Scars are the normal result of the healing process of tissue that has been damaged. The formation of scar tissue always follows a surgical incision, a trauma, a burn or severe acne. Even when the scar is normal (there is no hypertrophy nor has it keloid characteristics) it can affect body function or be disfiguring. Acne scars are the most commonly-observed ones. After the acute phase of the condition (in the medium-severe to the most serious cases), scars are formed which are classified as ice-pick, box-car or rolling. The first can be treated effectively using trichloroacetic acid. Whilst not forgetting the traditional methods for treating these scars (punch-excision, subcision etc), the others can also be improved (but not removed) using a fractional ablative ultrapulse CO2 laser. The specific technique, called “multi-layer technique”, enables different layers of the dermis to be treated and improvements (after more than 1 treatment) are around 50-60%. The same technology, using a different method and different settings, can also be used as a very important aid in the treatment of surgical, traumatic and burn scarring, Histological evidence shows that the treatment modifies the quality of the skin, offering a result much more similar to normal skin.
Treatment of scars – acne, trauma, burn, post-surgical
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