About Laser Scar Treatment
Dr Bodian's favorite baby...Scars are a very common skin issue that may be located anywhere on the body. In some cases, a scar is an unwanted reminder of an old wound or some other issue that damaged the skin. While most scars aren't problematic, certain scars are unappealing, unsightly and painful. They can be too big or too wide, bumpy, dark, recessed, or raised. Based on where the scar is located and its condition, lasers can improve the appearance of scars. If you feel self-conscious or are experiencing pain or pulling from scars on your body, Dr. Adam Bodian provides the newest laser treatments using a combination of fractional, non-ablative fractional, vascular, pigment lasers and RF microneedling sometimes combined with laser assisted medical delivery, to help improve the appearance and symptoms of scars. We invite you to contact Bodian Dermatology in Great Neck, NY to schedule a consultation.
Types of Scars
There are many types of scars. The type you have can determine the surgical technique to treat it. The most frequent scars Dr. Bodian treats are:
- Superficial Scars
The subtlest type, superficial scars do not cause any issue other than a blemished appearance.
- Keloid Scars
Keloid scars are larger in size and can be sometimes painful. The skin surrounding the scar is typically discolored and grows past the borders of the original wound.
- Hypertrophic Scars
This type of scar can also be large. They may be thicker and grow bigger in time; however, they don't commonly grow beyond the original wound borders.
- Contracture Scars
A contracture scar is deemed more complicated as it develops over a greater area of skin. A burn is one example of this type of scar. Many times, a contracture scar feels tight and also restricts movement in some patients.
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Ideal Candidates for Scar Removal
Patients who have a scar that they find unsightly, bothersome, or embarrassing may want to learn more about laser scar removal. It is critical for patients at Bodian Dermatology who get a scar revision procedure to be aware that while this treatment may improve the physical appearance of the scar and reduce its size, it will not make it fully disappear. The type of procedure chosen will depend on where the scar is located, the type of scar it is, and the depth, size, and shape.
How Laser Scar Removal is Done
During your consultation, Dr. Bodian will determine a personalized treatment plan based on the type of scar you have, along with its size, appearance, and location. When you come to Bodian Dermatology for your laser scar procedure, we will make sure you are comfortable in one of our private treatment rooms before cleaning the treatment area and applying a numbing cream. The length and number of treatments will vary based on the size of the scar(s) being treated.
What to Expect AFter Your Laser Treatment
Following laser scar revision treatment, we will apply ointment to your treated skin along with bandages to help protect the area. You can expect redness, sensitivity, and swelling. You could also feel a sunburned sensation and experience slight scabbing. It is important to follow aftercare instructions carefully to expedite the healing process. Many patients notice that their scar looks lighter, smaller, and thinner after one treatment. Dr. Bodian will let you know as multiple sessions are needed based on your cosmetic goals. Please remember that the scar cannot be fully eliminated; however, most scar revision procedures can create a softer, more natural appearance.
Improve Your Scar's Appearance
When you have an unwanted scar that bothers you, Bodian Dermatology has laser treatments to make it less noticeable. After examining the shape, size, type, and depth of scar you have, a revision plan can be developed to help improve its appearance. Using nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Bodian will adjust the scar and surrounding skin for a more natural and normal appearance. We invite you to contact Bodian Dermatology in Great Neck, NY to schedule your scar treatment consultation.