Scars are reminders that you have subjected parts of your body to damage through accidents or other events.
Scars can also be formed through infections, inflammations or can b e a result of surgery.
Scars start out as red and thick, but over time will fade, become lumpy, sunken or flat. They are considered as cosmetic disasters, which a person proud of his or her body may consider embarrassing.
Women are especially sensitive, and would go to great lengths to reduce the effect of scars, by using creams and other nostrums, and some of them will even consider asking a plastic surgeon to help in reducing the effect of, or completely eliminating scars.
Fortunately, modern technology has come to the rescue, and high powered lasers are able to remove the layer of the skin that shows the scars. The effect of this laser removal also extends to the middle layers of the skin, and this can result in the skin then appearing tighter and smoother.
Laser removal can also be used to remove scars caused by acne, and the advantage here is that scars caused by acne are not raised, and therefore easier to remove.
Most acne scars come up on the face, and can be quite disfiguring and awkward. Laser removal of scars can also reduce the redness caused by scars, which is due to the hemoglobin, and the laser targets this, to make the scars less prominent.
Lasers have different wavelengths and this is what determines how deep the penetration of the laser will be. The oldest lasers are the CO2 lasers and Erbium. They are most effective in removing shallow scars, like those caused by acne. Other developments in laser technology use lasers that are more effective and can be used on people with different skin tones.
Laser scar removal gives excellent results and does not cause much of discomfort. It also can be done as an outpatient, and will not require any downtime, as would be required by surgical procedures.
The laser scar removal treatment is not painful, though to achieve the best results, a number of sessions may be required. The final effect of this treatment is that scars become less prominent and visible, and also result in much smoother skin.
Treatment for scars using lasers is done through using micro-fine laser light in short pulses. These pulses reach deep into the skin and its various layers, and actually completely tone up the support structure.
The natural healing process of the body then takes over, removes older, damaged tissue and rebuilds levels of collagen and elastin.
These are the building blocks for skin and very critical for its health. The procedure, during each session is short, can even be done during a lunch time break, and requires absolutely no other medical intervention.
The type of lasers required for the treatment can vary depending on the pigmentation of the skin, and as long as the scar to be treated is not too big, will rarely require more than half an hour for every treatment.
Laser scar removal causes no pain, though some people may find some discomfort and inflamed skin. The professionals who give such treatment can easily suggest pain management options.
Most people are able to resume their normal activities immediately after any scar removal session.
Redness and swelling at treated sites subside after a few days, while some people are at risk of itching, and blistering and some bruising.
Patients are also advised to wear protective goggles during the treatment to protect the eyes. They are also advised against the use of cosmetics, especially in the scar area, on the day of the treatment.
A cooling gel or anesthetic is used over the area to be treated, and most patients only feel a stinging sensation during the treatment. Most laser devices used for this treatment are handheld.
The laser vaporizes the top layers of the skin, and they are so precise that tissue around a scar will remain undamaged. Laser removal is quite often said to be like sanding the top of a table.
Treatment is most effective on shallow scars, though deeper scars may require prolonged treatment. The number of treatments will depend on the severity of the scars.
Repeat sessions are spaced at least a month apart, so that the skin has sufficient time to heal and become normal. Patients are advised to moisturize the skin frequently after the treatment and keep the area clean. The treated part of the skin should never be scrubbed as this can cause irritation. The use of a sun block is recommended for people who have to go out.
It is up to the patient to decide on the number of sessions, required for the scar removal, and this evaluation needs to be made along with the dermatologist. It is unnatural to expect completely natural looks after this treatment, but with a proper use of light cosmetics, the scar can become almost invisible.