Laser scar removal is a non-invasive procedure that improves the appearance of all types of scars, such as those acquired from traumatic injuries or previous surgeries. It makes use of state-of-the-art laser technology to treat the damaged tissues and encourage skin regeneration, which results in the gradual elimination of scar pigmentation and textural irregularities.
This treatment uses the Palomar Icon™ XD Aesthetic System, an FDA-approved laser platform that addresses a wide variety of skin concerns on the face and body. When used for scar removal, it makes the scarred tissue smoother and lighter, thus creating a more seamless appearance with the surrounding skin.
Scar formation is an inevitable part of the skin’s natural healing process. However, the resulting scar typically becomes pigmented and textured as it matures, leaving a very noticeable blemish on the skin. Most patients seek to remove their scars for aesthetic reasons, although that is not always the case. For some patients, their scars can end up impairing their ability to move freely—particularly those with contracture scars (scar tissue from a second or third degree burn).
Laser scar removal provides a non-invasive alternative to surgical scar revision, making it a more ideal solution for patients who want to avoid surgery. Unlike surgical removal methods, laser treatments are less expensive, involve little to no pain, and entail a more rapid recovery.
When undergoing treatments that utilize cutting-edge technologies like the Palomar Icon™ XD, it is imperative to have it performed by board-certified medical practitioners for optimum results. As such, Dr. Jacob Sedgh is a double-board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and expertise, making him supremely qualified to perform the treatment safely and successfully.
Patients can expect the following benefits from a laser scar treatment:
The initial consultation is always vital to the success of any treatment or procedure. Prior to your laser scar removal treatment, Dr. Sedgh will meet with you to conduct a thorough assessment of the scarred area. This allows him to determine the number of sessions required, the appropriate settings to be used, and more. He will also explain the entire process involved in the treatment and discuss what results you can expect with each session to ensure that your goals and expectations are aligned with the final results.
The patient may expect the following during the consultation:
For those who are unable to visit Dr. Sedgh’s clinic for a consultation, he also offers the convenient option of virtual consultations via video conferencing.
The Palomar Icon™ XD Aesthetic System comes with a patented device—the Skintel Melanin Reader—for accurate assessment of the skin’s melanin density, which helps determine the patient’s exact skin type. This can be done either during the initial consultation or immediately prior to the treatment.
As a multi-platform laser system, this machine uses a variety of dedicated handpieces that are specifically optimized for certain skin concerns. For effective scar removal, the Palomar Icon is fitted with a fractional non-ablative laser handpiece:
In preparation for the treatment, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the scarred area to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure. A pair of laser goggles will also be provided to protect the patient’s eyes from the laser light.
To begin, Dr. Sedgh will place the handpiece against the scarred surface. The device will then emit concentrated beams of light into the skin, targeting scar tissue without damaging the surrounding tissues. For larger scars, the doctor will pulse light in small sections until the entire target area has been treated.
Once the treatment is complete, a cooling serum may be applied to the affected area to soothe the skin, along with a generous application of sunscreen to protect the scar from further pigmentation.
Laser scar removal is performed as an outpatient procedure that usually lasts no longer than 30 minutes. Patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment, although they may experience some redness and swelling, and possibly even some slight bruising on the treated area. Dr. Sedgh will provide specific aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing, and he may also prescribe over-the-counter medications to help alleviate any pain or discomfort following the procedure.
As with any laser procedure, these side effects should subside within several days following the treatment, and you should see gradual improvement in the treated area after two to three weeks.
Dr. Sedgh prioritizes his patients’ comfort and satisfaction above all else, which is why he will personally follow your post-treatment progress in order to monitor your recovery and results, thus ensuring that you are able to achieve your desired outcome.
“I go to Dr Sedgh for my Botox and Fillers and I highly recommend him. Never had a bad experience or even needed a touch up. I found him a very approachable and pleasant doctor, extremely patient and concise.”
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