Scars, whether large or small can be devastating to your self-esteem. In the past surgical removal of scars was the only option. Of course that may improve a scar but you are left with a new surgical scar.
Lasers, and some forward thinking investigators have given us more options. Think of scars as a result of the body trying to heal a wound as quickly and efficiently as possible. Sometimes this results in a “normal” although visible scar. Sometimes the scar is “hypertrophic” meaning it is thick and ropey. Other times the scar is thin and delicate, stretch marks are usually the type of scar known as “atrophic”. Rarely does it result in a keloid which is serious medical condition because these scars can increase in size for many years after the initial injury.
Fraxel laser resurfacing is very successful in treating atrophic scars and stretch marks. CO2 laser resurfacing goes deeper and can vaporize the thick, raised scars.
In either case there is usually the need for multiple treatments. Early (as soon as 3 weeks after the injury) laser treatment shows the most promise.