11 Need-To-Know Answers About Lasers

Q&A: Laser Management of Scars

TASA ID: 11869

Things to consider: 

  • Test spots should be performed prior to a full treatment. 
  • Choice of setting: Understand that the pulse rate can be manipulated.
  • Patient selection is based on medical history, including medication and the site of the skin.
  • Patients using medication may produce more sensitivity to the laser- you may want to refrain from using medications 72 hours prior to and after the procedure. 
  • Some skin types may blister, if so, the frequency will need to be reduced.
  • Suntanned patients should not be treated until the skin is lighter to avoid blistering, hypo-pigmentation and delayed efficacy. 
  • A patient on aspirin or iron may bruise more easily. Test a small area first. 
  • Apply cold compresses after the treatment to decrease discomfort and edema.
  • Minimal discomfort relieved by cold compress or cool gel pack. Patient may have edema, erythema and a tight sensation with minimal discomfort. 
  • Topical anesthetics may be used on lesions.

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