In this clinical trial, which involves civilians and military veterans with scars that are over a year old recruited from Burns Centres in Birmingham and Swansea, we are assessing the effectiveness of laser therapy to breakdown scar tissue from burn and blast injuries and restore lost function. Our researchers are also investigating the use of lasers as a new way of delivering anti-scarring drugs.
Laser therapy is one of the newer treatments used to improve the appearance and feel of scars caused by serious burn injuries and to restore resulting loss of function. Despite its growing popularity as an alternative to intrusive and often painful corrective surgery, there is currently limited evidence to how effective it really is. As well as understanding how laser therapy works at a cellular level, our researchers are also investigating how it can be improved for future use, and whether lasers can act as a new way of delivering anti-scarring drugs.