FRACTIONAL RESURFACING LASERS; ARE THEY ALL THE SAME?
Also known as fractional photothermolysis, fractional laser resurfacing is a relatively new method of Laser Skin Rejuvenation in which the targeted areas of the skin are precisely spaced out at a microscopic level, leaving some skin perfectly intact while other zones are heat treated. The effect is visually comparable to the pixels in digital images, as the tiny spots of treated skin replace old, destroyed cells with new, healthy ones, and the untreated areas maintain the tissue’s stability for quicker recovery.
Fractional skin resurfacing uses laser energy micro beams to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. These areas can be either “non-ablative” (the laser beams coagulate the affected tissue) or “ablative” (the laser beams vaporize the affected tissue). Non-ablative procedures are minimal to no downtime procedures, while ablative procedures provide a single treatment option. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger-looking skin.
There are two main types of fractional lasers, the CO2 and the erbium. Both of these work on the same principals, as described as above but the difference is that the CO2 lasers are more aggressive and the results are more apparent, in a shorter period of time. They do, however, have longer recovery times than the erbium ones which are gentler.
There are different types of technology and they are NOT all the same. To name just a few, there is the Fraxel, the Pixel and the Palomar which are all brand names. At the moment, Fraxel seems to be the leading treatment and is offered in a variety of places.
As we age, our skin starts to show signs that we are no longer in the bloom of youth and some of these signs can be treated. Things such as lines, wrinkles, age spots, and acne scarring can all be reduces or even removed with this modern technology. You are left with smooth, blemish-free skin which looks as though it has been renewed.
The process is virtually pain-free and the costs vary, depending on the place you live and the procedure you select. There is almost no recovery time apart from a little redness and swelling which fades quickly and the results are visible within a month or two. During the procedure you may feel a slight prickling sensation and a little heat, which is alleviated by cooling lotions and cool air.
In the battle to reverse the signs of ageing, fractional resurfacing lasers are a powerful tool, which needs to be handled by professionals. Before you proceed with the treatments, you need to make sure that your doctor is fully trained and certified. Make sure that during the initial consultation covers all the things that you wish to enquire about. The skill of the person who is doing the procedure will make a difference to the end results and any side effects which may occur, such as scarring.
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