Treatment of Hypertrophic Burn and Traumatic Scars With a 2,940-nm Fractional Ablative Erbium-doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet Laser: A Pilot Study

Adam J. Wulkan, Ashley Rudnick, Evangelos Badiavas, Jill S. Waibel

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In recent years, fractional ablative lasers at low density have proven to be the centerpiece in a multimodality approach to treating hypertrophic burn scars. OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety and efficacy of fractional ablative erbium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Er:YAG) laser in the treatment of hypertrophic burn scars. METHODS: Eleven patients received 3 fractional ablative Er:YAG laser to hypertrophic burn scars at 400 to 800 μm, density 11%, no coagulation, and single pass at 4-week intervals. RESULTS: Overall, average improvement was noted to be 2.27 of 3 as determined by blinded observers. A significant improvement was noted in all measured parameters including dyschromia, atrophy hypertrophy, vascularity, and texture. CONCLUSION: This is a pilot study showing the safety and efficacy of fractional ablative Er:YAG laser treatment is a safe and effective treatment modality in the treatment of hypertrophic scars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-793
Number of pages5
JournalDermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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