Scars are marks left on your skin after a wound. They form because your body rapidly creates collagen to reconnect the broken tissue. While your body is doing this work, it creates a scab over the wound to protect it from germs as the body heals. The scab eventually dries up and falls off, leaving behind tissue with a different texture than the surrounding skin; a scar.
Scars are usually flat and pale, but when your body produces too much collagen, scars can be raised. Also called hypertrophic scars or keloids, raised scars are more common in younger people and people with darker skin.
Laser treatment has been proven to minimize the appearance of scars.
To perform scar reduction, Dr. Furst uses xeo®, an aesthetic device that uses laser technology to safely and effectively treat scars. It’s a fast and simple procedure that’s easy to tolerate and requires very little or no downtime. The xeo device is customizable, so Dr. Furst can provide you with a treatment plan that works best for your needs.
Laser scar reduction uses short pulses of laser light to reach down into the lower layers of the skin. In the coming weeks, your body’s natural healing process will flush out the damaged tissue and rebuild it with fresh new skin, collagen, and elastin.
The length of your laser scar reduction procedure is determined by the amount of scar tissue Dr. Furst treats, but one to two hours is standard.
For safety, you wear goggles to protect your eyes from the laser's bright light during the procedure. You may also be given a local anesthetic or sedative if pain is a serious possibility with your procedure. Dr. Furst discusses these issues and any other concerns you may have before treatment.
Recovery depends on the size and depth of the scar being removed, but typically, patients have little to no downtime after laser scar removal. You should carefully follow Dr. Furst’s instructions regarding avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen.
If you have a scar that you’re interested in removing, Dr. Furst can perform an evaluation and determine a treatment plan for your needs. To get started, call Furst MD Aesthetics or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.
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