty for most people. But as The UK National Health Service points out, keloids affect 10 to 15 percent of all wounds.
If you have bothersome keloid scars on your face or any other part of the body that makes you feel uncomfortable going out in your swimsuit, laser keloid scar removal is always an option that you can resort to.
This involves using laser light to reduce redness but as the UK National Health Service website notes, laser treatment is not effective in reducing the size of keloid scars. The choice of laser depends on the size of the scar as well as the location.
Talk to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in your area for advice on the most suitable laser keloid scar removal option fro your specific case.
Does Laser Scar Tissue Removal work?
Reading through emails from our readers, we came across the question“Does laser scar treatment work?” The simple answer is yes, it does. It is one of the FDA approved treatment options for surgical and acne scars and most scars show considerable improvement with a few treatment sessions (usually between 3 and 7 though some scars only require a single treatment).
Laser Scar Removal Surgery and Insurance Cover
Whether insurance coverage applies to laser scar removal is a question that we get very often from our valued readers. Most insurance companies will offset the bill for a laser treatment only if the presence of the scar is leading to physical impairment.
The doctor will have to write a letter detailing the case and may have to include photos to support the case. If laser scar removal is intended chiefly for cosmetic reasons, you will most likely have to offset the bill all by yourself.
Laser Scar Removal Cost
We spent some time trying to determine the typical price for laser treatment of scar, but found that to be a rather tricky affair given the fact that specific laser treatment options chosen vary depending on the type of scar, experience and geographic location of the surgeon, location of the scar on the body, size of the scar and the number of sessions required.
Most patients however reported paying between $300 and $600 per session (3 to 7 treatment sessions are usually required) in most cases.
Laser Acne Scar Removal
The FDA has approved laser treatment for reduction of acne and surgical scars. When it comes to acne scar removal, Fraxel is so commonly used an option that is almost synonymous with it. There are a couple types of Fraxel lasers, the Repair and the Restore both of which are less invasive than Erbium and CO2 lasers.