Current trends and future considerations in scar treatment
The goal of scar therapy is the restoration of the patient to their preinjury state. A combination of injected antimetabolites, surgery, laser, and laser-assisted delivery of drugs is needed for minimally invasive surgical correction of scars. As a result, laser therapy is emerging as an essential treatment element. It has been noted that fractional lasers normalize both the clinical and histological appearance of scars. Laser- and light-based therapies complement existing approaches of surgery and physical therapy, resulting in significant gains with minimal associated morbidity. Emerging and future laser technologies are creating a new paradigm in the management of scar rehabilitation.
Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. 2015 34: 13-6.