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Combo Laser-Cision, Pinhole Method Effective for Burn Scars

Findings among a small number of patients with hypertrophic burn scars treated over six years

Combo Laser-Cision, Pinhole Method Effective for Burn Scars

MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hypertrophic burn scars, a combination laser-cision and pinhole method using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser may be a new effective treatment option, according to research published online April 11 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

Sang Ju Lee, M.D., Ph.D., of the Yonsei Star Skin & Laser Clinic in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues reviewed the charts of nine patients (mean age, 31.2 years) with hypertrophic burn scars treated by combination laser-cision and pinhole method (January 2007 to December 2012).

The researchers found that subjects were treated with one to three treatment sessions at one-year intervals by laser-cision and five to eight treatment sessions at two- to three-month intervals by pinhole method. Blinded evaluation of photographs taken at baseline and six months after the final treatment showed mild to moderate improvement in all the patients. A mean improvement score of 3.11 was seen on patient satisfaction surveys.

"Combination laser-cision and pinhole method using a CO2 laser may be a new effective treatment option for patients with hypertrophic burn scars," the authors write.

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