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31 January 2024 : Case report  Armenia

[In Press] Fractional CO₂ Laser Therapy for Effective Treatment of Facial Traumatic Hypertrophic Scar: A Case Report

Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Management of emergency care

Kristina V. Grigoryan1ABCDG, Irene Fusco2DEF, Lara Ronconi2BCD, Tiziano Zingoni2ACDG

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.942706

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.942706  

Available online: 2024-01-31, In Press, Corrected Proof

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Hypertrophic scars occur when there is an excessive wound-healing response in the skin. Fractional, or fractionated, carbon dioxide (CO₂) laser therapy uses narrow shafts of light to smooth the skin surface and stimulate dermal collagen, which tightens the skin. This case report describes a 57-year-old woman with a traumatic hypertrophic scar of the face treated with fractional carbon dioxide laser therapy. The purpose of this case report was to highlight the role of fractional CO₂ laser therapy in treatment of a facial traumatic hypertrophic scar in a patient after a motor vehicle crash.
A 57-year-old female patient presented with a hypertrophic, rigid, post-traumatic scar on the left side of her face following a motor vehicle crash. For the hypertrophic scar removal, the patient underwent 1 treatment session with fractional CO₂ laser using the µ-Scan DOT scanning system. After 1 laser treatment session, the photographic documentation, which permits monitoring the treatment’s effectiveness in esthetic improvement, showed a significant improvement in scar texture and color. In addition, a significant reduction in scar height was observed following laser therapy. Fractional laser treatment with the device was very well tolerated by the patient, who reported no pain or discomfort, complications, or adverse effects either during treatment or in the follow-up period (3 months).
This report demonstrates the cosmetic application of fractional carbon dioxide laser therapy in a case of hypertrophic scar with the use of an effective therapeutic protocol that did not require the use of suturing.

Keywords: Laser Therapy; Lasers, Gas; Skin Manifestations

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923