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Scar Removal Treatment Types

  • Published: 2010-06-13 (Revised/Updated 2018-01-26) : Sara Goldstein.
  • Synopsis: Examines different types of scars and the best scar removal treatment method for each.

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Severe scars, such as those left from burns, often require surgery. More superficial scars can be minimized or removed with less-invasive treatments.

Scar removal is somewhat like laying out a new road surface: maybe you can still drive on the old road, but the new surface makes it smoother and more attractive. New technology in laser surgery promises to give you a better ride than ever before.

A scar occurs as part of the healing process of a wound. After a wound becomes inflamed, new tissue forms. Collagen is a protein found in connective tissue that supports the skin and bone structure; when too much of it is left in a wound, a scar forms. Severe scars, such as those left from burns, often require surgery. More superficial scars can be minimized or removed with less-invasive treatments.

There are three main types of scars:

Treatments for Scars

Laser Removal Procedure

For atrophic scars, the laser is moved along the scar during the removal procedure. This vaporizes, or removes, the top layer of skin. The more natural-looking skin lying underneath will heal over time and minimize the scar appearance. Fraxel treatment for scars works especially well for thin atrophic scars. Older, bigger, or deeper scars usually require more treatments.

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