Scars and Acne Scars
About my condition
Scars result from a chaotic wound healing response leaving behind fibrotic tissue due to irregular collagen formation. There are different types of scar including atrophic, hypertrophic, contracture and keloid scars.
Available scar revision therapies depend on the type of scar and range from topical creams for mild scarring, cortisone injections to grafting in the case of large, traumatic scars.
How does this treatment work
Laser scar revision is an effective method for treating a wide range of scars that improves skin texture and pigment as well as functional aspects.
For acne and some surgical scars, fractional skin resurfacing can effectively treat textural and pigment concerns. IPL can also be used to decrease pigmentation and vascular effects.
Scars caused by burns and other traumatic injuries are more complicated in nature and can negatively affect the quality of life due to disfigurement, pain, bleeding, pruritis (itching) and restricted range of motion.
Fractional ablative laser resurfacing has been proven to effectively treat such scars and provide consistent and significant functional improvement as well as measurable cosmetic benefits.
Ablative laser resurfacing is a superior resurfacing procedure, however, has more significant downtime. It is currently available in an offsite facility under the direct supervision of our Facial Plastic surgeon and is performed as day stay at the Taylor Clinic. Taylor Clinic is located at Bella Vista on 1300 003 445.
What happens on the day
If your doctor has prescribed a laser treatment, you will need to sign a consent form, have photographs taken for your medical records, remove makeup and you will be given protective eye wear. A Doctor or laser trained nurse, under the supervision of your Doctor will perform the treatments. After the treatment, most people might have mild redness and a cool pack and cooling gel will be applied to reduce any heat and discomfort. Most people can return to work or home.
Risks, side effects, precautions
- Discomfort - varies for people. From a stinging sensation to a rubber band snap. May last up to an hour for some people. The vast majority of people tolerate discomfort however for others we have topical anaesthetic and laughing gas on site.
- Redness – usually resolves 24-48 hours
- Damage to natural skin texture - crusting which can take up to 5-10 days to heal.
Less common but important to know about :
- Change of pigmentation - more common problem in darker skin types or if sun exposure before or after the treatment.
- Hyperpigmentation can fade in 3 months but hypopigmentation may last longer.
- Scarring - extremely rare more likely in those with keloid scarring tendency.
- Excessive swelling especially around eyes – temporarily swelling resolves in few hours – 7 days.
- Bruising – rare. Fades over a month.
- Burns – small chance occurring especially if you perform test patches
How many treatments suggested
About 3 approximately 2-4 weeks apart
Suitable skin types
All skin types.
Minimal. Discomfort maximum 1 hour. Redness resolves over 1-2 days. Makeup ok to wear the next day.
- Sun avoidance minimum 2 weeks before and after treatments.
- SPF50+ sun protection for 1 month after treatment.
- No fake tan 2 weeks prior.
- Herpes Simplex Virus.
- Ensure you tell your doctor if you take any photosensitizing medications such as doxycycline (often prescribed for acne or malaria prevention), St Johns wart, Roaccutane TM, retinoic acid topical creams.
- Herpes Simplex Virus.
How do I start
How do I start
A doctor is required to prescribe a laser treatment. If you would like to discuss whether a laser treatment is suitable for your skin condition, please make an appointment to see one of our Skin Doctors who will fully assess and advise you about your skin condition, treatment options and suitability of your skin for laser/IPL treatments. At the end of your treatment course, our skin doctors will assess your improvement.