Facial Scarring FAQ
Dr. Edward J. Gross wants his patients to know that the appearance of facial scars can be dramatically lessened if they take action early. That's why he offers scar removal treatments at his Orlando-area practice. Here, we provide answers to some of the most common questions our Orlando patients ask about scar removal treatments.
Dr. Gross is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is committed to patient education. Request a consultation today, or call our office at (407) 333-3040.
Will I have scarring, and what will it look like?
Usually, facial injuries and lacerations can be improved with laser therapy and time. Certainly, there will be some signs of the injury, but these lessen as time goes by. In children, these typically show up as a bright pink line for several months following the surgical repair. This tends to fade in a 6- to 12-month period, and it is important to use sunblock and to avoid direct sun exposure.
What can be done to improve residual scarring?
Dr. Gross frequently uses a pulse dye laser to improve scars. Other techniques include dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, or scar revision using techniques such as W-plasty or Z-plasty. It is very important to follow wound care instructions given to you by Dr. Gross to achieve best results.
How many treatments will I need with the laser?
The average is 3 to 6 sessions, 1 month apart.
Does the pulse dye laser hurt?
No. It uses a cooling spray, so there is no pain associated with the treatment.
What ages do you treat with the laser?
We treat people ages 10 and older.
Does insurance cover laser therapy?
No, these lasers are considered cosmetic and not covered. Although our office does not participate with insurance or Medicare, many patients come for treatment because of the results we achieve and help we provide.
"Prevention of scarring is very important, as is proper wound care. Remember that antibiotic ointments should NEVER be used on the face, as they are associated with high levels of contact dermatitis, allergic reactions, and potential for worsening a wound."