CHENNAI: A lot of people hate the scars that they’ve picked up growing up — burns, injuries, even surgical scars. But one of the major reasons that people prefer to keep it under wraps and even live with it is because they don’t want to go under the knife and get plastic surgery again. As an alternative, The Medical Park has introduced a laser-based scar expansion therapy that does not involve taking skin from another part of your body to cover an ugly scar.
“We use high precision lasers to get at the scar tissue at the wound site. Most often, it would have hardened over the years, as people come to us very late,” explains Dr Jeya Prakash, age management expert and plastic surgeon at the hospital. Using these lasers, the deformed skin at the wound site and the flesh underneath are coaxed continuously till it flattens out, “We expand it repeatedly, but it does take a good amount of time to completely flatted a large scar,” he admits. The trick is, they do it stage by stage and keep it under an hour each time — almost like a couple of sessions in therapy.
As this process does not involve any fat, skin or flesh from a donor site under your thighs or in your groin, it is technically better for the body.
Though burn victims will find it an extremely expensive process to have their skin returned to normal, this could end up being a ‘skin’ saver for people with small scars.