Smooth unblemished skin is something we all desire but few of us ever have. Cuts and bruises, surgery, accidents, burns and acne all can leave very noticeable scars which can affect our self esteem and bother us. People can’t help staring at scars, which of course makes those of us who have scars very self conscious.
In the past, surgical removal of scars was the treatment of choice. However surgical scar removal leaves another scar and involves surgery. Laser skin resurfacing has been used to remove scars, but the laser resurfacing technique only smoothed the superficial surface of the skin, and did not correct the depression or divot in the skin that occurs with most noticeable scars.
New 1540 Non ablative fractional erbium laser scar treatments have produced remarkable scar removal results with no surgery, no peeling and no healing down time. The Starlux 1540 non-ablative fractional Erbium laser works by plumping the scar and smoothing the scar by re-organizing the basic collagen structure of the scar. See before and after pictures of Starlux 1540 laser scar removal treatment below:Above: Before and after picture of laser scar removal of deep chin scar with the Starlux 1540 non-ablative fractional laser skin resurfacing laser.
What Causes A Scar?
A scar is caused by damage to the dermis, the deep layer of the skin below the surface. A scratch or cut, surgical incision, an acne pustule, a deep burn, or any trauma that goes deep into the skin injures the dermis. If the dermis cannot regenerate itself enough to replace all of the damaged tissue, a depression exists in the skin which appears as a visible scar.
Injuries that affect only the surface of the skin, called the epidermis, usually heal without a scar. When you see a visible scar it means that the injury was deep enough to damage the dermis and the dermis has not been regenerated.
How Can A Scar Be Improved or Removed?
What is needed for improvement in most visible scars is the production of new collagen in the dermis to replace the lost dermis and plump the scar. The main component of the dermis is collagen, and if the dermis can be induced to produce enough new collagen, the scar will be plumped and become less visible.
The basis of the new Starlux scar removal process is the production of new collagen in the dermis.
How Does Starlux 1540 Laser Scar Removal Work?
The Starlux 1540 erbium laser beams actually go deep into the dermis and promote the growth of new collagen in the dermis. This new collagen fills the deficient dermis and plumps the skin beneath the depressed scar. See the diagrams below to understand how the Starlux 1540 builds new collagen in the dermis to plump and improve scars:Above: actual microscopic slides showing new collagen produced in the dermis following Starlux 1540 fractional laser resurfacing of the skin. The pink columns are new collagen. As the laser power is increased, the laser goes deeper and new collagen is produced into deeper portions of the dermis where deep scars need to be plumped.
The best thing is that the Starlux 1540 is non ablative which means that the surface of the skin is not damaged or removed during the laser treatment. This means that you do not have to go through the prolonged healing required by old time laser resurfacing. Your skin surface is still intact immediately after treatment. See before and after pictures of acne scar removal with Starlux 1540 fractional laser skin resurfacing below:
What Is The Starlux 1540 Scar Removal Treatment Like?
We apply a numbing cream to your skin prior to treatment for your comfort. The Starlux 1540 hand piece has a small circle at the end which is pressed against the scar, and the laser is turned on.
You will feel heat as the laser is fired, however patients find it easy to tolerate.
The skin is not broken, thus your skin is only pink or red after treatment. No open wounds, no skin peel, no need for soaks or dressings. The pink may last 24 hours, but you can use makeup to cover the pink because the skin is intact.
How many Treatments Are Needed?
You will need at least 4 treatments spaced 4-5 weeks apart for maximum collagen production and skin and scar plumping. Severe, deep acne scars and surgical scars may require more treatments for optimal results.
When Will I See A Result?
You will see swelling the first two weeks after treatment but this swelling is just the immediate effect of the laser treatment.
New collagen production does not begin for 6 weeks after the treatment, and visible improvement usually is seen by the third month.
Remember, we are stimulating the scarred skin to make new collagen, which takes time. There is no quick fix for immediate scar removal results, even with scar removal surgery.
The collagen production continues for six months to a year after the last treatment.
By 6 months into the program, which is 3 months after your last and fourth treatment you will be seeing visible results. The scar will continue to improve for at least 6 months after your last treatment.
Who Should Do My Starlux 1540 laser Scar Removal?
Board certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists are the experts at laser skin treatments. You should inquire if the doctor specializes or is experienced in laser skin treatments, as many board certified doctors don’t use lasers.
The best scar removal results I have seen have been with the Starlux system made by Palomar Medical a laser company. They have a special interest in scar removal and improvement, unlike other laser companies that have focused mainly on wrinkle removal.