Laser Therapy: Highly Effective for Excessive Scars from Abnormal Wound Healing

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Monday, January 16, 2017

Current laser therapy approaches are effective for treating excessive scars resulting from abnormal wound healing, concludes a special topic paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstr­uctive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
The review by Qingfeng Li, PhD and colleagues of Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital in Shanghai, China, provides strong support for laser treatment of hypertrophic scars —but less so for another type of abnormal scars called keloids. The authors highlight the need for further research in this and other key areas, including the benefits of different types of lasers and the results of laser treatment for scarring in patients with darker skin.
Seventy percent success rates with laser treatment for excessive scars ...
Li and coauthors identified and analyzed previous studies of laser treatment for abnormal scarring. They found 28 well-designed clinical trials using various medical lasers for two types of excessive scarring: hypertrophic scarring and keloids. Both are abnormal tissue responses that lead to raised and thickened areas of scarring, resulting in cosmetic and sometimes functional problems.
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