Being able to treat the scar above at an early stage made a difference to what could have been a disfiguring outcome.
The three images show progress over time, not even the finest treatment can make scars instantly vanish. The result is still welcome, which comes from using the latest CO2 fractional laser and optimal timing.
Real world experience of dermatologists and clinical research point to the value of prompt treatment. The images below are from a 2017 study into using CO2 fractional lasers to reduce scarring and the best intervention points:
Dermascopic and profile microscopic views of identical injuries, showing the improvement prompt, post accident treatment can bring.
Few of us go through life without picking up any scars, which can arise from a range of accidents, a fall, an altercation, or surgery. Their nature may also vary according to an individual’s genetic profile.
A range of treatments are available, from dermabrasion, to corticosteroids, to scar revision surgery, or skin grafting. Almost all types of scar are however suitable for fractional laser treatment.
This can improve scarring at most stages, although as shown above, intervention soon after an accident makes a difference to long term outcome.
Laser treatment around the time that stitches are due to come out is often suitable. This will vary according to the location of the tissue damage, around seven days is quite common.
Treatment At Our Clinics
If you have an accident and feel scar treatment may be needed, we would encourage you to contact us at the earliest point possible.
Whether treatment should be immediate, or a few days later, having the damage seen by a consultant dermatologist is important. They can evaluate the nature of your skin, consider any related muscle, nerve, or functional damage.
In the event laser treatment is appropriate, this can be carried out, or arranged for the best time over following days. Alongside medical needs, our focus will be on minimising cosmetic damage.
Accidents can be traumatic, our consultants appreciate the importance of supporting you to help avoid psychological, or emotional effects. How the damaged area looks in the longer term is part of this.
All suitable options can be discussed, although the latest CO2 fractional lasers in skilled hands can transform outcome. They work on your skin and stimulate deeper healing processes, such as collagen growth.
Using a modern technique to encourage and control a natural process makes sense for post accident care. With early phase intervention so helpful for wound healing, we will provide prompt, personal support.