Facial plast Surg 2012; 28(05): 518-524
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1325646
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Laser Treatment of Scars

Sepehr Oliaei1, John Stuart Nelson2, Richard Fitzpatrick3, Brian J.F. Wong1, 4, 5
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Irvine, Orange, California
  • 2University of California Irvine, The Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, Irvine, California
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, San Diego, California
  • 4Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California
  • 5Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Surgery, The Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, Irvine, California
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Publication Date:
01 October 2012 (online)


Recent advances in optical technologies have produced laser systems capable of optimizing the appearance of scars from various etiologies. Laser treatment can commence as early as the time of the initial injury and as late as several years after the injury. Optimal results can now be attained with minimal down time. Herein, we review several available optical technologies for treatment of surgical, traumatic, and inflammatory scars, based upon our clinical experience.