Scars occur on the body as a natural response during wound healing and repair. At Cosmos Clinic, the unsightly appearance of scars can be reduced and minimised with a combination of ProFractional laser, Platelet rich plasma (PRP) Dermal Fillers and fat transfer for optimal results.
Scar treatment without the lengthy healing period of surgical methods
Fractional Laser Resurfacing treats a small “fraction” of the skin while leaving intact undamaged skin around each treated area. This acts as a barrier and reservoir for rapid healing. “Fractional” Laser Resurfacing is a technology which delivers results similar to that of deep chemical peels or ablative laser resurfacing. The benefit of this form of scar removal is that the procedure is without the discomfort and lengthy healing period that other scar treatments have. These include surgical treatments and surgical methods of removal such as Scar Revision Surgery. All traditional resurfacing methods treat the entire skin surface, to obtain a significant, “permanent” result. The entire top (epidermal) layer of skin is damaged or removed, creating a visible wound and a loss of the skins protective function.
Scars can be treated with a ProFractional Laser and platelet rich plasma to stimulate the formation of new collagen. Topical anaesthetic is applied to minimise discomfort.
Dermal fillers and fat transfer help to fill any holes left by the scar as well as stimulate new collagen.
The laser head is evenly tracked over the treatment area. The skin is kept cool just after treatment with cold packs. The actual treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. Unlike the lasers used in skin clinics, ProFractional Lasering can effectively treat keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, acne scars and other facial scars. Additionally, for those with slight scarring, dermapen and skin needling is also an option. It is a less invasive alternative to ProFractional Lasers.
As the anaesthetic wears off, a sensation of heat or “sunburn” may be experienced, lasting about 30 minutes. This is easily relieved by cool compresses. Elevation of the treated area on the evening of treatment will help keep any swelling to a minimum and discomfort is easily controlled with cool (not ice) compresses and pain medications such as Panadol. In the week after treatment, the skin may become dry and red, similar to that experienced after a sunburn. This “bronzed” appearance and dryness is from the surface of each laser “spot” which will separate and slough off. During this time, potentially irritating skin products such as AHAs or Retinoids should be avoided and only moisturisers and zinc oxide sunscreens should be applied. The redness and bronzing will gradually improve over a week or so. Some patients will experience mild to moderate swelling for a few days after treatment and in rare cases, “streaking” or mild blistering of the skin may occur. Vaseline should be applied to the area until healing takes place, which usually occurs within a week.
New collagen production can take up to 3-6 months for the full results (* Results may vary from patient to patient), so expect a gradual improvement in acne scarring over 3 – 6 months
Scar treatment prices vary depending on your overall situation and expectations.
Prices range from $750 – $1,000
Initial consultation is between $150 – $220
Fractional Laser Resurfacing with the Profile Sciton Laser uses an invisible laser beam which is strongly absorbed by water. The beam is less than 100 millionths of an inch in diameter (about the size of a human hair). The beam passes through the dry, outer layer of skin and wounds the underlying collagen. Nearby undamaged cells immediately move into this microscopically damaged area and heal the wounded area. During each treatment, millions of these microscopic areas are created, but most of the skin remains undamaged – allowing for rapid healing. Further collagen remodelling and some skin tightening takes place over the next 3-6 months. Because fractional laser resurfacing emulates “traditional” ablative procedures, many conditions may be treated with either method. Fractional Laser Resurfacing has the advantage of ease of treatment with minimal discomfort and downtime.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Can be combined with fractional laser to obtain optimal results. PRP has growth factors which can enhance the production of new collagen to reduce the appearance of scarring. Dermal Fillers: Can be injected under the scar tissue to further stimulate collagen and fill in the hollows created by the scarring.
Your initial Scar reduction consultation and subsequent procedure can be undertaken at one of our cosmetic clinics in Australia.
Complications of Fractional Laser Resurfacing are rare when performed by an experienced medical professional. Mild blistering, especially on the chin and temples may occur at higher powers and densities, which will typically heal normally. Scarring from the procedure is virtually unknown. Hyper-pigmentation may occur in darker skinned patients, or patients prone to discoloration. Such patients can be pre-treated with bleaching agents to minimise any tendency towards discoloration. Patients with a history of lip blistering are treated with antiviral medications just before, and for a week after treatment. Fractional lasers very rarely result in an outbreak of acne, the cause of which is unknown.