The efficacy of laser treatment depends heavily on the type and severity of your scarring.
For atrophic scars, visible improvement can be seen with ER:YAG laser treatment. However, during the process, healthy skin is being “sanded down” by the laser to match the level of the atrophic scars. As a result, our firm belief is to avoid laser treatments as a first line treatment for atrophic scars. Instead, we believe that laser treatments are best used as a final “touch-up” treatment that smooths out your skin after lifting the scar with other more effective treatments, such as subcision and CROSS.
On the other hand, laser treatments can be effective for patients with non-atrophic scars, notably hypertrophic scars from burns, surgery, or other forms of trauma to the skin. In these cases, we would use a higher ablative Er:YAG setting to remodel the raised skin lesions to flatten them to the level of the surrounding healthy skin. However, in cases where the scar is severely raised and continually growing, as seen with keloid scars, lasers may not be the most viable treatment option.
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