Fractional photothermolysis for the treatment of surgical scars: A case report

Daniel S. Behroozan, Leonard H. Goldberg, Tianhong Dai, Roy G. Geronemus, Paul M. Friedman

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Background. Surgical scars are a challenging condition to treat. Fractional photothermolysis provides a promising new modality for treatment. Case report. A 55-year-old white female patient with a surgical scar on the chin was treated with fractional photothermolysis (1550 nm Fraxel™ SR laser). A single treatment session was performed at pulse energy of 8 mJ (MTZ) and a final density of 2000 MTZ/cm2. The treatment response was assessed by comparing pre- and 2-week post-treatment clinical photography. Results. A greater than 75% clinical improvement of scarring was achieved at 2 weeks after a single treatment based on independent physician assessment. No significant adverse effects were noted. The improvement was persistent at 1-month follow-up. Conclusion. Fractional photothermolysis offers a new, effective, and safe modality for the treatment of surgical scars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Fractional photothermolysis
  • Fraxel
  • Laser
  • Scar
  • Surgical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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