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The Laser and Scar Treatment Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides comprehensive, up-to-date and effective approaches to treat scars from all causes. We offer noninvasive laser skin rejuvenation treatments that can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, sun damage, puffy eyes, and broken blood vessels, and treat skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Our team is comprised of plastic surgeons, reconstructive makeup consultants, physical and occupational therapists, as well as a psychiatrist specialized in the treatment of traumatic injury and pain. Our surgeons are leading experts in the field, with appointments at Harvard Medical School, and actively engaged in research on new and innovative scar and laser treatment strategies.
Mass General offers innovative techniques to improve the appearance of scars from burns, surgical incisions, wounds and other injuries. Our team of experts is available to evaluate your scar and create a customized treatment plan that best meets your specific goals and expectations.
We treat all forms of scars, including hypertrophic (thick) scars, keloids, hyperpigmented (dark) scars, red/pink scars, stretch marks, and scars arising from trauma, burns, acne or other causes.
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Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Laser surgery is a noninvasive procedure where a targeted wavelength of light is used to resurface skin as well as close broken capillaries. Used cosmetically, laser surgery can produce desired results safely and effectively, and with minimal recovery time. Our laser surgery treatments can target specific areas, such as the forehead, upper and lower eyelids (non-surgical blepharoplasty), cheeks, jowls, perioral area (tissue around the mouth) and neck.
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Appointments & Referrals
We pair patients and their referring physician with an experienced care coordinator who helps assess patient needs and coordinates all necessary appointments and tests. Our goal is to schedule patient appointments within 2-4 weeks, depending on each patient’s situation.
In order to expedite the scheduling process, we encourage patients to confirm coverage options with their health insurance company and/or obtain a referral from their primary care physician prior to their first visit. Patients may request an appointment online. Patients and physicians may also call 877-424-5678 to speak with our care coordinator.
Mass General offers several types of laser treatments to help you achieve your goals. Our team treats many skin conditions, including:
Laser and Cosmetic Therapies
Mass General offers several types of laser treatments to help you achieve your goals:
In addition to our laser treatments, we offer noninvasive cosmetic skin care options such as chemical peels—to uncover smoother, more evenly pigmented skin—and injectable therapies, such as Botox® and dermal fillers, which help fill out areas of the face and lips.
Our laser treatments can be tailored to each patient’s needs. We have the ability to adjust treatments to coincide with the amount of recovery time a patient can commit to. We are able to achieve the same end result whether treatment is accomplished in one visit with a longer recovery period, or by offering a series of treatments with shorter recovery periods. We are also able to combine laser treatments with cosmetic surgery in order to achieve optimal results with a faster healing period. Your surgeon will work with you to determine your best treatment.
What to Expect
Your initial consultation will take approximately 30-45 minutes. During this time, your doctor will review your medical history and treatment objectives. We ask that you bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages. Photos may also be taken to monitor treatment progress.
Treatment options, including risks and benefits, will be discussed in detail. We will work with you to find the best plan for you. Our aim during the consultation is to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
We provide services at our medical campus in Boston, and at our North Shore Center in Danvers.
Recovery time for all laser treatments varies depending on the treatment. Multiple treatments may be necessary to reach your specific goal. Results can typically be seen immediately, though it may take between four to six months for full results to take effect as the skin continues to tighten and the collagen is remodeled. Prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to assist with any mild discomfort. Your surgeon will provide post-treatment instructions to help with any redness or swelling, and to promote healing.
You may experience the following side effects during or after your treatment:
You may not be a candidate for laser surgery if you:
We offer a variety of nonsurgical, evidence-based options for scar treatments. These include silicone gels/sheets, custom compression garments, steroid ointments or injections, as well as a complete Reconstructive Makeup Program:
Various forms of scar revision surgery can be used to remove, or help camouflage your scar. Fat transfer has also shown significant promise for the appropriate scar. Laser treatment can help to flatten and soften your scar:
The first step is to schedule a personal consultation with one of our surgeons. Your medical history, scar-related symptoms, and personal goals will be assessed. An exam will be performed. Your surgeon will discuss the options available and expectations, tailored to your specific goals.
If you require surgery, your procedure may be scheduled at one of several locations, including Mass General in Boston or at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers. We are typically able to schedule patients for surgery within a few weeks. For all procedures, we employ the latest technology and techniques.
Many treatment options are available in the clinic. Other options may require outpatient or inpatient surgery. You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, guidelines on eating and drinking, and taking medications and dietary supplements. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery. Patients may require further care at home after surgery depending on the type of procedure done.
The anesthesia choice will depend on the type of scar treatment needed. You will remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. General anesthesia, sedation, and local anesthesia are options depending on the procedure.
You will be given detailed instructions regarding wound care and dressings. You will have follow-up appointments and we will continue to assess your long-term results.
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Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The glands become clogged, leading to pimples and cysts.
Characterized by redness, pimples and broken blood vessels, rosacea is a common skin condition that usually only affects the face and eyes.
A scar is the body's natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin.
There are many different types of lesions and skin conditions that can be treated with laser surgery.
Skin color is determined by a pigment (melanin) made by specialized cells in the skin (melanocytes). Some disorders which affect skin color are: albinism, melasma, pigment loss after skin damage, and vitiligo.
Instructions for patients on what to expect following same-day surgical procedures.
Acknowledgement form and information for patients undergoing laser surgery.
Instructions for patients on what to expect before and after laser surgery.
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