How Can Pulse Dye Laser Improve Surgical and Hypertrophic Scars?

Wulstige NarbeScars are a part of life. Whether you got a scar from when you fell off your bike when you were a child, or as a reminder from a past surgery, you likely have at least one.

“However, not all scars are the same,” mentions Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. For some people, a scar is a badge of honor, while for others it’s a painful reminder of something they’ve endured in the past. If you belong to the latter group, you should consider pulse dye laser for surgical and hypertrophic scars.

Surgical And Hypertrophic Scars

Both of these types of scars result in discoloration of the skin. Whether it’s a redness or a darkness, the skin that forms a scar is different than the other surrounding tissue. “This happens because scar tissue is inherently different than normal skin. It contains thick collagen fibers that bridge the wound and help with healing,” explains Dr. Mamelak

Some people will form scars after surgery, which of course will be discolored, and sometimes these surgical scars will turn into hypertrophic scars. These types of scars can be wide and are often raised from the surface of the skin. They too can be pink, red or darker than the surrounding skin, and even itchy or painful at times.

How The Pulse Dye Laser Can Help

If you want to improve the appearance of your scar, you should consider a pulse dye laser. This laser works to target the collagen and blood vessels in the affected area of the skin. It works to decrease the number of collagen-producing fibroblast cells that have built up in the skin tissue, in order to promote new growth of healthy normal skin. Importantly, it only treats the areas of the scar, and not the normal surrounding tissue.

In addition, this laser treatment can help to reduce the size of the scar, improve scar pliability, and also help to alleviate pain associated with the scar. Although scars can fade over time, you shouldn’t have to wait for that. Thanks to the Pulse Dye Laser, you can speed up your recovery and have your scar revised and improved within days.

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