Scars can be caused by a number of conditions, but one of the most common reasons for scarring is a burn injury. If you have had a burn injury, it may or may not result in scarring, depending on the severity of your burn. Those who undergo treatment for laser hair removal can suffer from scarring, and this condition is becoming more prevalent today due to the increasing popularity of laser hair removal treatment which is, unfortunately, deregulated in the UK.
If your scars are painful or unsightly or if they affect the functionality of a certain part of your body, you have several options for scar treatment. But remember this: even though scars can be treated and may be made to look less visible, they cannot really be completely removed. Here’s a list of popular options for the treatment of scarring from laser hair removal.
- Corticosteroid injections
One common scar treatment comes in the form of corticosteroid injections, particularly when it comes to hypertrophic or keloidal scars. A series of injections form part of the treatment, and these injections can be made directly onto the scar so as to reduce inflammation, which results in a flatter scar. The injections are often given at four-week or six-week increments in order to properly assess the response of your body.
- Silicone sheets or gels
Another option is the use of silicone sheets or gels. These can be found in certain pharmacies, and are not really used for scars per se – instead, they are used for skin which is in the process of healing so redness and swelling are reduced and the development of keloidal or hypertrophic scars can be avoided. Silicone sheets or gels should not be used on open wounds. For better results, the sheets or gels should be placed on the area about 12 hours every day, and this should be done for at least 3 months.
- Scar surgery
Surgery can also be done for the treatment of laser hair removal scars, although again, it cannot really remove the scar; rather, it can simply improve its appearance. When it comes to surgery, it can also be used to change the scar’s position, change its shape or width, or release a scar that is too close to a body joint in order to enhance movement.
Bear in mind, however, that undergoing surgery for scars will leave you with another scar, and this may take as long as two years to show an improvement in appearance.
If you have scarring due to laser hair removal treatment, you have every right to make a claim. By seeking a claim, you can receive compensation which can help you get the right scar treatment, and you may be compensated for loss of income, psychological trauma, loss of quality of life, and other damages as well.