How Does Laser Scar Removal Work?

Scars can be hard to carry. Often if you have a noticeable scar, it can change your self-image, and the way that others perceive you. There are ways to reduce the look of your scarring and one such treatment is laser scar removal.


To better understand how laser scar removal works it is important to know how scars are formed in the first place. Scars occur because of serious trauma to the skin.


When your skin is damaged the body uses its resources to try to heal the wound as quickly as possible. Your body does a rush job and pumps out as much collagen as quickly as possible. This collagen is a skin fiber that is responsible for tightening the skin. Because the body rushes to create the new skin it does not worry about doing it in a neat little pattern.


Laser scar removal works by hijacking that same process and refining it. The lasers heat the skin and reactivate the collagen, allowing them to reshape and reform, but not in a hurry. The collagen fibers will tighten the skin and make it look more natural. This process does not remove the scar entirely but can drastically reduce its appearance.




For laser scar removal we use two different pieces of technology. The device will be selected for you depending on what you need and what will work best for treating your skin. These devices are the Venus Viva™ and the Aerolase Neo Elite. Both technologies work quickly and efficiently.


What is Venus Viva™?


Venus Viva™ combines NanoFractional™ Radio Frequency (RF) and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields with SmartScan™ technology to safely deliver reparative heat to deeper layers of the skin without causing harm to any of the surrounding tissue. The RF tightens existing collagen fibers in the dermis while stimulating collagen production cells (fibroblast) to make new collagen for the skin. This process activates the body’s ability to naturally rebuild and regenerate collagen (Collagen Remodeling).


What is the Aerolase Neo Elite?


There are many benefits to using the Aerolase Neo Elite, but they can be summed up in four categories. The first is its unmatched efficacy. The deep penetration and high power of the laser allows for a wide range of treatment for skin conditions of all types on skin of all types.


The second is the Neo Elite’s range of unique beam profiles. The beam can reach large spot sizes of up to 10mm, which is big for a concentrated laser, and 1.5msec pulse durations. This allows for treatment of a wide range of conditions.


Third, because of the unique nature of this technology, the Aerolase Neo Elite is versatile. The wavelength options, in conjunction with the 650-microsecond technology, allows for treatment of a few conditions that would classically require several different lasers.


Finally, since the Neo Elite delivers high amounts of energy within a short pulse time, a lot of the already minimal side effects are even less likely. The targeted area is the only area affected, and surrounding tissue is not at risk of being overheated. This eliminates potential burns, scarring, or purpura.


How Many Sessions Do I Need?

The number of sessions you need will depend on your treatment plan. It can range anywhere from three to eight sessions typically and you may need more. The more serious you’re scaring the more sessions you will need to correct them. The different treatment methods also factor into the number of sessions needed.

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How Long Does the Treatment Last?

Treatment time varies depending on the area being treated. Typically, treatments can take anywhere between thirty to ninety minutes, but a more exact number will be given to you at consultation.

Are Laser Scar Removal Treatments Painful?

Laser scar removal is designed to be as comfortable as possible, and the applicators have built in features to counteract any pain brought on by the process. However, because the skin is being constantly stimulated throughout the treatment you may still feel some minor pain, and of course all pain is relative. What may feel painful to some may be perfectly tolerable to others.

What is the typical downtime?

There is no downtime for laser scar removal because it is a noninvasive treatment. You may have to avoid wearing makeup for a few days, and need to avoid sun exposure, but you should be able to immediately return to your normal activities.

 How Long Do the Results Last?

Results are permanent. In fact, following treatment the scar will continue to fade over time.  It may take a week or two following treatments for results to begin to be noticeable and full results will not be visible until three months following the final treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about our treatments and want to know more, call us at 877-721-4547 and schedule a free consultation at your local LightRx. These consultations take as little as 30 minutes and are private one on one consultations with the clinic director.




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