Modern laser technology has meant that scar treatment is more successful than ever before. It works by targeting the skin area that was penetrated by surgical incisions or otherwise underwent dermal changes that resulted in the formation of a scar. Most lasers designed for scar treatment are fraxel lasers which means that the surrounding skin is not affected and only the scarred area is treated to promote rapid collagen growth and the growth of new and healthy skin.
Usually, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the area to be treated. The actual laser treatment can last anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. The procedure is described as feeling like a prickling sensation, comparable to feeling as though your skin has been sunburnt. You may also have some itching but this should disappear within a few hours after the treatment.
Short pulses of micro-fine laser is applied directly on the area, probing deep into the skin to treat its support structure. From here, the body’s natural processes of healing take over, as it removes older, damaged tissue, so it can renew it with collagen and elastin.
Q. Is laser scar treatment suitable for everyone?
A. Any skin type, even extremely light or dark skin, can undergo this procedure. Surgical and acne scars on any part of the body, including the face, can be treated.
Q. How many treatments are required to get optimal results?
A. It is suggested that suitable results are usually gained within 3-7 treatments, however you should discuss your individual needs with your practitioner. Results are apparent in as little as a few days post-treatment however collagen production can lead to an improvement in results for several months after treatment.
Q. What are the side effects?
A. Swelling, redness or itching on the area treated is normal. You may be advised to apply a cold compress on the treated area to help you feel more comfortable and to minimise swelling. Swelling can last for as long as a few days after the procedure, however can disappear in as little as an hour or two.
September 22, 2020 Laser Resurfacing and Fraxel are great treatment options because they can address a few concerns at one; ageing, pigmentation and sun damage, skin texture and scarring. That being said, it is also quite a strong laser treatment. Senior Clinician Rachael from Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia tells us there are some important things to know about prepping and aftercare before you book in. Pre-Treatment Screening Before you can even start your skin-prepping routine, you should have a consultation with a trained Doctor or Clinician to determine which treatment is right for you. “A clinician can assess your skin and recommend the correct laser and the number of treatments you might need based on your skin type, the condition of your skin and what you are trying to achieve,” explains Senior Clinician Rachael. There are a few different lasers that do resurfacing treatments, including Fraxel, CO2 Fractional and Erbium. Not all treatments are suitable for all skin types, so a consultation is a good place to start. Skin Prepping Regardless of which Laser Resurfacing Treatment you have, you’ll need to prepare your skin for 2-4 weeks (depending on your history and skin type) with a pigment inhibiting serum to prevent the […]
August 25, 2020 We chat to Dr Shobhan Manoharan about some of the amazing work we’ve seen him do on his patients. As a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr Manoharan and his team at Brisbane Skin offers a full service dermatology clinic including medical dermatology such as eczema, psoriasis, skin checks and cancer removal but Dr Manoharan’s real passions are aesthetic dermatology including scar treatments and laser treatment rejuvenation. Dr Shobhan Manoharan from Brisbane Skin talks Cosmetic Dermatology. We also discuss how modern laser resurfacing and other cosmetic treatments are able to offer patients an alternative to surgery when it comes to facial rejuvenation. Dr Manoharan is becoming known for his Ten Year Flashback treatment that gives a patient a refresh and rejuvenate that helps with various signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll also want to hear about their Skin Gym! One of the stand-out differences of Brisbane Skin is their exemplary after care offered to their patients. Dr Manoharan says, “We’re definitely not a one night stand clinic. We develop long term relationships with our clients.” Brisbane Skin have several specialists that offer a full range of cosmetic treatments and procedures including liposuction, facial and body contouring, all the latest cosmetic […]
February 23, 2017 Scarring is an inevitable part of having surgery, and is often the one thing that people who decide to have surgery often worry about. Apart from ensuring that you get a highly-qualified Surgeon who focuses on precision incision techniques and proper scar management, there are other technologies that can help minimise scars. Fraxel Laser is one of many technologies for scar reduction for some patients, and Coco Ruby Skin Clinic in Hawthorn and Berwick (VIC) offers this state-of-the-art scar-removal treatment. How FRAXEL laser treatments can help reduce scars after surgery Fraxel laser works by targeting the skin areas that were penetrated by surgical incisions or otherwise underwent dermal changes that resulted in the formation of a scar. Using a patented fractional laser technology, only a small area of the skin tissues are treated at a time. The surrounding skin remains unaffected and intact. The deep penetration of this laser treatment promotes rapid healing, which occurs faster than if the entire skin is treated at once. Collagen production is triggered to encourage the growth of new and healthy skin. Repeated treatments will lead to healthier and renewed skin. Benefits of Fraxel Laser treatments include both scar minimisation AND skin rejuvenation: Removes […]
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May 30, 2013 Younger, Healthier Skin – Quick and Painless There is any number of non-surgical treatments available in the market to assist people in achieving a younger healthier looking skin. These include skin surface treatments such as micro dermabrasion, injectables such as fillers and Anti-wrinkle injections, laser treatments such as Fraxel and radio wave treatments like Ultherapy, Ulthera and Pelleve. Radio wave treatments have become increasingly popular in recent years due to them being quick and relatively painless. Firstly though and in order to understand how the radio wave treatments work it is useful to have a short discussion on why skin becomes wrinkly and what skin care regimes should be implemented in order to give your face the best possible chance to have a healthy glow and for you to be as young looking as possible. Younger looking skin depends on collagen. You have probably all heard or read about collagen. You may have even bought collagen supplement pills or drinks on the basis of marketing claims that they will promote the production of collagen in your body. Well I am sorry to say that there is no scientific evidence to back up those claims. It is very true however that […]