Laser Therapy for Burn Scars
Tampa General Hospital offers Fractional CO2 Laser Therapy for adults and children suffering from scars as a result of trauma, burns, surgical incisions or other causes. Although scars are part of the body’s natural healing process, they can reduce function over time as they thicken and become unsightly and painful. Thickened scars are difficult to treat as the majority of approaches such as scar revision and aggressive scar massage result in a recurrence of the thickened scar.
This non-invasive laser technology breaks down scar tissue, revealing softer and smoother skin along with improved texture and increased range of motion. This helps restore function, reduces pain and improves the cosmetic appearance for injured patients. The healing process with Fractional CO2 Laser Therapy is much faster than surgical scar revision and enables patients to return to their normal activities within days.
The Fractional CO2 Laser effectively treats new, old and severe scars, including scars from abnormal healing that are very hard to treat, such as hypertrophic scars. Patients are typically evaluated for Fractional CO2 Laser Therapy six months to one year post injury, but scars of any age can be considered for treatment.
What to Expect
During this outpatient treatment, the skin reacts to the laser’s beam of light by stimulating growth of new tissue, replacing cells and resulting in a new, healthy layer of skin. For the majority of patients, optimal results typically take at least four treatments. The number of treatments and results will vary depending on each patient’s condition.
Adult and pediatric patients are sedated during their treatment. Our dedicated anesthesia team discusses anesthesia options with patients and/or their parents prior to the sessions.
This treatment does not require a physician referral. To schedule an appointment for Laser Clinic services, please call (813) 844-7656.