Scarring is an inevitable result of the body’s natural healing process. As such, it’s not uncommon to be left with scarring after a traumatic accident or injury. Additionally, scars can often be left following a major surgery.
Some scars are so small, they are practically invisible. But others are prominent and obtrusive, marring your physical appearance and sapping your self-confidence.
Through laser scar treatment, it may be possible to eliminate these highly visible scars… but before you make an appointment, there are a few things you should know about how laser scar treatment works.
6 Facts About Laser Scar Treatments
1) Laser scar treatment can’t eliminate your scar.
Laser scar treatment has come a long way, but not far enough to completely remove your scarring. What it can do is:
- Prevent raised scars from forming after a surgery.
- Minimize the prominence of your scar, making it much less noticeable.
- Eliminate pain and itching associated with the scar.
2) Not all laser technicians are created equal.
To get the best results, it’s important to vet your laser technician. Seek someone who is experienced and who has been well-trained and certified in administering laser procedures.
3) It’s important to have a medical consultation, first.
While laser scar treatment is generally very safe, there can be some complications. To minimize your risk, make sure you have a medical consultation before your procedure. (Any reputable healthcare provider should insist on a consultation.) Specifically, tell your provider if you smoke, if you have frequent cold sore outbreaks, or if you have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.
4) Sun protection is key.
If you show up for your procedure with a sunburn, or with significant tanning, your provider probably won’t be able to treat you. That’s because doing so could lead to permanent discoloration of your skin. Similarly, you will need to shield yourself from the sun for a few days after the procedure.
5) Some lifestyle changes may be required.
Before you come in for laser scar removal, you will be advised to:
- Cease smoking (at least two weeks before the procedure.)
- Stop using aspirin, which can sometimes impede healing.
- If you are prone to cold sores, start taking medication to prevent them.
- Avoid the sun, the tanning bed, or the sunlamp for a week or two.
6) You may need multiple appointments.
One final thing to be aware of is that, depending on the size of the scar and the kind of laser used, you may need multiple treatments to get the best results. This is something to ask your provider about up front.
More Questions About Laser Scar Removal? Contact Luminary Cosmetic Today.
We are happy to offer laser scar removal here at Luminary. And, if you have any additional questions about how the procedure works, we would love to answer them. We welcome you to contact our office at any time. We look forward to guiding you through the process of laser scar removal.