Laser treatment of cicatrices cauces by surgeriy, traumas and burns

image of a shoulder with operation scars

Scar is a newly formed connective tissue that replaces the normal skin structure after:

– inflammatory skin diseases (most commonly acne)

–  traumatic injuries

–  burns

 – surgical interventions

 – other injuries affecting the deep skin layer

The shape and magnitude of the scar depend on the type of damage, while its colour is determined by the time elapsed after its occurrence. The skin of the scar is modified – thin, smooth and brilliant. Some of the scars are particularly painful or with reduced sensitivity.

How does the laser treatment affect scars?

The laser system Cynosure Icon ™  is the latest generation non-ablative Erbium Yag laser, which hurts the skin in and around the scar as a result of which intensive regeneration processes are activated. This leads to a new, improved structure of the treated tissue.

Which scars can be treated and in which areas?

Scars may be treated in the area of the face, body, upper and lower limbs, regardless of their duration and origin:
• surgical scars
• scars from burns
• scars from traumas

what is this treatment like?

The duration of the treatment varies depending on the size and type of the scar. It takes about 20-30 minutes. The patient feels warmth and light pinching at each pulse, which is completely tolerable. In extremely rare cases and depending on the area being treated and the sensitivity of the patient, an analgesic cream may be applied 20 minutes before therapy.
At the end of the treatment, a hydrating and photo-protective 50 SPF cream is applied.  

How WILL I feel after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, the patient may return to her or his daily duties.
The treated scar is characterized with slight swelling and redness. These symptoms may last for 2-3 days.
Make-up may be applied immediately after the treatment to cover the redness.
It is important and absolutely mandatory for the patient to use high SPF 50 photo-protective creams at least 2 months after the end of the last treatment.

How many treatments are needed to achieve a therapeutic effect?

The number of treatments is determined depending on the size, type and surface of the treated scar. Usually, the therapeutic effect (texture improvement and fading) is achieved gradually in 3 to 4 treatments. The interval between treatments is 3 to 4 weeks.     

When will I see the result?

It takes 3 months after completing the course of treatment to see the complete result. After this period, the need for additional treatments is assessed.

Which is the best time for the treatment?

Depending on the area where the scar is located, it is desirable that laser therapy be conducted during the seasons in which the affected area is not exposed to direct sunlight. Such are autumn, winter and spring.  

What are contraindications to the treatment?

There are conditions in which the treatment is strictly contraindicated due to the high risk of unpredictable side effects:
• pregnancy
• photosensitivity
• presence of open wounds
• presence of tan from recent exposure to sun or solarium
• patients who are going to have sun exposure within 30 days of the last treatment
• active herpes and other skin infections in the area of ​​the treated area
• malignant skin formations
in case of systemic intake of drugs enhancing the sensitivity of the skin to the rays, etc.