Four treatments with ablative fractional laser every three to six months provide the best results for treating scars, according to a report from Air Force dermatologist Lt. Col. Chad Hivnor of the San Antonio Military Health System and colleagues. Earlier treatment was associated with improved range of motion and the remodeling of skin, and good results were seen when laser treatment was given with the removal of surgical sutures. "While we started using fractional laser surgery for wounded soldiers, this treatment also is helping civilians who may be suffering from scars due to injuries from things like dog bites, motorcycle accidents or fires," Hivnor said.

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