Excessive scarring, particularly as a result of burns and acne, have been historically difficult to treat. However, the latest advances in fractional laser skin resurfacing procedures have made scar removal and the treatment of burned tissue much easier.
Dr. Jill Waibel, a dermatologist in South Florida, has been using fractional laser resurfacing devices to treat deep burn scars, and has found that fractional devices can help to not only make a scar thinner, but also lessens the redness and brown lesions that make the scars so pronounced. According to dr. Waibel, “The scar subject is really exciting now and I really see it going in two different directions – scar prevention – one of the neatest things is a fetus in utero does not form cars, so we know there is a model that exists for no scars…I’m doing some work right now at the University of Miami to prevent scars from forming or to fix them immediately, so I think there are some real advantages in that arena.”
Dr. Waibel reports that some lasers are capable of interrupting the scar formation process, which can help with the resolution of certain types of scars. In most cases, patients need multiple treatments to see any type of resolution of their scars. Today, ablative lasers are the most effective way to remove a bad scar and help the skin heal naturally.
With all types of treatments, patience is key. Most people need to undergo a series of treatments, for up to a year at a time, in order to see any significant results. Collagen remodeling, a process that involves injecting collagen into certain areas of the body to make the skin more resilient, can also help to produce lasting results. The collagen remodeling process can last anywhere from three to six months, and it can take up to a year to see a noticeable difference.