Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Scars can occur for a number of different reasons. In many cases, the scar will heal poorly and may become an atrophic, hypertrophic, contracture or keloid scars. These scars can often appear aesthetically unappealing, particularly if the scar is on a prominent area of the body.
Laser scar removal removes the top layer of the skin, while also stimulating the production of new collagen, leaving you with newer, tighter and healthier tissue.
For laser scar removal, Centre for Surgery uses Fotona’s SP Line multi-application laser system.
There are many advantages to undergoing laser scar revision, including:
You will be a suitable candidate for laser scar removal if you have a scar on your body which you dislike the appearance of and wish to improve.
You will have to be at least 18 years old to undergo laser scar removal.
It is important to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. Laser scar revision will not completely remove the scar. It will, however, improve the aesthetic appearance of the scar and make the scar less noticeable.
You will need to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking at least two weeks before having treatment. You may also need to stop taking certain medications; your surgeon will be able to advise you on this.
Prior to undergoing treatment, you will have a consultation with one of our surgeons who will be able to assess the scar. In some instances, your scar may be better treated with surgical scar removal.
Laser scar revision is done using Fotona’s SP Line laser system, which involves dual-wavelength scar-revision therapy.
The first wavelength is the Er:YAG wavelength, which is used for ablation of scar tissue and collagen remodelling.
It also uses the Nd:YAG wavelength which improves the aesthetic appearance and tissue quality of the scar.
This is a handheld device which precisely targets the scar, reducing its appearance.
The laser will only target the area where the scar is and will leave the surrounding skin and tissue undamaged. Other non-surgical procedures will target the entire area, while laser revision allows for more control, resulting in precise and accurate treatment.
You will start to see results immediately after treatment. However, you may need to undergo multiple treatments to achieve the desired results.
This is performed as a day procedure, so you will be able to return home once the procedure is complete.
Laser scar revision is a non-surgical procedure, so there is minimal recovery time.
You may notice some redness or swelling on the treated area, which should last around 24 hours. You may wish to place an ice pack on the area to help reduce any symptoms.
You may need to undergo multiple treatments to achieve the desired results.
Laser treatment will improve the appearance of the scar and make it less noticeable. However, it will not completely remove the scar.
At Centre for Surgery, our surgeons use Fotona’s SP Line laser system. This is a dual-wavelength laser. This includes the Er:YAG laser, which works on the collagen remodelling and scar tissue ablation. The second laser is Nd:YAG, which improves the tissue quality of the scar and the aesthetic appearance.
You may feel some level of discomfort during the treatment. While the laser treatment is occurring, a cooling spray will be emitted, which will prevent any damage to your skin.
This is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure, so there is little to no downtime involved.
You will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure.
You may notice some redness and swelling on the treated area, which may last for the first 24 hours. If necessary, place an ice pack on the area to help decrease swelling.