The use of a fractional CO2 laser for the treatment of third-degree burn scars was effective and well-tolerated among Asian patients, offering the potential for a new future burn scar treatment, according to a poster presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Researchers evaluated the safety and efficacy of the UltraPulse Encore laser (Lumenis) in patients (n=11) aged 39 to 54 years with skin phototype IV and V and burn scars. Treatments were given over 10 sessions on an average 5-week interval and performed in two passes at 12.5 mJ/cm2 to 20 mJ/cm2, with a density setting of 5% to 15%. The researchers obtained clinical evaluation assessments and three biopsy specimens at baseline and again at 6 months, upon the conclusion of treatment.
“All patients showed clinical improvement in their scars,” the researchers wrote. “Histological findings also showed collagen remodeling in reticular dermis and increasing oxytalan fibers in papillary dermis.”
Furthermore, both skin smoothness and tension significantly improved following treatment. Commonly reported adverse events included mild postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and itching.
Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.
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Suh D-H. Abstract #4835. Presented at: The 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. March 16-20, 2012. San Diego, Calif.