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Laser Scar Removal

By Edited Nov 18, 2013 0 0

Are you looking for more information on laser scar removal? Most people have a scar or two that they would just as soon go away. Maybe you have a place on your leg or arm where you received stitches as a child. These scars tend to fade over time and usually, most of us don't overly fret about these. Unfortunately, some people have had encounters or conditions that leave them with scars that affect not only their outward appearance but also their inside feeling of self-worth.

Perhaps it was teen acne that has left you with facial scars that you try to hide with make-up. Or, you might have had some other scar that has not healed well. If you work to hide a scar and are embarrassed to wear certain clothes then you might benefit from laser scar removal.

There are three major types of scars that laser scar removal can help. These are keloid, hypertrophic and atrophic. Keloid scars have a raised and firm surface. They may turn a purplish color over time and can extend and actually grow larger than the initial wound that caused the scar in the first place. Hypertrophic scars are also firm and raise above the surface of the skin. However, these scars do not grow and may fade to a white or pink color. In addition, the hypertrophic scars may fade as time wears on. Finally, Atrophic scars, which are usually the result of teen acne or another type of skin condition, are just depressions or pits in the skin.

Each one of these scars may benefit from laser scar removal. This procedure should only be done by a licensed professional. Usually, a doctor or technician working directly under the supervision of a doctor is the person who will perform the procedure. The entire process may take anywhere from several minutes to over an hour. During this time, you will have either some local anesthesia or if the procedure is extensive, the doctor may elect to give a general.

This can usually be done as an outpatient and in many cases, right in the specialist's office. The first step is to make an appointment with a recommended professional. Check with your general physician or a dermatologist to find out who does this in your area. You may have a number of questions such as after care, how soon will you see results and the cost. Make a list to take with you so you don't forget anything. If, for any reason, you are not comfortable with this person, or you are not sure of the information, get a second opinion.

Laser scar removal in the wrong hands can actually leave you with a much worse scar. You will find that the procedure itself is rather simple. The doctor or other professional uses a hand-held device that contains a laser. Different lasers are used for the different types of scarring. You will wear some protective glasses or goggles to shield your eyes. Because of the local anesthesia, you will not feel much in the way of pain. When it is over, the doctor will advise you on how to treat the lasered area.

Typical instructions might include gentle washing and avoiding the sun as your scar heals. You should not be scared about getting this done. You will find that over time, your scar will definitely become less noticeable. The great thing about Laser Scar Removal is that it is permanent. You don't need to have it redone. What are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose but your scars.



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