Looking for dramatic facial rejuvenation without the recovery time needed for dermabrasion and deep chemical peels? Look no further than fractional laser resurfacing.
What is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?
Fractional laser resurfacing leaves areas of untreated skin intact while treating only a fraction of the skin’s surface. This laser technology improves the overall texture of the skin, along with wrinkles, scars, sunspots, enlarged pores and uneven pigmentation. The procedure can typically be performed in less than an hour, and the results are noticeable within a few weeks. Most patients continue to notice improvement for three to six months following the procedure.
How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?
The two most common types of laser resurfacing treatment options available are CO2 and erbium. The procedure you choose typically depends on your specific concerns and the amount of downtime you can tolerate.
CO2 laser resurfacing, such as the Active Fx Ultrapulse, is an ablative treatment option that rejuvenates the skin and corrects imperfections by producing a wound response. High-energy beams of laser light interact with the skin’s surface causing the upper layer to regenerate a layer of new, healthy skin. Non-ablative lasers, such as the Pixel erbium laser, on the other hand, are typically less invasive and do not stimulate a wound response in the same way, resulting in less downtime. Erbium laser resurfacing is best for more superficial concerns, whereas the CO2 laser is more suited for deeper wrinkles and scars.
What Makes a Laser Fractional?
The new fractional laser technology allows for a very precise treatment along with a quick recovery time compared to the previous laser technology. What more can you ask for?
This new technology allows both ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing to be delivered with a lower risk of pigmentation changes and less downtime. Since the fractional laser affects only a very small portion of your skin, recovery time is greatly reduced.
The Active Fx CO2 laser typically only requires 5-7 days of downtime after treatment, and the recovery time required after a Pixel laser treatment is typically only 48-72 hours. Before fractional laser technology was introduced, recovery could take up to a whopping 6 weeks! To learn more about laser resurfacing and find the best treatment for you, feel free to contact us here at Dr. Dayan’s office. We would love to help rejuvenate your face with the latest laser innovations.
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