Laser Therapy for Burn Scars in Wisconsin
Revive Your Skin & Unlock Confidence
Welcome to the forefront of cutting-edge burn scar treatment. Whether you have suffered from burns due to accidents, surgeries, or other traumatic events, our advanced laser therapy for burn scars is designed to diminish the appearance of scars and restore your skin's natural beauty. Harnessing laser therapy’s incredible precision and rejuvenating properties, Dr. Steffes of DCP offers a revolutionary approach to scar reduction and skin regeneration. Request a consultation to get started.
What are Burn Scars?
Burn scars are areas of damaged skin from burns. Skin can burn in varying degrees when exposed to extreme heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. As the skin heals after a burn injury, scar tissue forms as part of the natural healing process. Burn scars vary in appearance and severity depending on the depth and extent of the burn.
Burn scars range from mild, superficial scars that fade over time to more severe scars appearing raised, thickened, or discolored. Since scars can have psychological and emotional effects, laser scar removal treatment aims to improve both the physical appearance and emotional well-being of burn scar patients.
Types of Burn Scars
|Raised and thickened scar tissue that remains within the boundaries of the original burn injury.
|Red, itchy, and firm to the touch.
|Similar to hypertrophic scars but extends beyond the boundaries of the original burn injury. Characterized by excessive collagen production.
|Raised and thickened scar. Can be itchy or painful.
|Forms when the skin tightens and restricts movement due to deep burns. Muscles, tendons, or joints may be affected.
|Tighten skin with puckering or dimpling. May exhibit changes in skin pigmentation.
|Caused by deep burns that damage the underlying layers of tissue.
|Depressed or sunken scars below the normal
|Scars with noticeable changes in skin pigmentation
|Hyperpigmentation (darkening) or hypopigmentation
(lightening) compared to the surrounding skin.
|Burn scars with characteristics of multiple
|Combines features like hypertrophy, contracture
or pigmentation changes.
How Do I Get Rid of Burn Scars?
Laser scar therapy is a non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment option for burn scars. Note the ultimate treatment best suited for your unique case will be determined during your initial consultation.
Benefits of Laser Therapy for Burn Scars
- Scar reduction: Laser therapy reduces the visibility of burn scars by targeting and breaking down scar tissue.
- Texture improvement: Laser therapy stimulates collagen production in the skin, promoting the growth of new, healthy tissue. Scars appear smoother and appear more like the surrounding skin.
- Pigmentation correction: Laser therapy targets and breaks down excess pigment while stimulating additional melanin production. This produces a more even skin tone and reduces discoloration.
- Non-invasive / minimally invasive: Laser therapy does not require surgical incisions, resulting in minimal downtime and reduced risk of complications compared to more invasive procedures.
- Targeted treatment: Laser therapy can be precisely targeted to the specific characteristics of the burn scar, such as scar type, size, and location. This allows for customized treatment plans tailored to each individual's unique needs.
- Minimal discomfort: Laser therapy is generally well-tolerated by patients and typically involves minimal discomfort.
- Progressive results: Results are achieved gradually, over multiple treatment sessions. This allows for progressive enhancement of the scar's appearance and texture, leading to more natural-looking results.
- Controlled and safe procedures: Laser therapies for burn scars are performed by trained healthcare professionals who have expertise in using laser devices. The procedure is carried out in a controlled environment, ensuring the safety and efficacy of the treatment.
How Laser Therapy for Burn Scars Works
Collagen Stimulation: Laser therapy utilizes focused light energy that is absorbed by the skin's tissue. The laser energy penetrates the scarred area and stimulates the production of new collagen, which is a key component of healthy skin. Collagen helps improve the texture, elasticity, and overall appearance of the scar.
Scar Tissue Breakdown: The laser energy targets and breaks down the excess scar tissue within the burn scar. By selectively heating and targeting the scar tissue, the laser promotes its gradual breakdown and removal. This process helps flatten the scar and reduce any raised or thickened appearance.
Skin Resurfacing: Some laser therapies, such as fractional laser resurfacing, work by creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin. This process removes the damaged outer layer of skin and stimulates the growth of new, healthier skin cells. Over time, this leads to a smoother texture and more even skin tone.
Pigmentation Correction: Laser therapy addresses pigmentation changes in burn scars. The laser energy targets excess pigmentation or melanin in the scarred area, helping to break it down and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.
What Should I Expect from Laser Burn Scar Treatment?
The first step is to consult with a local dermatologist, such as Dr. Steffes of DCP, who is experienced in laser scar treatment procedures. During the consultation, he will assess your burn scars, discuss your goals and expectations, and determine if laser therapy is the right approach for you.
Depending on the specific laser therapy used, Dr. Steffes may provide specific instructions to prepare for the treatment. This may include avoiding sun exposure, discontinuing certain skincare products or medications, or applying a numbing cream to the treatment area.
Laser Burn Scar Therapy Treatment Overview
On the day of the treatment, you will be guided to a treatment room where laser therapy will take place. Protective eyewear may be provided to shield your eyes from the laser light. The laser device will deliver controlled pulses of light to the burn scar. The sensation during treatment varies from mild tingling to a slight snapping feeling, but laser scar treatment is in general well-tolerated.
After the laser treatment, Dr. Steffes will provide instructions for post-treatment care and schedule follow-up visits if necessary.
Am I A Good Candidate for Laser Burn Scar Treatment?
Laser burn scar treatment is suitable for many individuals. Laser therapy is typically recommended for fully healed scars. Laser therapy should not be performed on scars that have active infections. Different types of lasers are available, and the appropriate laser will be selected based on your skin type. Some treatments are more effective and safer for certain skin types than others. Laser burn scar treatment often requires multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Candidates should be willing to commit to the recommended treatment plan and follow any pre and post-treatment instructions.
Why Choose Dermatology & Cosmetic Physicians for Burn Scar Removal?
Dr. Steffes of DCP has extensive experience in laser scar treatment for burn victims. He has successfully treated a wide range of burn scars, including contracture scars, hypertrophic scars, keloid scars, and pigmentation changes. His hands-on experience assesses scars accurately, determining the most suitable laser therapy approach. He also understands the emotional and physical impact burn scars have on many individuals. When you work with Dr. Steffes and DCP, you’re choosing a state-of-the-art facility equipped with advanced laser technology and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Dr. Steffes provides laser therapy treatments for burn scars to clients out of West Bend, Fond Du Lac, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Chicago, and beyond.
Burn Scar Removal FAQs
Yes! Laser therapy can significantly improve burn scar appearance, texture, and coloration.
The timing for laser treatment of a burn scar depends on the scar's healing progress, but it is typically recommended to wait until the scar is fully healed and stable before undergoing laser therapy.
Laser scar removal may not be suitable for all types of burn scars, as the effectiveness and suitability of the treatment can vary depending on factors such as scar type, size, location, and individual considerations.