Scars happen. Doing a routine skin biopsy, performing a surgical facial rejuvenation treatment or Mohs surgery — dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons cause scars. But they can also treat them.
Jill Waibel, M.D., a dermatologist at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Florida, is passionate about scars and has spent much time treating the scars on military veteran patients. Dr. Waibel will be presenting on “Keloids and Hypertrophic Scarring: Gaps and Challenges” at the 2014 Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology meeting in June.
“It's an exciting time,” Dr. Waibel says of scar research. “There's a lot of work going on around the world.”
Dr. Waibel’s clinic has treated more than 50,000 scars, and she was one of the authors of a recent consensus statement about laser treatment of traumatic scars that was published in JAMA Dermatology about laser treatment. The report focused on ablative fractional laser resurfacing.
“Laser scar therapy, particularly fractional ablative laser resurfacing, represents a promising and vastly underused tool in the multidisciplinary treatment of traumatic scars,” the authors concluded.
“Changes to existing scar treatment paradigms should include extensive integration of fractional resurfacing and other combination therapies guided by future research.”
During Dr. Waibel’s presentation in June, she hopes dermatologists will learn how to add new scar treatments to their practices.
“A lot of the lasers we're using are the ones people have in their offices already,” Dr. Waibel says. “I think you'll be able to leave the presentation saying, ‘OK, I can go back to my office and do this.’”
“We’re going to have to figure out this genetic story,” she says of the future of keloid treatment. “I think prevention is the key.”
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