Scarring is often an unavoidable result of surgery. If you have a surgical scar, you may be bothered by the way it looks, particularly if it’s red or unevenly textured. Fortunately, laser treatments can significantly improve the appearance of new and mature scars.
The earlier you treat a surgical scar, the better your cosmetic outcome may be. One laser device can’t correct everything, so make sure to visit a practice that offers a full spectrum of lasers. Miami Skin & Vein has lasers to treat every aspect of scarring, bringing you closer to the smooth, even skin you desire.
Laser Treatments for New Scars
It’s typically appropriate to start scar treatments as soon as your sutures come out. Dr. Shaun Patel sees many patients around the two-week post-surgical mark. Plastic surgeons tend to refer patients to our practice after procedures such as facelifts, breast reductions, and tummy tucks.
With new scars, the goal is to minimize redness while supporting proper healing. The Vbeam® Perfecta pulsed-dye laser is the preferred device for these applications. It uses a specific form of energy known to reduce redness and inflammation. Ultimately, the Vbeam laser helps the treated scar heal smoothly.
Laser Treatments for Mature Scars
Mature scars tend to have different characteristics than new ones. Common cosmetic concerns with older scars include brown pigmentation and uneven texture. Regardless of how long you’ve had your scar, it’s possible to improve the way it looks and feels.
CO2 laser resurfacing is an excellent treatment for mature scars. This type of laser can smooth the scar and fade brown discoloration. Dr. Patel uses the CO2RE™ system, a state-of-the-art device that offers light, medium, and deep treatment settings.
Special Considerations for Darker Skin Tones
Vbeam and CO2 treatments are not ideal for everyone. While these devices are great for improving scars on patients with light to medium skin, they can put dark skin at risk of hyperpigmentation. For this reason, Dr. Patel prefers to use microneedling on patients with darker skin tones.
Microneedling and fractionated laser treatments actually work in a similar way. They both create tiny channels in the skin, though one uses energy and the other uses fine needles. These small, controlled injuries trigger the body’s healing response and stimulate collagen production. Increased collagen helps improve the skin’s texture and tone.
Adjunct Scar Therapies
Dr. Patel may recommend additional therapies as part of your scar treatment. For example, silicone gel products can help improve the texture, color, and height of scars.
PRP injections are another great option, as they trigger internal healing. Meanwhile, intralesional steroid injections can improve hypertrophic (raised) scars.
Scar treatments are not one-size-fits-all. Dr. Patel will examine your scar and create a customized plan to improve its appearance.
Learn More About Laser Scar Removal in Miami
If you want to improve the appearance of a surgical scar, call 786-618-5039 today to schedule a consultation. Miami Skin & Vein serves Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.