Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lasers can be used by surgeons for reducing the appearance of a scar and minimizing pain and itching. People can treat a wide range of scars with laser therapy. This includes burn marks, acne scars, surgical scars, and any other scar from injuries. The procedure is safe for the face as well. Laser skin resurfacing procedure can prevent scars from developing after the surgery.
Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide laser skin resurfacing treatments for scar removal and scar reduction to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities.
Laser Scar Treatment Overview
The outer layers of the skin are penetrated by laser treatment for stimulating new and healthy skin cells growth. The laser will remove older and damaged skin layers for new and healthy skin to take its place. In essence, laser treatment creates a new scar in the place of the existing one. However, the new skin grows in a more natural and uniform fashion.
Scar tissues are formed as a natural response to bodily injury. Scars are usually not harmful and don’t require removal for medical reasons. However, scars that are limiting and painful can be removed using a range of methods.
Laser treatments can help in the following manner:
- Decrease itchiness or pain
- Reduce their appearance
- Improve the range of skin motion around the scar
Doctors can choose from a wide variety of lasers that make use of different wavelengths of light to affect the skin in myriad ways.
Laser Treatment for Scar Removal Procedure
Your doctor will examine your scar and make marks on the skin using a pen when you undergo laser skin resurfacing for scar removal. They will identify the areas that need treatment. This is how the procedure usually works:
- The surgeon will clean the scar area and apply a numbing cream to the area of inject it with local anesthetic.
- You may be asked to wear protective goggles if the scar is on your face.
- Wet towels or gauze may be placed by the doctor around the scarred area for absorbing laser pulses that may otherwise damage healthy skin.
- The laser will be passed over the scar tissue. They may apply a water or saline solution occasionally.
- The doctor will apply a clean dressing and ointment once the treatment is complete.
- The treatment area will remain red for a few hours following the procedure.
Laser Types for Scar Reduction
Ablative laser resurfacing
This laser type improves the appearance of warts, scars, and wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing removes the topmost layer of skin and reduces skin cells that may have been damaged at the surface level.
Fractionated laser resurfacing
Dark pigmented cells can be removed by this laser that works at a deeper skin layer. The procedure stimulates the production of collagen and skin renewal. This can make existing scars appear less noticeable.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing
The inner layers of the skin get penetrated by infrared heat lasers. This stimulates the production of collagen and cell renewal that replaced damaged skin cells.
Cosmetic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center of Plastic Surgery (ACPS) receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for laser skin resurfacing to remove or reduce scars.
Contact The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas for More Information
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