Laser scar removal is a non-invasive treatment that seeks to reduce and remove scars. It uses short pulses of lasers to penetrate the skin and treat the skin’s underlying support structure. This promotes the body’s own, natural healing process. Once prompted, the body will replace old tissue with skin cells that have collagen and elastin, which are two essential building blocks of natural-looking, flexible skin. One of the most widely used laser scar removal systems is Cynosure®. Cynosure is a maker of laser and light therapies that are used in a variety of aesthetic procedures.
Laser scar removal can treat many different types of scars. It’s often an option for people who have scars from:
Whether laser scar removal will be effective on any specific scar depends on the location, type, age, and severity of the scar, along with other factors.
Laser scar removal doesn’t hurt. Patients might experience a slight warming sensation where the laser is applied, but the laser doesn’t cause any pain.
Because laser scar removal is a non-invasive treatment, individual treatments don’t take long. They’re performed as outpatient procedures, often right in a doctor’s office or clinic. There’s no need to go to a hospital or stay overnight in a medical facility. To fully treat a scar, patients may need to come to multiple appointments. Sometimes a scar can be adequately reduced in just a single session, but multiple treatments are often needed for significant scars.
Patients who have scars they’d like reduced or removed should talk with a licensed aesthetician who specializes in laser scar removal. The most qualified provider won’t only specialize in laser scar removal but will have helped many patients who had similar scars.