Bid Adieu to Scar Tissue
April 03, 2017
Maybe it's from that bike accident as a kid, or a surgical procedure you had months ago. If you have a noticeable scar, you know it can be a major source of distress, and it's probably something you prefer to hide.
You're not alone.
An estimated 100 million people in the developed world end up with a scar each year.
It was a kitchen accident for University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor Ashraf Aly Hassan.
"I was cooking and the grease caught fire," said Hassan, who was then living in New Jersey.
Second-degree burns scarred his right hand. Treatment minimized the damage, but left significant marks behind.
"I could type normally," Hassan said. "But the burn doctor in New Jersey told me I should see someone for the scarring."
After Hassan moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, he was referred to the St. Elizabeth Burn and Wound Center.
It's Nebraska's only verified burn center and home to the region's only SCAAR FX™ advanced laser treatment for scars.
"Laser therapy is a relatively new option for patients," said Wendy Bartholomai, BSN, RN, CFCN, nurse supervisor. "This alleviates not only the appearance of the scar but some other side effects such as itching and range of motion limitations."
Considered the standard of care for treating soldiers injured in battle, the FDA-cleared SCAAR FX laser improves the appearance, texture and function of scars.
The laser's microbeams go four times deeper into the skin than other lasers to break down rigid fibers and trigger production of scar softening collagen and elastic fibers.
After one treatment, patients see significant progress in scar texture. Functional and cosmetic improvement occurs after three to five sessions, and improvement continues up to two years later.
The procedure takes about ten minutes per visit, and most people don't need more than four visits.
A local anesthetic is used to numb skin. Some patients feel minimal pain in the form of a warm, slightly stinging sensation, and most report little or no pain after the treatment.
Hassan is pleased with the results after a few laser treatments on his four scars.
"One of them is going to be gone. The second one is half way. It's a big work in progress," he said.
Hassan is looking forward to being done with the compression glove he now wears daily to assist in minimizing scarring.
"I can take off the glove and it won't look that odd," he said.
You don't have to live with your scar anymore.
"Laser therapy is not only for burn survivors but for any one suffering from scarring related to trauma and surgical scars," Bartholomai said. "It truly is a wonderful option and we are very fortunate and proud to be able to offer this to individuals that have problems related to scarring."
Call (402) 219-7717 to see if you are eligible for treatment.
The team at St. Elizabeth's Regional Burn and Wound Center will set up a consultation appointment and check with your insurance provider for coverage and preauthorization.
Since 1973, St. Elizabeth's Regional Burn and Wound Center has been providing the latest treatments and procedures for serious burns or wounds. We are Nebraska's only Verified Burn Center - one of 50 in the United States - and internationally recognized for outstanding research and treatment.