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Laser Scar Treatment at Hessler Plastic Surgery

Laser scar treatment may not be able to completely remove a scar, but it can certainly improve it.

What is laser scar treatment?

Laser scar treatment removes the damaged layers of skin so that new, healthy skin can grow in its place. Many types of scars can be treated, including surgical scars, acne scars, and scars from injuries.

Laser scar removal has the ability to:

  • Reduce the appearance of the scar(s)
  • Decrease itching or pain associated with the scar(s)
  • Improve the range of motion around the scar(s)
  • Prevent new scars from forming after surgery
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Laser scar treatment details

It’s important that those who undergo laser scar treatment stay out of the sun before their appointment. If you arrive for your laser treatment with a tan or sunburn, Dr. Hessler will not be able to treat you. It’s also important that you do not have any other cosmetic procedures done before a laser scar treatment, and that you have not used any lotions, deodorants, makeup, or perfume the day of your appointment. 

Dr. Hessler will cleanse and mark the area to be treated. She will inject or apply a local anesthetic. If the scar is on your face, you will be given protective eyewear. Next, gauze will be placed on the area surrounding the scar to absorb the laser pulses. Once this is done, Dr. Hessler will treat the area by passing the laser over the scar tissue. Once she is finished, she will apply a topical product and dress the area. 


The area that was treated will most likely be red for several hours following treatment. You may also experience mild swelling and stinging. At home, you should apply a good moisturizing lotion to the treated area twice daily, and do not apply any makeup for 24 hours. 


Those considering laser scar treatment should be aware that results may take time to become apparent. Every patient will have a different treatment plan based on the severity of their scars, and for some individuals, the best results will come from multiple treatments. It may take months to see the results, and there may not be much improvement at first. During your consultation with Dr. Hessler, she can tell you how long it will take to see results for your specific case. 

Why choose Hessler Plastic Surgery for laser scar treatment?

In the hands of an experienced, board-certified specialist, laser scar treatment can safely improve many types of scars — however, if you work with someone who isn’t fully knowledgeable in this area, you may be unhappy with your results. Hessler Plastic Surgery is the best place for laser procedures in the Bay Area. Dr. Hessler is an award-winning, double board-certified plastic surgeon who provides exceptional attention to detail in every procedure she performs. She trains other surgeons, teaches at Stanford University, and frequently speaks at plastic surgeon conferences. She is the professional who you want to perform your scar treatment. If you would like to schedule a consultation with her or learn more about laser scar treatment, please contact us.

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