Laser Treatments

  • How do scars form?
  • Scars form as part of skin's natural healing process whenever multiple layers of skin are injured. The injury may be the result of an accident, surgery, burns or even severe acne.
  • What the types of scars?
  • There are basically three types of scars: Atrophic, Hypertrophic and Keloidal.
    1. Atrophic Scarring is depressed pin-like pockets in the skin that can result from skin conditions such as acne and chickenpox. Other presentation of atrophic scars is in the form of stretch marks or striae, the exact cause of which is unknown. It is however thought that stretch marks or striae are often due to excessive stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or rapid weight gain (e.g. pregnancy, muscle building, or rapid gain of fat).
    2. Hypertrophic Scarring is firm, raised and pink scars that remain within the initial wound area and may fade over time. It is seen most commonly secondary to some injury or following surgery and are seen typically within six months of initial insult to the skin.
    3. Keloidal Scarring is firm, raised and reddish-purple scars that extend beyond the initial wound area and can increase in size with time. These scars are the most distressing to the patient in terms of itching, pain and unsightly surface. They are commonly seen in extensive burns and in individuals who have keloidal tendency and hereditary predisposition.
  • How do stretch marks form?
  • Stretch marks or striae are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy, muscle building, or rapid gain of fat).
  • Any special advice for people with sensitive skin to avoid these marks?
  • One should always use good emollients while anticipating sudden weight gain or weight loss. This may minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Is the scar and stretch mark removal permanent?
  • Yes, the scar reduction is permanent.
  • How do Lasers work to reduce Scars?
  • Laser beams work on the principle of producing micro-injuries in the deeper layers of skin, thus stimulating new collagen formation and making the scar shallow and narrower with each subsequent sitting.
  • Are Laser treatments for Stretch Marks a safe bet?
  • Yes, ablative pixel Erbium YAG laser is the best bet in terms of safety and efficacy on Indian skin. The biggest advantage of Laser treatment is the speed with which the results are achieved. Most patients notice improvement after the very first sitting.
  • Is the treatment painful?
  • The procedure feels like snapping of rubberband and usually tolerated well by most of the patients. But for sensitive individuals and at higher fluence levels, topical anesthesia with mixture of lidocaine and prilocaine for 60 minutes prior to the procedure may be needed. As an alternative, cold air or ice may be used to minimize discomfort.
  • Any side effects of Laser Removal for stretch marks & scars?
  • No serious side-effects or complications are noted post-treatment, however some patients may get redness and inflammation over the treated area which is self-limiting and settles overnight. Ice compresses may be applied to the treatment areas to speed up recovery and to make you more comfortable.
  • How many treatment sessions will I need?
  • Scar revision requires 3 to 5 sittings while stretch mark reduction requires 6 to 8 sittings.