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Laser Stretch Mark & Scar Reduction

Laser stretch mark & scar reduction works by flattening the affected areas through a technique known as laser re-surfacing. The doctor uses a laser to remove the top layers of your skin. This process stimulates collagen production in the lower layers of the epidermis, making the scar look flatter.

How the Treatment Works

Laser stretch mark & scar reduction works by flattening the affected areas through a technique known as laser re-surfacing. The doctor uses a laser to remove the top layers of your skin. This process stimulates collagen production in the lower layers of the epidermis, making the scar look flatter.

Laser scar reduction is quite painless and there is minimal healing time required. The risk of infection is also minimal because the skin is not actually pierced as part of the treatment.

Laser scar reduction works best for pitted scars and stretch marks. If you have a deeper, more serious wound you may need a different kind of surgery. For large scars that are taking a long time to heal, corticosteroid injections have often been found to be effective.

The Treatment

Laser stretch mark & scar reduction is not an invasive procedure. Minimal preparation is required. In most cases, laser treatment can be performed as an out-patient procedure and many clinics are now able to perform this treatment.

For smaller treatments, the doctor will give you local anaesthetic. General anaesthetic is used in some cases, but this is not as common. The treatment itself is quiet short – usually taking between 30 minutes and one hour.

There are several different kinds of lasers that can be used. Some lasers are ablative, stripping away the upper layer of skin, while others simply create small, precise wounds, leaving undamaged skin surrounding each wound to encourage a controlled healing pattern.

After the Treatment

You will be told to wash your skin with a mild soap and pat it dry (not rub it), before applying an antibiotic cream and dressing the treated area with a non-stick bandage. The procedure does not cause a lot of pain, but if you do experience discomfort your doctor will give you oral medication to soothe it. You can return to day-to-day activities immediately, but should avoid any strenuous activities until your skin has healed.

Your skin will begin to heal itself quite quickly. The exact speed of healing will depend on the kind of laser used. Ablative laser treatment, such as the CO2 laser which is usually used to treat acne scars, will mean a slightly longer recovery period than the one you would have if pulsed lasers are used to treat keloid scars. However, you skin should start to regenerate after a few days.

Your doctor will ask you to come back to the surgery a few weeks after treatment to assess your progress. In some cases, more than one treatment may be advisable.

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