Laser treatment beneficial for healing burn scars in children
24.07.2012- In a recent study, pulsed-dye laser (PDL) treatment has been shown to improve the elasticity and pigmentation of burn scars in paediatric patients.
Published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery, clinicians treated paediatric burn patients who had recently healed skin grafts using PDL at six-week intervals. Using the Vancouver Scar Scale, researchers assessed the improved elasticity, pliability and pigmentation in the scars. There was a significant decrease in redness and scar height, suggesting that the technique is an effective treatment for burn-related scars.
PDL treatment is conducted by shining an intense beam of light onto the skin. The light is then converted into heat and absorbed into the cells below the skin, stimulating new cell growth and collagen production. This technique is normally used for treating skin abnormalities, such as lesions, port wine stains, haemangiomas, rosacea and spider naevus.
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