Improving Scars With Fraxel

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It’s official! Resurfacing of scars (either surgical or post-traumatic) with the use of non-ablative Fraxel lasers is safe and effective. This finding is according to a recent study cited in Aesthetic Practitioner News (January/February 2010). For those of you who have been paying close attention to these blog posts (or who have clicked on the links above), Maine Laser Skin Care proudly uses Fraxel lasers.

The Laser Surgery Center of Pennsylvania tested the Fraxel treatment on 33 scars among 27 patients. 11 of those scars were less than 1 year old, and the other 22 scars had longer histories. Most of these patients received six treatments over a period of nine months, with approximately 6 weeks in between each treatment. Researchers noted excellent improvement in 40% of the treated scars, and an additional 30% of the scars were observed to have had good improvement compared with before treatment.

Perhaps most importantly, even old scars showed marked improvement. 69% of scars that were up to 10 years old showed significant improvement, as did 41% of scars older than 10 years. Side effects were minimal and not unusual for typical Fraxel treatment. They mostly involved swelling and redness for up to 72 hours, and only 5% of patients showed any signs of bruising.

Biopsies taken showed rapid skin surfacing beginning within 72 hours of treatments. Researchers also saw scar remodelling with new and reorganized collagen within 2 weeks of each treatment. The authros concluded that these microscopic findings strongly support the use of Fraxel non-ablative therapy for improvement of surgical and post-traumatic scars.

My experience with scars so far has also been very good, especially in combating acne scars. I will keep you all up-to-date on more Fraxel research as it becomes available. It is a hot bed right now for clinical study.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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