Laser Scar Removal Toronto
Laser scar removal is one of the most common treatments at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic. With a team including cosmetic doctors and nurses, we use fractional laser resurfacing in conjunction with other techniques to treat a wide variety of scars for men and women in the GTA.
A scar is a disfiguring mark left on the skin by the healing of injured tissue. Scars may develop from infections, surgeries, injuries, or diseases. They usually form within the first couple of months after surgery or trauma, and can appear on any part of the body. The look and severity of scarring depends on many factors such as size, depth of the wound, blood supply to the area, and the thickness and colour of the skin.
Scars affect around 4.5% to 16% of the general public, and are common in those between the ages of 10 and 30. In addition to low self-esteem, patients with scars may have limited mobility, irritation, or pain.
Types of Scars
Most common types of scars include: acne scar, surgical scar, burn scar, injury scar, keloid scar, etc. Proper scar differentiation is important for ensuring the best scar removal treatment is chosen. The following are the main types of scars based on clinical appearance:
Atrophic scars: Unlike hypertrophic scars, atrophic scars form from a low production of collagen or connective tissue, to heal the site of an injury. They are mostly usually formed when the underlying structures that support the skin, such as fat and muscle, are lost and result in pitted scar – like the surface of a golf ball.
Surgical scars: Surgical scars are visible scars that remain on the skin after a surgical incision has healed. Whether a wound heals well or poorly, this type of scar may remain. It is common to see rows of dots next to a larger scar, due to the staples or sutures that close the wound.
Burn scars: Burn scars form as a result of the skin’s exposure to fire or a hot surface. They may be darker than the skins pigment, or devoid of color. First-degree burns generally do not cause scarring, whereas second and third-degree burns will likely cause some degree of scarring. Burns may result in keloid scars or contracture scars, which tighten muscles and tendons making it difficult to move.
Striae: Stretch marks are linear bands of wrinkled skin, caused by rapid weight loss or weight gain. Older striae are mostly lighter in colour and more fibrotic. While stretch marks may occur all over the body, they are most common on the stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Stretch marks may start off as red or purple, however, over time as they lighten they sometimes appear silver in color.
Scar Removal Treatments
While we cannot fully remove any scar, we can improve the look of scar through many scar removal treatments such as kenalog injections, microdermabrasion, certain medications or through surgical revisions.
Introduced in the 1980s, laser scar removal is now one of the most effective scar treatments. Early laser scar removal used the Nd:YAG laser or the CO2 ablative laser. Results were modest, with a righ rate of scar reocurrence, lengthy downtime, and undesirable side effects. Now new technology – fractional laser resurfacing – has become the new gold-standard for laser scar removal.
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What results laser scar removal can achieve?
Recent studies show that the Lux1540 has treated a broad range of scars (burn scars, avulsion-like trauma scars, dog bites, post-surgical scars, tattoo removal scars) as well as scars with dys-pigmentation. In certain types of scars, the Lux1540 fractional non-ablative laser had produced clinical improvement of 75%.
The texture, look, and symptoms of scars can greatly improve after a few treatments. Results are long-lasting, and recurrences are rare. Younger scars will respond best to the laser scar treatments.
Click to see some amazing before after pictures of laser scars removal from Q Esthetics.
How fractional laser scar removal works?
Scar removal treatment requires deep energy through the epidermis and into the reticular dermis, for a drastic healing response. By creating micro-columns of hard tissue, the Lux1540 triggers a wound healing response that removes this tissue and replaces it with healthy tissue. This allows for a quick re-connection of the treated tissue. Because the 1540 nm wavelength is absorbed by water in the tissue, it is safe for all skin types.
What are the side effects with laser scar removal?
In contrast to side effects of traditional full-surface therapies; which may include oozing, crusting, infection, and hyper-pigmentation – patients treated with the Lux1540 feel less pain and only minor swelling and/or redness lasting just a few days.
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Scar Removal Toronto
Here at Q Esthtics Laser Clinic, we treat a variety of scars for thousands of people each year in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Thornhill, Brampton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Newmarket and other surrounding areas of the GTA.
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