Laser in surgical scar clearance: An update review

Barnali Chowdhury, Martin Kassir, Julio Salas-Alanis, Steven Nistico, Hassan Galadari, Klaus Fritz, Carmen Salavastru, Leszek Blicharz, Mohamad Goldust

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Scar formation is a consequence of wound healing that developed from damaged tissue either from physical injury or surgical incision. A hypertrophic scar develops due to an abnormal healing response to trauma. It might lead to serious functional and cosmetic disability. There are numerous methods mentioned in the literature to treat such scars but to date, no single method has been known to cure them. In this review, we focused on differences between various types of nonsurgical management of hypertrophic scar focusing on the indication, mechanism of action, and efficacy of the pulsed dye laser (PDL), fractional carbon dioxide laser (fCO2), Er-YAG laser, and intense pulse light (IPL). The literature research included peer-reviewed articles (clinical trials or scientific reviews) which were identified by searching electronic databases like PubMed till January 2021 and reference lists of respective articles. Only articles published in the English language were included.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3808-3811
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • clearance
  • laser
  • surgical scar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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