Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Resurfacing remove the outer layers of the skin and stimulate new collagen growth
Most characteristics associated with aging, such as wrinkles, deep skin furrows, and thick or leathery skin are caused by years of sun exposure. Surface imperfections such as acne, scarring, moles, and sunspots may also taint the face. Our skin is composed of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The dermis, or the deep layer, contains collagen elastic fibers, which give our skin basic structure and support. The sun and other factors, such as tobacco or alcohol use, can break down these substances in our dermis causing wrinkles and furrows. Fractional laser resurfacing can help remediate these skin imperfections and issues.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing Technology
During fractional laser resurfacing, the UltraPulse CO2 laser is utilized to remove the outer layers of the skin and stimulate new collagen growth. Results are firmer, smoother and younger looking skin that’s been restored to a healthier state. Opting for fractional laser resurfacing (dispersed laser beams allowing for less downtime) or fractionated laser resurfacing (using the full force of the laser beam) will depend on your desired needs and can be discussed during an initial consultation.
The UltraPulse CO2 laser uses high-energy beams to vaporize scars, lines, wrinkles and other skin imperfections layer by layer. This laser offers exceptional precision, control and accuracy not available with other methods. The UltraPulse CO2 laser can only be used up to the jaw line due to difficulties in healing if used on the skin on the neck; however, there are other treatments available to address the skin on the neck.
Fractional laser resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis in an accredited and licensed ambulatory surgical center under anesthesia sedation. Patients are discharged the same day to a responsible party. You cannot drive yourself home after treatment and we advise you to arrive to the procedure with someone you know and trust.
Recovery from Fractional Laser Resurfacing
During the first two weeks after the procedure, a significant amount of redness and weeping of the skin can be expected. An occlusive dressing must be applied for the first 6 or 7 days, and you must refrain from wearing make-up during the first couple weeks.
The skin may continue to show signs of pinkness or redness for several weeks following the treatment. We will assist you in helping to prepare the skin for treatment as well as applying camouflage make-up during the second week. Swelling may also occur and should resolve within the first couple of weeks. Sun exposure should also be avoided during the first six weeks following treatment.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing may not necessarily be the appropriate recommendation for each patient. The cost of the procedure varies depending on each individual’s needs and typically ranges from $2,500 – $5,000. Please contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation for a skin assessment.