Laser Effective in Scar Treatment
At Silkwood, we offer the latest in laser technology to deliver effective scar revision results without the discomfort of a lengthy healing period and with minimal risk. Suitable for the majority of different skin types, we are able to treat scars resulting from a range of sources, including acne, chicken pox, surgery, burns and accidents. In the December issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal a study into current laser therapy approaches proved effective for treating prominent scars resulting from abnormal wound healing.
They found 28 well-designed clinical trials using various medical lasers for two types of excessive scarring: hypertrophic scarring and keloids. Data from more than 900 patients showed high success rates with laser treatment: about 70 percent for both hypertrophic scarring and keloids. Based on studies targeting scars that were less than one month old, laser therapy had a similar success rate in prevention of excessive scarring.
Some studies provided data on objective responses to laser treatment, reporting improvements on standard rating scales and measures of scar height and redness. Data from the PDL studies suggested that the best interval for repeated laser treatments was five to six weeks; PDL treatment appeared most effective in patients with fairer skin types.
Modern lasers used for treatment of excessive scarring are “nonablative”: they work by coagulating deep tissues. Compared to older lasers, which worked by destroying abnormal scar tissue at the skin surface, modern nonablative lasers provide more consistent results with a lower risk that excessive scarring will return.
Living with unsightly scars can affect personal self-esteem and confidence. In the past, treatment options have been limited, but not anymore! Contact Silkwood today on (02) 9387 3900 to organise a consultation with our laser specialist and learn how we can help you smooth, fill, soften and fade unsightly scars to make them less noticeable.