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Laser Scar Revision: How it Works & What to Expect

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Young woman undergoing laser scar removal on face for acne scar marks.

Let’s face it: most of us have a scar or two. And sometimes these scars are unwanted. Luckily, there is a safe, modern solution to diminish the appearance of scars and get your skin looking back to its original form. Laser scar revision might be the right choice to get rid of a scar that makes you feel self-conscious.

The first step to scar removal is a consultation with our aesthetic physician or laser technician. Once we confirm your skin is safe to treat, the removal process is simple and effective. Let’s learn more about how scar removal works and what to expect during and after treatment.

What is Laser Scar Revision?

Laser scar removal, also known as laser scar revision, is a safe way to improve the appearance of unwanted skin markings. While the process doesn’t completely remove an existing scar, it does make significant improvements in the noticeability of damaged skin. The goal of laser scar removal is to improve complexion and aesthetics by manipulating skin tissue.

Laser skin procedures have been common practice for over 50 years now. While there are some side effects following a procedure, it is generally a very safe and effective solution for scar revision. Our clinic will always provide a consultation before moving ahead with any laser procedure. 

How Laser Scar Removal Works

Scars form when the skin experiences stress. This can occur after a traumatic event, such as an injury, or because of a skin condition like acne. As the body works to heal the damaged skin, a scab is formed. Underneath this scab, the skin produces collagen to repair the damaged tissue. Sometimes this process creates permanent markings that remain as scars.

Laser technology works by directing focused beams of light on damaged skin tissue. This process softens and improves the appearance of scars. Scar revision is accomplished by using laser wavelengths that target cells having an irregular appearance, causing a controlled injury that your body will then work to repair

Does it Work on All Scars?

Some scars have a raised texture, known as hypertrophic scars. Other types, called atrophic scars, feel indented from the rest of your skin. Scarring can also occur after inflammation, such as acne. All these types of scars can affect the pigmentation of the affected area. The good news is that laser revision can help make these scars invisible and even the skin’s surface.

Laser scar removal can improve the aesthetic of scars resulting from:

  • Injury
  • Surgery
  • Acne
  • Burns
  • Stretch Marks

What to Expect During Treatment

Laser scar revision is customized to each patient’s specific scars and personal needs. Our doctor and technicians will always provide personalized instructions for your laser scar removal, but there are some general guidelines to follow before and after treatment.

Pre-Treatment Preparation

Some habits and behaviours going into your laser treatment will make the results more effective. We may need to reschedule an appointment if the scar being treated is not appropriate for laser application. You can help get your body ready for a successful scar revision with the following things:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure. This includes sunburns and excessive tanning. Use sunblock before and after your laser scar removal. Sunburned skin around the treatment area may prevent us from going ahead.
  • Don’t use skincare products containing retinol or glycolic acid 2-4 weeks before your procedure.
  • Avoid aspirin, supplements, or medications that can slow the healing process.
  • Ask for antibiotic medication if you are prone to cold sores and receiving laser treatment on the face.

During the Laser Treatment

The process of making a scar almost completely invisible can take multiple sessions. It is common for most patients to receive 3 treatments for best results. Receiving laser scar removal at our clinic is separated into 3 general steps:

  • Sanitization & Numbing: after the treatment area has been sanitized we will apply a numbing topical cream to the scar and skin. This cream will reduce discomfort before and during the procedure. For more sensitive patients, we offer ProNox gas sedative, just like you might receive at the dentist. 
  • Laser Application: the precision laser is moved back and forth over your scar, softening the tissue and making the mark less noticeable. When necessary, we cool the area with water and saline solution. 
  • Barrier Treatment: following the laser treatment, we’ll apply Aquaphor, a topical barrier, over the skin to protect the area and help your skin heal.
Before and after results of young woman who underwent laser scar removal for acne on her face.

Recovery Stage

After treatment, you can expect a set of instructions and guidelines for a healthy recovery and great results. Laser scar removal can take several treatments for a completely invisible look. Recovery timelines are affected by the severity of the scar being treated and your behaviour following a session with us.

Expect 3-10 days for the skin to completely heal. But these guidelines will help you recover faster with fewer complications:

  • Avoid direct sunlight for 4-6 weeks after laser treatment
  • Wash the treated area daily, and apply moisturizer
  • To reduce swelling, apply a cold pack or cold press to the area
  • Avoid make-up for several days for facial scars
  • Take pain medication when required

Boost Confidence with Laser Treatment

No matter how old or prominent a scar is, we can help make it less noticeable. Laser scar treatment targets scar tissue to make the skin smoother and more similar to your natural pigmentation. Improving the aesthetics of a scar is both a safe and effective way to feel more confident about yourself.

Scars may leave an unwanted memory of the past. But the look you desire and the confidence you want to have can both be achieved with professional laser scar revision. The first step is booking a consultation with experts who can make your skin feel beautiful again. 


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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