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hi, I just wanted to share my experience so far with laser treatment. I have 60% burns – 40% full thickness, they are as a result from severe scalding in a bath 20 years ago. I am in a lot of pain daily as my entire back is scarred which pulls my back out of place and that I turn pulls my hips out resulting in severe pain not just when standing and walking but on bad days I am in pain sitting and laying down. In recent years I have had 3 lots of laser treatment, 2 rounds of laser on my chest 2-3 years ago and then April of this year I had the 1st round of laser on my back, I’m awaiting a 2nd round of laser on my back, hopefully in the next 2-3 months. As my scarring is very old and bumpy the laser treatment hasn’t improved the appearance, however because the laser improves the stretchiness of the scarring it has reduced the amount of pain I am in with my hips. The next round of laser treatment they are going to particularly focus on the tight areas that particularly pull on my hips, rather than the whole back. I will keep you posted on how it goes when I have the treatment. For anyone awaiting laser treatment, so far for me it has been a day surgery, so I’ve come home on that day and although I was told that the initial recovery time is 5 days, realistically I’d allow 2 weeks as it depends on the depth/intensity they use and it can really drain your energy. I hope this is helpful. 🙂
Hi.. I am really interested in your post as I also have scarring on my back and left side and it is pulling out my left hip and causing lower back pain and pain deep in my hip. I have been having z plasty releases to help lengthen my tightened left side but I hadn’t thought of laser as an option. Thanks. Please let me know how you get on. Thanks
Hi I have had 9 sessions of laser with great results, but now feel it is not having much affect, my hospital asked me to trial a new laser ( which the private clinics use in Harley Street) they wanted to concentrate on my tight bands on my neck and also between my thumb and first finger and I was amazed at the difference I now have more movement to both areas after just 1 treatment, I had to have the normal numbing cream plus some local injection, so it looks like laser is getting even better for the future
Hi, hope it continues to help. My son has had recent burns and laser is a likely next option for him. He is clearly worried about how much it might hurt and I wondered how you would describe it? I also wondered why you felt the recovery time needed was so much longer than I imagined it would be. I am trying to encourage him along.
Hi Bel before Laser I put a numbing cream on, I dont find it painful , I have both pulse dye laser and C02 it feels a bit like a elastic band flicking the skin with one (cant remember which is which ) the other a intense heat feels a bit like a tiny electric shock, but they a put ice pack on it which soothes it straightaway. The healing time is around 5-10 days, you will see tiny dot marks which will scab over a few days later, for me after 5 days I can wear make-up and scabs are usually gone by day 7 or 8 they are so tiny you can hardly see them, there will also be redness but again it goes down very quickly
Hi Dawn 17 I am going to be having CO2 laser treatment soon. I have read it removes the top layer of skin on the scar. This sounds different to having tiny pinpoint scabs as described. I am getting quite worried about it. My treatment area is my abdomen and my right breast rather than my face.