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Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is a non-invasive, non-ablative procedure that utilizes laser beam technology to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Examples of non-ablative fractional lasers are the Fraxel® and the Palomar® Lux1540. These lasers are designed to improve the skin's texture, alleviate dark pigmentation and reduce the appearance of acne scars and tissue damage without the major downtime associated with other, ablative laser resurfacing procedures.
The fractional laser is divided into thousands of microbeams. These microbeams form narrow and deep columns of energy for absorption into the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Each microbeam targets and coagulate a fraction of the skin at a time, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. It is only the coagulated skin that begins to form new collagen and healthy tissue. This type of "fractional" laser precision dramatically shortens recovery times and lessens the chance of complications.
DESCRIPTION OF TREATMENT
Prior to a Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment, protective eye goggles are given to the client, and a lubricant gel is applied to the area treated. A handheld medical device will then deliver laser microbeams to the skin surface for quick absorption.
A typical Fractional Laser treatment can last 30-60 minutes, yet all times are subject to variation given the areas being treated. Most clients report minimal discomfort, and topical anesthetics are applied 30-45 minutes prior to treatment for more comfort control.
After a Fractional Laser treatment, most patients report mild pain, much like sunburn. This transient effect generally subsides within an hour. The skin will appear pink or red for a few days. The repair process typically entails a bronzing period for a few days, and some scabbing may occur. Over a period of 24 hours, new skin will begin to develop over the areas treated as old skin begins to flake off and exfoliate.
The most common side effects associated with Fractional Laser treatments include swelling and redness. This is considered normal, and can be alleviated with the application of ice packs for the first 24 hours, or a mild, over the counter pain medication. In some cases, excessive flaking or crusting may occur after aggressive or high-intensity treatments. This too is known to subside with limited risk of infection or scarring. Be sure to follow the proper post-procedural care directions given by the provider.
Fractional Laser Treatments were FDA approved for soft tissue coagulation in 2003. In 2004, the treatment was also FDA approved for skin resurfacing, and the correction of winkles, pigmented lesions, age spots, sun spots and skin discoloration.
The average cost of a single Fractional Laser Treatment can range from $2,000-$5,000. These prices are greatly affected by the provider and condition of the area, or areas treated.