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Treatment of surgical scars with combination pulsed dye and fractional nonablative laser. A randomized controlled trial.

Kang B, Ibrahim S, Weil A, Reynolds K, Johnson T, Wilson S et al.

Ann Surg 2022; 276: 975-980.

Patients who had skin surgery with primary wound closure were randomly allocated to one of two different laser therapies for eight weeks or a control group. Fifty-two patients were eligible for analysis. Laser treatment improved wound score after 36 weeks, particularly with regards to scar thickness, stiffness and erythema.

Comment: Whether laser treatment improves wound healing still remains unproven.

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