Unwanted scars can be reduced or removed using a variety of laser treatments. Our physicians are experts in scar revision techniques, with numerous research studies and publications on the subject. With more than 100 lasers in use at our practice, we can target your scars with unprecedented precision to produce the best possible results.
- Downtime: Minimal
- Pain Level: Minimal
- Results Duration: Long-Lasting
Scars from injury, surgery or trauma
Mild redness and swelling following treatment – skin wounding is also possible
Anywhere on the face and body
Some patients will require a series of treatment sessions to achieve an optimal outcome
Lasers target the scar without damaging surrounding skin and tissue
Some patients do not need any anesthetic, while others might have topical or local anesthesia, as well as nitrous oxide or IV sedation
Reduction or elimination of scarring
Results are apparent after final treatment session
Scars are often unwanted reminders of medical conditions, injuries, trauma, or surgery. When they are noticeable, they can also lead to significant embarrassment and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are ways to treat scars today that do not involve incisions, anesthesia, and downtime.
Top, board-certified dermatologists at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® treat a variety of scars including acne scars, red scars, brown scars, white scars, surgical scars, raised scars, and depressed scars. We treat patients of all ages, including young children, through laser therapies and injectable treatments designed for maximum improvement.
The ability to customize treatments to the precise needs and skin tone of each patient is the primary factor in a successful procedure. Our physicians lead the field in scar treatment with more than 100 laser devices to choose from. Through extensive experience and expertise, we are able to achieve superior results that attract patients from across the country and around the globe.
How does Scar Treatment Work?
Laser scar treatment uses a variety of different laser devices to target the scar without damaging the surrounding skin and tissue. Our board-certified physicians are laser experts that know precisely how to match laser devices to our patients to achieve an optimal outcome. The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® performs laser scar removal using the following laser devices:
Do Scar Treatments Hurt?
Most of the laser treatments performed at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York involve little discomfort for our patients. We will apply a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic prior to the procedure when necessary to prevent a painful experience. Our doctors are highly experienced in using these devices and will take the steps to ensure your treatment is experience is both positive and as comfortable as possible.
When Will I See Results?
You may start to see improvement in the days following your procedure. However, most patients will require more than one treatment session to achieve an optimal outcome. That result will become apparent after your final session.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
While it depends on the specifics of your procedure, most of our scar treatments do not require much, if any, downtime afterward. You might experience some mild redness and swelling in the treatment area for a day or two. It is imperative to protect your skin from the sun while it heals to avoid potential damage.
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Questions and Answers
Q: Is Scar Treatment Safe?
A: Yes. All the laser devices that we use for our scar removal procedures have been approved by the FDA. In addition, our board-certified physicians have extensive experience in using these devices and will use their expertise to customize your treatment plan so it is both safe and effective for you.
Q: How Successful Will My Treatment Be?
A: Scar treatments vary in terms of how much reduction you might see. Variables include the type and depth of the scar, your skin tone and how well your skin responds to the laser. Our doctors are highly experienced in scar removal and will be able to advise you at the beginning of your treatment plan as to how much improvement you should expect from your procedures.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: Because scar treatment permanently alters the scar, the results are long-lasting. You should not see the scar return once it has been successfully treated.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Most scar treatments do not involve many side effects and the ones that do appear are usually mild and temporary. Some patients might experience mild swelling, tenderness, skin redness, or bruising around the treatment area. Make sure to protect treated skin from direct sun exposure while it heals to avoid possible damage.
Q: What are My Options in Scar Treatment?
A: Most of our scar treatments are performed using a laser device. With multiple options at our disposal, we can customize your treatment to your specific scar, skin tone, and desired results to ensure the best possible outcome. Devices we use include the Vbeam Perfecta laser, alexandrite laser, Nd:YAG laser, Fraxel lasers, the PicoSure, Active and Deep FX, and the Excel V.
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