A scar is an unsightly reminder of an old injury or past wound. When there is a wound caused by an injury, accident, infection or surgery, the skin attempts to repair itself and a scar results as part of the healing process. Scars can happen at any age, irrespective of gender and location, and become a part of our visual appearance permanently. Scars vary in shape and size, even color and texture. While scars can fade or shrink with a passage of time, depending on the location of the scar, it can be a source of embarrassment or cause lack of self-confidence, when we compare ourselves to others. It can also be a reminder of a tragedy or an event that we might want to forget. Similarly, tattoos used to represent a permanent change in appearance. However, with the rise in tattoo regret, more and more people are looking to get tattoos removed. To restore our aesthetic confidence and mental harmony, we can choose from a selection of scar lightening cosmetic procedures which are successful to varying degrees. Laser therapy for scar lightening now offers a non-invasive method that helps in improving the appearance of scar tissue. And it works just as well for tattoo removal.
Treatment option: Cutera Laser
Laser therapy is a very good option for scar lightening, albeit it is expensive. It works by focusing high-energy light on the affected area to match the appearance of the scar to the surrounding area and stimulate collagen production. This results in the scar becoming significantly less visible or erased completely, depending upon its size and severity. It is performed as in-office treatment, under local anesthesia and requires little recovery time.
The Cutera laser system is a tested method for laser scar therapy and tattoo removal. It works by removing the top layer of the skin, which is scarred. It also works on the deeper layers, resulting in a smoother tighter skin. The Cutera Laser System also engages a combination procedure approach, which provides better, more consistent results in fewer sessions.
b) Treatment option: Others
Treatments for scar lightening range from home remedies to over the counter ointments and some of them are described below. Their success rate depends on the type of scar, its depth and personal preference. They require a longer time of use before results can be seen.
- Home therapies such as lemon juice, cucumber paste or application of aloe vera to the scar.
- Cosmetics can also be used to cover scars and improve cosmetic appearance.
- Medical therapies include silica gel sheets and scar cream containing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) that can reduce scar visibility over time.
- Other treatment options also include cosmetic surgery and dermabrasion, requiring longer times of recovery.
Number of visits, and how long each visit on average for laser treatment?
The number of visits depends on the scar size and variety, and on average a visit lasts one to two hours.
Side Effects for laser treatment
The laser treatment, although quite safe, is an extensive treatment procedure, and carries with it certain risks and side effects. These range from pain and swelling as the most common side effects to bleeding, infection and crusting as more extreme side effects, which are rarer.
Recovery Time for laser treatment
The recovery time from laser therapy for scars and tattoos is minimal, and typically is seven to ten days. After the procedure, the treated site can exhibit redness similar to being sunburnt for four to eight hours, and cooling packs and moisturizers can be used for soothing effect.