Laser scar removal treatment is one of those things that people talk about in the same way they do magic. A single wave of the wand and “TADA” the scar is gone. But laser scar removal is not a trick, it’s a quick and effective professional medical procedure based on proven science that can provide astounding results when performed properly by a medical professional. Before you consider laser scar removal treatment it is important to consider some important facts.
1. Laser scar removal may not completely remove your scar
Lasers are quickly becoming a go-to treatment method for scar removal of any type of scar. Laser scar removal can reduce the visibility of pruritus, keloids, hypertrophic, scar tissue, burns, surgery scars and more, but it is important to understand no scar treatment available can completely remove your scars. Nonetheless, laser scar removal is without a doubt the most effective scar treatment method available today, and the final result is as close to a completely removed scar as is technologically possible. It has also has been shown to prevent scars from forming post-surgery, reduce pain in scarred areas, and increase the range of motion in areas where a scar prevents it.
Laser scar removal treatment is also used to simply reduce a scars visibility, but it may not completely erase a scars existence. The first step to having any scar removed is to educate yourself and set realistic expectations for each scar removal treatment method you are considering. A good way to think of laser scar removal traetment, is that instead of removing your scar, it replaces it with a far less visible one.
2. Every scar is different
Scar removal treatment plans are unique to the person being treated. In order to effectively treat the scarred area the doctor will take your skin type, scar type, and your overall health into consideration to determine how to proceed most effectively.
It’s also smart to be honest about your expectation during a consultation so your doctor can do the same and ensure you understand what kind of results you can expect after each treatment session. Your doctor will need to know what you are hoping will happen before the treatment is given.
3. Stay out of the sun
We all love to have tan skin, but the sun has been known to have harmful effects on skin and laser scar removal should not be performed on sunburned skin. If you show up to the dermatologist with a sunburn they are going to turn you away at the door. It’s not just sunburns either. In fact, it’s just as important that you not show up to your laser scar removal treatment with a tan because the laser can do serious and/or permanent damage to you skin.
Even after having the treatment it is important to protect your skin. If your newly treated skin is exposed to direct sunlight for too long you can develop another scar, not to mention pain. It is imperative that you play it safe and minimize your skins exposure to direct sunlight before and after receiving any kind of laser scar removal treatment.
4. Your routine may have to change
Smoking, certain medications, supplements, and the sun are all things to be avoided when seeking Laser scar removal Treatment. Even certain skin care products, such as ones that contain retinoid or glycolic acid, will need to be avoided. Make sure you talk to your doctor before receiving treatment to ensure you understand what changes you may need to make during this time.
5. There’s more than just one kind of laser
For the best results possible, your doctor may want to try more than one laser scar removal treatment strategy. Different lasers provide different levels of effectiveness on different kinds of scars. Your doctor will know what laser will work best for you, but may recommend laser scar removal treatment that involves different lasers.
6. You’ll probably need more than one laser treatment
In order to provide the longest lasting results your dermatologist my recommend more than one treatment. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s very likely your scar won’t be removed in a day either. Despite the extremely high effectiveness of laser scar removal treatment, your skin may need to heal between sessions in order to get the best results possible. Be patient, and talk with your doctor to ensure you understand how many laser scar removal treatment sessions you should expect to undertake for your specific scar.
7. You’ll need to take care of it at home
Making sure to work your doctors recommended at-home care into your daily routine will make sure that you see the best results possible and prevent any issues with your treatment. If you are serious about removing your scars, you will need to take care of your skin before and after each laser scar removal treatment session.
8. Be aware of what your insurance will cover
Laser scar treatment can reduce the pain or itchiness, and help improve range of motion that a scar may be limiting. Even with those benefits, most health insurance providers will not cover scar treatment if they consider it to be purely cosmetic. On the other hand, laser scar removal treatment can be covered by insurance when you can prove it is not simply cosmetic, for instance, when a scar is preventing your body from functioning properly in some way or another. Common examples of this would be scars that prevent a full range of motion of the joints or scars that cause pain. Unfortunately, because of their location, most facial scars such as acne scars are considered a cosmetic problem and treatment is therefore typically not covered by insurance.
9. Be patient
Your results will not be instant. Laser scar treatment is a process and you’ll need to factor this into your expectations. Keep in mind, each scar is different, and an individual treatment plan is created to provide best results. But, that also means some scars may take longer to remove than others. If you want to have a better idea of how long it will take to remove your scars, you will need to consult with your doctor, who will need to review your scar, skin type, and medical history to make a proper assessment.
Pay attention to this list and talk to your dermatologist about things to consider when you do decide to pursue laser scar treatment. If you have a scar and are seeking laser scar removal treatment, contact us today using the form below and schedule a free consultation to learn more about what your specific treatment plan might look like.