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The occurrence of scars is common following acne, certain medical conditions, injuries or surgical operations


Types of scars:

  • Keloid
  • Hypertrophic
  • Atrophic
  • Burn
  • Post-traumatic
  • Acne
  • Chickenpox
  • Post-operative


The occurrence of scarring is common after acne, certain medical diseases, injuries or surgical operations. A more general categorization includes three main types of scars: hypertrophic erythematous, which are quite similar to keloids, sunken, like the ones caused by acne and chickenpox, and burn , which may share similar characteristics of the two aforementioned types, or appear as variable deterioration of skin texture.


Today, the use of advanced ultra-pulse LASER for skin regeneration, CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER, Εrbium: YAG Laser, and Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) provides new prospects in the treatment of scars, ensuring higher level of efficacy, shorter recovery time, less pain and prevention of bleeding as compared to dermabrasion and chemical peeling, while allowing greater control, accuracy and safety during surgery.

Through the single or combined action of the above mentioned three LASER systems eradication of redness is achieved, as well as skin resurfacing through the smoothing of hypertrophic scars and immersed areas.

It is also worth noting that in certain cases, simultaneous application of complementary methods, such as recovery of the embedded scars before smoothing the skin using a LASER device, ensures that the expected outcome is achieved safely, after the initial personalised, as always, assessment that helps in determining both the therapeutic process and the necessary preparatory period of the skin before treatment.

About the author:

Christofer Tzermias

Specialised in the UK (Oxford & London) and in North America (New York & San Diego) in the field of LASER Dermatology, Dr Tzermias, has been providing dermatological state-of-the-art treatments using cutting-edge LASER and Energy based Devices for over 20 years. He has been Director of Interventional and LASER Dermatology Department at the Athens Medical Center for over 18 years and for the last 9 years is the Scientific Director of IQ - Intensive Quality Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinics, which at the 2017 Healthcare Awards won the ‘Innovation Award for Innovative Services’ for their pioneering contributions. Since 2018, IQ Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinics has also been operating in London, UK and in Muscat, Oman. Dr Tzermias is a Fellow of the world-renowned American Society for LASER Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), a Founder Member of the European Society LASER Dermatology (ESLD), the Vice President of the ‘Open Health Alliance’ and he is also on the Board of Directors of Elitour - Greek Medical Tourism Council.

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