Scars from trauma, surgery, acne and other causes can be unattractive if they can be seen on your face or other parts of your body when you go swimming or wear summer clothing. Laser scar removal is a safe and effective way to remove or reduce the appearance of various kinds of scars. Keloid or raised scars, atrophic or depressed scars that are from injuries, stretch marks and all types of acne scars can be treated with a variety of types of lasers. The laser removes the outer layer of the scar, making it smooth with an even tone so its appearance is dramatically reduced.
Different Types of Laser Scar Removal
There are ablative and non-ablative lasers for the treatment of scars. Lasers that go deeper into the second layer of the skin without affecting the surface layer is called non-ablative. This treatment has a short recovery time.
Ablative lasers destroy the top and second layer of skin and are used for laser resurfacing. They have very high power and remove the top layer of skin while smoothing the lower layer.
The non-ablative laser uses lower energy and heats only the skin that is under the surface layer. This stimulates the production of collagen, which is the protein that makes your skin look smooth and firm. It is useful for light scarring, but it is not as effective as ablative laser treatments and may require more sessions to get the results you want.
Fractionated laser resurfacing is ablative and non-ablative. This is the latest treatment for removing scars. This type of laser creates tiny channels in the skin so the body can break down scar tissue and the surrounding healthy skin can promote quicker healing. This is the most common form of laser resurfacing.
What to Expect
We are proud to offer CO2 laser resurfacing at our office. When your scars are examined by our professional, a course of treatment to reduce their appearance may be recommended. You will be asked about any medications you are taking because some can make your skin extra sensitive to light. We will make sure you have realistic expectations regarding the treatment and the results.
Reach out to us at Laser Health Works to schedule an appointment to learn more about laser scar removal. You may be surprised to know you don’t have to live with unattractive acne or other scars any longer. Contact us today to book your consultation at our office in Midland or Barrie. We look forward to hearing from you!