Laser scar removal truths

Scar removal treatments remain among the most popular skin treatments on the market today. We are familiar with acne scars, burns, injuries, and surgical scars. If you have these scars on parts of your body, going to a trained professional for laser scar removal is an option. Here are some truths you need to know in preparation for your treatment:

Truth no. 1 – Laser scar removal cannot erase scars fully.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, laser treatment is not guaranteed to erase your scar. But before you turn your back on this treatment, technology has been advancing significantly, and dermatologists recommend it because it makes your scar less noticeable.

Do you have enlarged and raised scars? These red or pink scars, called keloids, can be itchy, but with the help of several laser scar removal treatments, these scars can flatten and cause them to fade.

Truth no. 2 – There are preparations you need to do before and after your laser scar removal treatment.

When you go for your initial consultation, your Dermatologist will tell you to protect your skin against the sun before your treatment and especially after. You will not be allowed to undergo the remedy if you have a sunburn. So make sure you religiously apply your sunblock before your scheduled treatment – and every time you go out and get exposed to the sun’s rays.

Don’t be surprised if your Doctor tells you to do the following as part of your preparation for the scar removal treatment:

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Even sunlamps and visits to the tanning salon will be discouraged.
  • Stop taking medications like aspirin, vitamin E, and other supplements that are blood thinners and can cause bleeding.
  • If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking at least two weeks before your scheduled treatment.

Truth no. 3 – You may need more than one treatment.

One laser scar treatment may not be enough to see the most improvement. So expect to have a series of treatments to get the desired results.

To get a better picture, we’d recommend you schedule a consultation and evaluation meeting before you commit to your laser scar removal treatment.

Published by: Maggie Marquez on November 10, 2022

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