Laser Scar Revision Specialist

Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP -  - Aesthetic Specialist

Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics

Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP

Aesthetic Specialist & Wound Care Specialist located in Houston, TX

A visible scar often has a lasting impact on an individual that extends beyond the level of the skin. At Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics, Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP, understands the physical and emotional effects scars can leave on an individual. Dr. Amaya is specially trained in advanced laser technologies to minimize the visibility of scars in both children and adults without the need for surgery or downtime. If you’re looking for solutions for nonsurgical scar treatments, schedule a laser scar revision consultation with Dr. Amaya today using the online booking feature or by calling the Houston office.

Laser Scar Revision Q & A

What causes scars?

Scars often develop after a wound or burn heals or as the result of an infection or inflammation of the skin. Injuries that go beyond the surface layer of the skin trigger the body’s natural healing response. 

This response causes a natural flood of inflammatory factors to promote healing as quickly as possible but with little regard to appearance. As a result, scar tissue forms that looks and feels different than surrounding healthy skin. Scars are often painful and itchy.

 

Why should I treat my scars?

While many individuals will develop minor scars throughout their active childhood, more serious scars following a traumatic injury or surgery may be very visible. 

These types of scars can affect how your child feels about their appearance, causing embarrassment or a decrease in their self-confidence. 

Scar tissue is also less flexible than healthy tissue and can result in your child’s long-term discomfort. It’s not unusual for scars to cause:

  • Itchiness
  • Pain
  • Pressure
  • Skin tightness
  • Loss of range of motion

If a scar is affecting an individual’s health or self-esteem, Dr. Amaya can recommend a broad array of scar revision treatments including the latest advancements in laser therapy.

 

What is laser scar revision?

Laser scar revision utilizes various laser devices to improve the texture of the scar tissue as well as the discoloration of the scar tissue to improve the appearance and sensation of the scar. 

Dr. Amaya offers both the Quanta Light ™ 4V and the Lumenis UltraPulse® laser systems in his office to minimize the appearance of scars. 

Laser scar revision treatment does not require surgery, is noninvasive and requires no lengthy downtime. If Dr. Amaya believes the size of the scar is acceptable for office-based pain management, the procedure can take place directly in their office. Dr. Amaya delivers laser energy into the deep layers of the skin to break up excess scar tissue using both or one of the two lasers in the office.

Laser treatments stimulate the increased production of healthy collagen, an essential building block of healthy skin, to replace and smooth out scarred tissue and improve the overall texture and health of your child’s skin.

Dr. Amaya performs laser treatments conveniently in-office, ensuring every patient is comfortable and as pain-free as possible. Laser treatments have minimal side effects, and soon after treatment, your child can return to their usual activities without limitations or the need for recovery.

 

What type of scars are candidates for laser scar revision?

Virtually any scar may have a component that might benefit from laser revision. Common scars treated in an office-based setting include:

  • Acne scars
  • Burns scars
  • Surgery incision scars (c-section, tracheotomy, orthopedic, plastic surgery, etc)
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Medical procedures (chest tube)
  • Medical complications (IV extravasation injuries)

 

Must a scar be new for laser scar revision to be effective?

The mechanism behind laser scar revision is not dependent upon the age of the scar. Scars that have been present for years may be effectively treated using advanced laser technology available in Dr. Amaya’s office.

If scars are making you or your child uncomfortable or interfering with self-esteem, schedule a scar revision consultation with Dr. Amaya today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.