Scars form when collagen fibers near the wound begin to weave together. These fibers are often thicker and denser than those of the surrounding tissue and will create an area that is darker and coarser in texture. Scar tissue is much thicker and more rigid than other types of tissue. Thanks to new laser technology, women don’t have to live with most scars
A CO2 laser can reduce the appearance of many types of scars, including acne scars, traumatic and surgical scars, as well as, wrinkles and sun damage. The CO2 laser can be used to directly impact the blood vessels in the skin and may actually affect how the collagen fibers react, softening the tissue and restoring elasticity. Another plus, CO2 lasers can be customized. Treatment can be deeper or shallower, depending on the area being treated and desired results. Some scars may not be totally eliminated, but they will be greatly diminished.
How a wound heals and the health of the skin prior to the injury will determine what type of scar will form. Scar revision procedures helps to eliminate the bulk of the scar tissue so that the wound can begin to heal without creating a large, extremely noticeable scar. If a large scar is being revised, the large scar may have to be surgically removed before the CO2 laser can be effective. Most surgical scar revisions can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. However, if the scar is deep and extremely large, it may have to be performed under some form of anesthesia in an operating room. Smaller scar revision procedures can be performed in the doctor's office if the right equipment is nearby. When performed correctly, the visible appearance of a scar can be dramatically reduced.
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