Laser Scar Reduction
Heating of the papillary dermis causes reorganization of the collagen, this is what allows for the reduction in appearance of scars, reduced size of pores, and tightening of the skin. In the slides below you can see the appearance of the collagen before and 3 days after a laser treatment. There is no after treatment care, but patients should expect 1-3 hours of redness (erythema) after each treatment. We recommend 2-4 laser scar reduction treatments depending on the scar.
Laser Scar Reduction Packages
2 treatment $195
4 treatments $375
Understanding Lasers and Laser Treatment
There are many important factors when it comes to selecting the right lasers for realistic outcomes of various treatments. NOT all lasers are created equally. There are 4 main characteristics of a laser that need to be assessed to establish the efficacy for a particular type of treatment.
- Fluence– Power over a set time to a set amount of area.Measured in Joules/cm2; Joules = Watts x Time 2. Pulse Width– Measures the length of time a laser is exposing the target tissue. This with the fluence, spot size, and wavelength determine how much energy is delivered to the targets.
- Spot Size– Refers to the diameter of the laser beam and helps control the depth the laser will travel through the tissues.
- Wavelength- is generated by the materials used to generate the laser beam. This is one of the most important characteristics of the laser because it determines how much energy is absorbed by particular targets in the tissue and how deep the laser will travel through the tissues.
Many companies will claim a high maximum amount of power without stating a spot size or pulse width. Potential patients should make sure they select the right doctor for their treatment. A spot size and wavelength are the most important factors in determining the penetration of the laser in to the tissues. The 1064nm wavelength has one of the best penetrations of any laser on the market, making it very versatile and the choice of many. If the laser is capable of meeting the effective parameters, it can be used to treat hair removal, onychomycosis, spider veins, reticular veins, erythema, skin rejuvenation, scar reduction, and many other conditions.