Jefferson University Hospitals


Scarring occurs when the wound-healing process is disrupted by certain factors such as too much or too little collagen. If you have a scar that bothers you and you feel that having it removed or its appearance diminished would enhance your look, there are now ways to lighten or remove scars effectively. Dermatologists of the Jefferson Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology Center can determine the best treatment for your scar.

Laser treatment reduces the appearance of scars by 50 to 80 percent and helps prevent recurrence. Today's laser scar removal techniques can reduce the appearance of several types of scars, including:

  • Atrophic scarring: Depressed pin-like pockets in the skin that can result from skin conditions or diseases such as acne
  • Hypertrophic scarring: Firm, raised and pink scars that remain within the initial wound area and may fade over time
  • Keloid scarring: Firm, raised and reddish-purple scars that extends beyond the initial wound area and builds over time