Laser treatment for scars reduces the appearance of scars. It uses focused light therapy to either remove the outer layer of the skin surface or stimulate the production of new skin cells to cover damaged skin cells. Laser treatment for scars can reduce the appearance of warts, skin wrinkles, age spots, scars, and keloids. It doesn’t completely remove a scar.
This procedure requires a topical anesthetic to numb the skin, sometimes sedation is needed. Treatment for scars is an outpatient procedure.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
-Once the patient decide to have laser treatment for scars, the doctor will provide information on preparing for the procedure.
-Recovery times vary, but it may take 3 to 10 days for the skin to heal. The doctor will provide aftercare instructions immediately following treatment. These may include the following:
-Avoid direct sunlight for four to six weeks after the procedure.
-Apply a cold pack or moist cloth to the area to reduce swelling.
-Wash and apply moisturizer daily.
-For facial procedures, the patient may need to avoid makeup for a few days.