During the procedure of removing scars with a laser, a laser is moved along the length of the scar. This causes a layer of skin to vaporize in order to reveal a more natural skin layer. Over a period of time the skin will heal and minimize scaring appearance. There are other laser procedures that target lower skin layers which in turn stimulate collagen growth; this corrects scars from the inside out.
Scar removal procedures that are performed with lasers are performed, within a. Depending on the procedure itself it could take anywhere from just a few minutes up to an hour and a half.
Many Types of Lasers are used for Scar Removal
There are many types of lasers that are available. Each one having its own very unique benefits for removing scars.
The lasers that are known as Er:YAG and CO2 are best when you are targeting acne scarring. The CO2 laser basically sandblasts your top layers of skin away, when this is used plan on some very substantial downtime for healing. The Er:YAG laser does pretty much the same thing as the CO2 laser but it is less ablative, meaning that there is less damage when this laser is used in the procedure.
There is also the 585-595-nm laser dye technology; this laser includes Candela and Cynosure lasers. This type of laser technology is mainly used in order to treat keloid and hypertropic scars. These lasers can be utilized with or without 5% 5-fluorouracil or steroid injections, both of which are used to flatten the appearance of scars. This type of laser procedure is considered to be non-ablative due to the fact that they do not actually burn off skin on the surface. Instead, these lasers actually target the tissues that lay under the surface skin in order to stimulate the growth of collagen. Another factor to choosing these lasers is that there is very little downtime for healing.
What to do after Laser Scar Removal Procedures
Often after a laser scar removal procedure you are told to make sure and wash the affected area with a very mild soap bar or liquid, pat dry and put on an ointment (antibiotic) as well as cover the area with a non-stick bandage. You do not want to rub the area at all.
There are medicated creams that will also help in the healing process. This also helps the appearance of the scar fade away with time. You may also want to use a cool mask in order to ease any discomfort. You can also take medication orally in order to treat any discomfort or pain that you may be feeling. If your pain becomes unmanageable contact your doctor as soon as possible.
The regeneration process of your skin can start as soon as four days after the procedure. The healing process also depends greatly on the type of laser that was used in the procedure, you own skin characteristics, as well as how closely you follow your doctors recovery directions.