08 June 2012Many people will have scars that they feel self-conscious about, whether they have been caused by past surgery, trauma, acne or tattoo removal. No matter how your scars came to be though, laser scar removal might be of interest to you. This treatment was pioneered in the USA and has been approved by the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA). It can be used to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and melasma (dark skin patches). Many patients report visible improvement of their scars after just one thirty minute treatment, although the recommended course of treatment is normally four procedures.Laser scar removal works by using a fractional laser that can penetrate the skin to break down the toughened scar tissue, which regenerates as healthy new tissue. The results produce skin that is smoother and lighter in colour, and clinical studies have shown that patients experience a 51 per cent and 75 per cent improvement following laser scar and stretch mark removal. One of the main reasons why this treatment is so popular is that it is completely non-invasive, with just a numbing cream used on the area that is to be treated in order to make it more comfortable for the patient. Following each treatment the area might appear red and could be a little swollen, but this usually goes down over a period of one week, revealing the positive effects of the treatment. If you would like to find out if you would be suitable for laser scar removal you will need to attend a consultation first. This kind of stretch mark and scar removal could help to give you a boost in confidence, and could give you the freedom to wear the clothes you want to instead of covering up all of the time. You can find out more about the laser scar removal treatments available at The Harley Medical Group by visiting our official website.