Chicago Laser Scar Revision Treatments
The success of laser scar removal often depends on the type of scar. Whether caused by injury, surgery, or burn, scars can be disfiguring. Scars stand out against the rest of the skin because scar tissue is made of collagen cells rather than ordinary skin cells. As a result, scars are usually a different color, and do not have sweat glands or hair follicles. The severity of a scar depends on many factors, including the size and depth of the wound, the blood supply to the area, and the thickness and color of the skin.
Different Types of Scars:
Atrophic Scars – Thin or flat scars.
Hypertrophic Scars – Thick, red, raised and occur within the edges of a wound.
Keloid Scars - Look like hypertrophic scars, but are firm and extend beyond the edges of the wound. Keloids can be swollen and often itch or hurt.
Contracture Scars - Occur when large areas of skin are lost. The edges of the remaining skin pull tightly together, often restricting adjacent tendons or muscles.
What are the results I can achieve?
The clinical appearance, surface texture, pliability, and symptoms of scars can improve following a few treatment sessions. Results are long-lasting and scar recurrences are rare. The ease of treatment enhances viability and patient acceptance. Laser stimulated release of histamine or other factors may play an integral role in scar fibroblast activity. Scars that are immature (not a soft, flat, thin white line) respond best to laser treatments.
What are the Side Effects?
Hyperpigmentation of the irradiated skin is the most common side effect following laser treatment of scars. With adequate protection and avoidance of the sun, the hyperpigmentation spontaneously fades over time. The fading process can be hastened with daily application of bleaching cream.
Other complications such as blister formation and scar worsening can be mediated with the use of proper energy densitites and nonoverlapping laser pulses.
Dr. Speron recommends neaclear plus Liquid Oxygen Scar Advantage to help reduce the color and overall appearance of scars. This amazing product provides a direct source of oxygen to the scar tissue, promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
“A Dermatologist removed a small mole that left me with a large, wide scar. After a series of laser treatments my skin looks smooth and no one can tell there was ever a scar there.” - HL, Northbrook, IL
“I dealt with scars for years after my acne went away. I wish I would have invested in these treatments earlier in life!” - DM, Chicago, IL
“I had surgery with another surgeon and had a horrible scar. Dr. Speron revised it and now I have a thin scar that is much less noticeable!” - PT, Lake Bluff, IL