Most people don’t like having scars on their body, so after a while they start exploring scar removal options. Although laser technology is widely used for scar removal most people are not sure how effective lasers are on older scars. So physicians often get asked this question – Is my scar too old for laser removal.
Scars – What Causes Them?
Scars form naturally during the healing process after the skin has been injured. Some scars are small and hardly visible, while others are raised and thick. There are numerous types of scars, and the treatment options vary.
Is My Scar Too Old For Laser Removal?
Laser resurfacing is often the best option for getting rid of all types of scars, including old scars. With laser scar removal, the intense laser light is applied to the scar and removes the upper skin layer, to reveal skin below that looks like the surrounding healthy tissue. It usually requires several laser treatments to achieve the desired improvement (read more).
Recovery time is minimal after laser scar removal, but patients may experience some redness and stinging for a few hours, as well as slight swelling that lasts for a few days.
Although laser therapy can get rid of older scars, the effectiveness will depend on the depth and severity of the scar. It’s therefore best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, to determine if laser therapy is the right treatment option for you.