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Laser Scar Treatment

Elliott H. Rose, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

The Aesthetic Surgery Center

Elliott H. Rose, MD

Plastic Surgeon & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Fraxel laser technology is a technique used for improving texture and discoloration of unsightly burn and post traumatic scars with minimum down time when other methods have not been successful or surgery is not an option. Book a state of the art Fraxel Laser treatment by Dr. Rose today!

Laser Scar Treatment Q & A

Why is Fraxel laser treatment useful for treatment of scars?

Fraxel laser treatment is used for improving the appearance of disfiguring scars following burns or trauma. It produces notable results with reduced downtime. The state of the art dual Fraxel laser offers high energy  options of  deep penetration of hypertrophic (thickened) post traumatic and burn scars, as well as more superficial settings to address pigmentary discoloration.  The 1550 nm Erbium wave length re-orients the deep collagen to flatten scars. The 1927nm Thullium wave length acts on the melanocytes (pigment producing cells) near the surface to lighten areas of dark pigmentation.


Pre-Fraxel Laser Treatment   Fraxel Laser
Pre-Operation   Post-Operation

How is a Fraxel Treatment Different from Other Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedures?

Traditional laser treatments use high temperatures to vaporize unwanted tissue on the surface. This approach can damage healthy surrounding tissues, cause significant side effects, and increased downtime. Typical non-ablative treatments are gentler, have fewer side effects, and less downtime. Fraxel laser technology delivers the potency of ablative treatments with the safety of non-ablative lasers which produces dramatic results and reduced downtime.

How Does it Work?

Hypertrophic (thickened) scars are often unresponsive to conservative topical treatments. Fraxel treatment uses a patented fractional technology to pinpoint scarred skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep within the scar. The fractionated laser beam treats only a series of microscopic cores of scar at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. This promotes rapid healing and thinning of the treated scars.  This approach stimulates the natural healing process of the body. Depending on the size, location, and condition of the area of the scar that needs to be treated, Fraxel laser technology can take as little as half an hour.  The number of treatments (usually 2-3 or more) you need will depend on your goals and desired outcomes of scar improvement.  Typically, the optimal outcome is achieved anywhere from four to six weeks. The Fraxel laser works for women and men of all ages and skin color.

V- Beam Laser

What is the effect of V-Beam laser on pinkish skin discoloration following burns and/or post-traumatic/ post- surgical scars?

V-Beam laser treatment is a type of pulsed dye laser (PDL) therapy that is used to treat hyperemia (pinkish or red discoloration) associated with burns and post-surgical/ post-traumatic scars. The V-Beam laser delivers intense but gentle flashes of light that are absorbed by the hemaglobin in the targeted hyperemic vascular areas . V-Beam is a non-invasive procedure that is performed in an outpatient setting, often in conjunction with Fraxel laser in patches of hypertrophic burn scars. Following treatment, the patient may feel a slight tingling sensation similar to a mild sunburn. This feeling should dissipate after about 4 to 8 hours. Mild swelling may persist for for 3 to 5 days. Some patients have some minor bruising. Pinkish vascularity will gradually fade over a period of 4 – 6 weeks.