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Fractionate Laser Treatments

Advanced Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractionate Laser Treatments revolutionize skin treatments for wrinkle correction, skin pigmentation, acne scars, and skin tightening

Laser treatments such as CO2 and Erbium skin resurfacing lasers revolutionized the way cosmetic surgeons treated wrinkles from the very dangerous and unpredictable deep chemical peels such as the phenol peel to a more precise, predictable and safer method. However these lasers were associated with a painful and lengthy recovery period that was fraught with risks and complications.  Fractional laser technology has dramatically improved such ablative laser treatments and other non-ablative laser treatments and eliminated the prolonged and uncomfortable recuperation associated with the non-fractionated lasers.
The Fractionated Laser Advantage

Lasers that are fractionated induce their effect as a microscopic grid skipping and sparing the untreated skin in within the treatment grid.  The net effect of this method significantly reduces downtime to a few days by allowing faster skin healing from the untreated skin areas and minimizes adverse effects while yielding dramatic skin rejuvenation results. Fractionated laser treatments do not require general anesthesia as they are well tolerated with or without topical anesthetic creams.

Ablative Fractionated Lasers

CO2 and Erbium skin resurfacing lasers ablate and remove the top layers of skin to treat wrinkles (rhytides) and sun damaged skin (photoaging).  The skin will look pink and scabbed and will peel and heal on the skin surface with in 4 to 14 days.  The internal skin healing consisting of collagen regeneration occurs over the next 3 to 6 months.

Non-Ablative Fractionated Lasers

Nonablative technologies including infrared lasers (Titan), intense pulsed light (IPL, photofacial), and radiofrequency devices (Thermage), have introduced nonsurgical options to rejuvenating and tightening skin without down time and with minimal risk.

Fractionated non-ablative lasers are great for individuals with busy schedules that do not afford them time off for a recovery period.  These laser treatments may cause the skin to be pink for 2 to 4 days, but is easily concealed with a tinted sunscreen or makeup.  To achieve optimum desired results with such lasers, a series of 3 to 5 treatments sessions about one month apart are recommended.

Uses For Fractionated Lasers

  • Acne scars and chickenpox scars
  • Improves sun damaged skin (poikiloderma)- brown spots, age spots
  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Corrects skin discoloration (dyschromia)
  • Improves melasma (mask of pregnancy)
  • Rejuvenate the skin on neck, chest and hands
  • Improve texture tone
  • Reduce pore size
  • Improves scars and stretch marks
Fractionated Laser Devices

The most marketed and recognized name of the fractionated lasers is Fraxel.  Companies are rapidly developing and introducing competitive laser systems onto the market place with different names and marketing strategies. It is important that your cosmetic surgeon be able to distinguish between the hype and the science behind lasers and other medical devices on the market.  The following is a partial list of the fractionated laser on the market today.

[Fraxel SR, Fraxel Repair (AFR), Palomar Lux 1540 Fractional, Lux IR Fractional, Affirm, Pixel, ActiveFX, Scanlite, ProFractional, Lutronic Mosaic, Slim Mixto SX, Lumenis Bridge Lux2940, DeepFX, Exelo 2, Pearl, Starlux 2940.]

Combination Treatments

With the proper understanding of each technology you and your cosmetic surgeon can discuss a combination of lasers along with other appropriate procedures to give you the most benefit with the least risk and cost.

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