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Laser Scar Reduction

Laser Scar  reduction  uses light beams and heat to improve  scars  non-invasively

What causes scar formation?

Scars occur as a result of fibrosis of the skin tissue as it heals after traumatic injury such as surgical procedures, pimple healing, infections like chicken pox, or wounds. Whenever skin gets damaged, it heals by formation of a scar. A scar is formed by the body’s attempt to throw a quick patch over the site of the wound; in order to stop bleeding; first a clot is formed at the site of the wound that is later replaced by a scar. At first, the skin that is produced by the body at the site of damaged area looks and functions differently from the rest of the body’s skin. However, with time, the body tends to replace it with skin that more closely matches the rest of the skin of the body. Fading of scars depends on certain factors that include size, type of scar, depth of the scar and other personal factors as age and genetics etc.

What are the types of scars?

Types of scar include:

  1. Hypertrophic scar
  2. Atrophic scar
  3. Rolling scar (after acne heals)
  4. Ice pick scars (after acne heals)
  5. Keloid

Scars in addition may or may not be hyper or hypo pigmented.They may have associated broken capillaries in them, and may or may not be associated with deformity or disfigurement of the surrounding tissue, etc.

What are different treatment options?

At The Esthetic clinic, Laser treatment options include the use of non ablative or ablative lasers. Occasionally for non linear scars, surgical correction/realignement  may be advised before starting the laser treatment.

The non-ablative option delivers heat deep into the skin to cause changes in dermal collagen and thus remodel the scar.It is suitable for the milder variety of superficial scars. Ablation laser treatment is the best option for deeper scars and it involves destructing the architecture of the epidermis up to a particular level and causing dermal collagen remodelling, together they cause much better improvement in the scar appearance.

What is the Laser Scar Reduction treatment procedure?

Treatment  depends on type of scar.

1)      Hypertrophic scars can be treated with steroid injections. Once they flatten, their surface can be lasered to reduce the visibility and try to bring them as close to normal appearaing skin as possible.

2)      Keloids can also be treated with s t e r o i d injections, b o t u l i n u m toxin injections, cryotherapy etc. followed by laser resurfacing if possible.However, keloids may also aggravate post laser and one has to judge if lasering for keloids would be appropriate in any particular patient.

3)      Atrophic scars also known as depressed scars commonly found after acne heals, usually improve significantly with  laser skin resurfacing with or without injectable fillers.

4)      Ice pick scars, post acne are very deep and may require a procedure called subscision to break the under scar fibrous bands, before they can be lasered away.

5)      Scars like stretch marks, can be improved by a combination of microdermabrasion, radiofrequency and fractional co2 laser treatment in some cases where the stretch marks are reddish and recently developed. Results in later stages are far from satisfactory.

6)      Occasionally for non linear surgical/traumatic scars, surgical correction/realignment  may be advised before starting the laser treatment.

  • Non-surgical laser scar treatments include fractional lasers, most preferred being the ablative fractional carbon dioxide laser, that deliver light in an array of high precision micro beams. These micro beams create narrow, deep columns of tissue coagulation, penetrating well below the epidermis and into the dermis, while sparing the tissue surrounding the columns from damage.The heat stimulates new collagen formation and gradual resurfacing of the scars happens over time.

This is an outpatient procedure and usually only topical anaesthesia is  required.  There could be some pricking sensation during treatment with the laser.Some burning sensation post laser for a day is usual, there could be mild redness, swelling post laser for a few days followed by darkening and peeling off of the skin in the treated area. Sun protection is mandatory during therapy.

Since the procedure is non-invasive, the patient will be discharged immediately after the treatment and can go back to normal life with no hospitalization required.

Depending on the severity, number of treatments may vary. from 4-10 sessions  with 4 weeks interval in between two sessions.

Fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing for scars reduction

Adult Acne Scar Marks TreatmentAdult Acne Scar Marks Treatment | Fractional Co2 Laser Therapy in Mumbai, India – Dr Rinky Kapoor

What  happens after the treatment? 

There could be some pricking sensation during treatment with the laser, though it is done under topical anesthesia application.

Some burning sensation post laser for a day is usual, there could be mild redness, swelling post laser for a few days followed by darkening and peeling off of the skin in the treated area.Sun protection ois mandatory during therapy.

Since the procedure is non-invasive, the patient will be discharged immediately after the treatment and can go back to normal life with no hospitalization required.

However, follow up treatments are usually necessary at 1-2 month intervals along with topical anti scar medications prescribed specially from the clinic.

Scars continue to improve over time even after the required number of sessions are over.

Is the treatment permanent? 

If the treatment is done efficiently, whatever improvement occurs will be permanent, unless there is a new injury/acne etc.Expected results vary from 40-90% improvement in the scars depending on the type, severity, and the age of the scar, with earlier treatment guaranteeing best results.

What are the points to remember while going in for scar reduction?

1)      Every skin is different, just like every individual is unique.One must have realistic expectations and not get carried away by advertisements, results obtained in other patients, celebrities etc.

2)      A trained expert Cosmetic dermatologist with ample years of experience should be your treating physician.

3)      It is imperative to note that, being an ablative laser, it needs precise training and experience to perform this procedure and to give you the desired results. Inaccurately done treatments can lead to pigmentation, laser burns and scarring, more so in Indian and pigmented skin types.

Laser Scar Reduction Treatment Before After Photos, See the Patient Result-

What is the cost of Laser Scar Reduction Treatment?

We all want to look good and make a good impression when we meet other people. But sometimes, our flaws and imperfections may get in the way of us feeling our best. Cosmetic surgery is a way of enhancing our appearance, thereby improving our confidence and self-esteem. Fractional erbium laser treatment is one such way treating the imperfections and scars which bother us.

Fractional erbium laser treatment can be used in combination with other cosmetic treatments to achieve scar removal. The cost of erbium laser treatment depends on the number of sittings you require and if any other treatments are also needed. Very high quality medical care is available in India at lower costs than other countries like UK and USA. You should discuss the costs you will incur with your doctor in detail.

The Esthetic Clinic is a medical centre of choice of thousands of satisfied patients who sought skincare treatment and cosmetic surgery. Our leading dermatologist, Dr.Rinky Kapoor is an internationally trained specialist and has several awards to her name. The highly qualified staff and state of the art equipment will make sure you are completely happy with your treatment.

Come to The Esthetic Clinic to experience world class medical facilities and consult doctors who are at the forefront of their medical fields. If you are considering fractional erbium laser treatment, The Esthetic Clinic is the right place for you.

Facilities at The Esthetic Clinic

Quality patient care is provided through well trained specialist Dermatologist as well as Plastic surgeon who give  customized expert advice and personally perform treatments with the latest technology  and techniques in treating any disease/cosmetic concern available worldover


About Dr. Rinky Kapoor

Dr. Rinky Kapoor- Best Dermatologists in Mumbai, India

Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Co-founder of The Esthetic Clinic, is one of the best dermatologists in the world & currently practices in Mumbai, India. Dr. Rinky Kapoor is a Consultant Cosmetic Dermatologist, Cosmetologist & Trichologist at S L Raheja Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, India. Dr. Kapoor is trained at the National Skin Centre, Singapore & at Stanford University, USA. A celebrity skin doctor, Dr. Rinky Kapoor has won many honors such as “Best Dermatologist Mumbai”, “Top 10 Cosmetologist India”, etc for her evidence based expert dermatology care, affordable & reliable skin care, hair care & nail care …Read more

E: drrinkykapoor@gmail.com | M: +91 9004671379


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