What is our post-surgery laser treatment protocol?

Wound healing and scar management treatment, by Aerolase® Neo works by supporting recovery after surgery and improve overall results. The post-surgery Neo laser treatment can help to improve bruising, promote more rapid healing, flatten scars and reduce redness and thickness.

  • Bruising
  • Wound healing
  • Scar improvement

What are the benefits of post-surgery Neo laser treatment?

Monitoring healing is a vital part of any surgical or cosmetic treatment recovery. In addition to following after surgery recommendations and attending mandatory post-operative appointments, Mr Olivier Amar recommends the post-surgery laser treatment protocol, consisting of 3 sessions of Aerolase Neo laser, beginning 2-4 weeks after surgery.

Bruising: The Aerolase Neo’s unique laser technology has been reported to achieve significant results for the clearance of bruising after cosmetic procedures both on face and body. Bruising is caused by broken blood vessels near the skin’s surface and the Neo’s energy helps to break down the leaked blood so the body can more rapidly absorb it. You will schedule this treatment for 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Wound Healing: The Neo’s laser energy stimulates the body’s wound healing cascade to help it promote more rapid wound closure in the affected areas. Each person’s healing process, known as the healing cascade, is different and the time for this process can be very different between patients. Laser therapy can help speed these processes.

Scar Improvement: The Aerolase Neo’s laser technology can help improve the appearance of scars by promoting collagen remodeling and reducing pigmentation irregularities. The treatment works by delivering pulses of light energy to the scarred area. This energy is absorbed by the scar tissue, which helps stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin fibers, promoting skin rejuvenation and remodeling. The process can help soften the scar tissue, reduce redness or hyperpigmentation, and improve overall texture and appearance. You will come back at six weeks after surgery to be reviewed by Mr Olivier Amar and for your second session of Neo laser.

It’s important to note that while laser treatment can be effective for scar reduction, complete removal of scars is typically not possible. However, the appearance of scars can often be significantly improved with laser therapy, resulting in smoother and less noticeable scars. They can assess the type and characteristics of your scars and determine the most appropriate treatment plan to achieve your desired results.

How can a scar and keloid be treated?

Treatment is difficult and not always successful. Possible lines of treatments include the following:

  • Injections of a steroid (triamcinolone) into a keloid may help to flatten small early ones.
  • Steroid-impregnated tape applied for 12 to 24 hours a day may help to flatten keloids.
  • Putting a silicone sheet over them at night for several months helps some keloids to flatten. Silicone in gel form is also available.
  • Laser treatment makes scars and keloids less red, but does not make them smaller.
  • If a scar or keloid is cut out, it usually comes back. This risk falls if the area is treated after the operation with pressure dressings or local steroid injections.

Did you know?

What is Aerolase Neo laser?

The Aerolase Neo is a medical laser system that utilises a 650-microsecond laser pulse technology (Nd:YAG), designed to deliver controlled energy to target tissues effectively. Neo by Aerolase has no side-effects, requires no downtime, and is completely non-invasive.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?

The Neo’s energy passes through the skin to selectively heat these targets without adverse effects—resulting in clear, healthy skin. The 650-microsecond pulse eliminates discomfort during treatment. Before the treatment, Mr Amar will clean your skin with a cleanser to remove any lotions, makeup, or other substances on the skin. This ensures that the treatment will be able to achieve the best results possible.

HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?

Post-surgery laser treatments typically take 15-40 minutes depending on the treatment area size.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ‘GOOD’ AND ‘BAD’ SCARRING?

A ‘good’ scar fades significantly after appearing and blends in with the surrounding skin tone. A ‘poor’ scar, such as a keloid or hypertrophic scar, will stay visible and cause skin irritation for a number of months after formation. Time is the best healer as eventually normal scars and hypertrophic scars will mature and become pale.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HYPERTROPHIC SCAR AND A KELOID?

There is a whole range of scars but at the poor end there is the hypertrophic scar which occurs when the wound heals to become red, raised and itchy for a few months but will then resolve to become flat and pale. A keloid is similar but the scar continues to grow encroaching upon normal tissue and may need specific treatment.

WHAT CAN I DO TO ACHIEVE BETTER SCARS?

Scar quality will always vary from individual to individual and guarantees are impossible to give. There are ways to improve scars in the post-operative period for everyone with the use of various creams, oils and substances and thus we always advise our patients accordingly.