Scars Don't Have to Be Permanent: Learn About Our Laser Treatment Options

For some people, scars can be a proud reminder of a valiant effort or action-packed story. But you may not be as happy with your scars. Some scars trigger painful memories, while others are unsightly, diminishing your overall confidence. We have a solution for you. Laser scar removal has become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure that can significantly reduce the appearance of your scars.  

At his private practice in Plant City, Florida, Omar Aref, MD, specializes in treating scars using laser therapy. With state-of-the-art tools and techniques, Dr. Aref can guarantee healthier skin with a more even texture. 

What is laser therapy?

When your skin suffers a traumatic injury, your body works to heal the wound. Accelerating the healing process causes a mix of cells and collagen to essentially pile on top of one another, leaving you with a thick scar. 

Our patients choose laser therapy to address different types of scars, including surgical scars, acne scars, and those that develop from injuries. Laser therapy is not designed to make your scars disappear altogether, but it can make them less noticeable. 

One type of laser treatment works by removing the outer layer of your skin where damages are present. Focusing beams of light on the afflicted area helps stimulate the production of new skin cells. Lasers that target your blood vessels can help reduce redness and discoloration. Some scars may require multiple sessions and more extensive treatment depending on the depth of scarring. 

Types of laser scar treatments

Three common methods of scar treatment using laser technology are: 

Each procedure can take up to an hour but varies based on the individual case. The area may remain red for a few hours after the process. Mild swelling and stinging can occur with results appearing 3-10 days after the skin heals. For best results, you may need additional laser sessions. 

What to expect from laser therapy 

Dr. Aref begins by cleaning the area around the scar. He may apply a local anesthetic to the area to prevent any discomfort. If Dr. Aref is addressing scars on your face, you wear protective goggles. Wet towels or gauze placed around the area absorb the laser pulses Dr. Aref applies to the skin as he passes the laser over the scar tissue. 

After treatment, you can return home the same day, but you may need a follow-up appointment with Dr. Aref so he can gauge the improvements. The area around your scar may be sensitive and require regular washing to avoid infection. Applying a moisturizer twice daily helps with redness and prevents excessive dryness. 

You can use cold packs and over-the-counter medications to reduce painful symptoms. Avoid direct sunlight for up to six weeks after the procedure, and avoid makeup using for a few days. Side effects may include itching, swelling, bleeding, or mild pain. If pain persists, redness increases, or pus forms near the area, you should contact our office as soon as possible. 

If you’re interested in laser scar removal, call our office or book an appointment online. 

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