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What is Laser Scar Removal?

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Even though scars are part of the body's natural healing process, they can sometimes be painful, unsightly, or simply inconvenient. Laser scar removal is the treatment of scars with beams of laser light in such a way as to reduce their appearance, as well as allowing and encouraging the regrowth of healthy skin in their place. Lasers can be used to remove or reduce several types of scars, especially acne scars, which are some of the most common. In addition to reducing the appearance of scars, laser scar removal treatments can help keep scars from coming back.

Over time, most scars will diminish in appearance and become almost invisible if left alone. This does not always happen, and some types of scars even become worse over time. Keloid scarring, for example, is characterized by raised scars that are red or purple in color and extend beyond the area of the initial injury. These, rather than fading over time, gradually build up.

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Hypertrophic scarring is the most common type of scarring that results from an improperly healed cut or other injury. These scars are often raised slightly above the surrounding skin, and may be slightly discolored. Smaller hypertrophic scars heal to some degree over time, but many will always be visible without scar removal. Atrophic scars are basically the opposite of hypertrophic scars, at least in terms of appearance. They are characterized by small, depressed pockets in the skin. These are commonly formed as a result of skin diseases or more common conditions like acne.

Laser scar removal can reduce or eliminate the appearance of all the above types of scars. This type of technology was first implemented in the 1980s, and uses a focused beam of high-energy light to shape or remove scars and imperfections from the skin, as directed by a doctor. The procedure can be performed while the patient is under either local or general anesthesia, and the patient is almost always able to return home on the same day. After the procedure, the recommended care of the treated area includes washing with warm water and mild soap to keep the area clean, as well as applying antibiotic ointment and a nonadhesive dressing or bandage.

Several specific types of lasers exist, each of which offers certain benefits that are suited to one type of scar removal or another. Severe scars may require more than one treatment for optimal results. The price of scar removal varies widely, from several hundred to several thousand U.S. Dollars.

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Flukie
Post 5

I tried the injection for the treatment of keloids on my chest. It got flat and came back up over time. It really bothers me a lot and left me self-conscious when wearing cute shirts.

So I talked to this dermatologist and she recommended laser treatment, which she may have to do about three or four times. I tried the first laser and it came out good. It was just a little like a sunburn and then it healed, the color faded and it got flatter. So I went for another laser treatment, but this time it turned out different than the first one. My skin peeled off deep like it burned off two or three layers of my skin

. It was very scary and raw. The worst part is that the wound is even bigger. It took me over two months for it to completely heal. Now I have this reddish purple circle on my chest. I really hope it will fade away and not get worse than it was before.
PhoebeT
Post 4

Let me share my experience here. My scar really frustrates me. I always ask people, "What could be the best treatment for scar"? Then I finally found it. Try it for your keloid too. Plus it requires more than scar removal cream, the best formula is patience!

anon132893
Post 1

had breast reduction and now have keloid scars across chest. the keloid scarring is very painful when touched and is so uncomfortable. what can be done?

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