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Fractional Laser Resurfacing – Give Your Skin A Youthful Look Non-surgically

Fractional laser resurfacing is an effective way to treat particular areas of your face, neck or chest without damaging surrounding skin. As the name of this facial treatment suggests, only a fraction or columns of skin are removed leaving the surrounding area intact this promotes faster healing of the treated area. The treatment uses mild laser energy directed on the skin surface that sends laser beams deep within the skin for skin tightening and enhanced collagen production for a more youthful look. Some of the skin imperfections treated by this non-invasive treatment include age spots, scarring, uneven coloration, uneven texture, dull tone, skin laxity, wrinkles and fine lines. Skin Deep Medical Spa performs fractional laser resurfacing.

How is fractional laser resurfacing performed?

Fractional laser resurfacing is an in-office procedure that is performed under local anesthesia for your comfort. Your physician may as well apply a topical anesthetic and prescribe sedative medication to relax you throughout the treatment. The skin treatment is performed while you are lying down. A handheld laser device I then maneuvered on particular areas of your skin needing treatment. Your physician adjusts the laser system to ideal energy levels that will offer ideal treatment without damaging surrounding skin. The treatment has no downtime, and you can go home on the same day after treatment.

Risks of fractional laser resurfacing

After treatment with fractional laser resurfacing, your skin may feel like it has a mild sunburn. You may also have some swelling and redness. A few days after the procedure, you may also experience some stinging or itching that is, however, temporary. After about a week following treatment, your skin may become dry and peel. In some treatments, your skin may appear to have a severe sunburn. Your skin may also appear raw, blistered or oozing. After the oozing cease, a crust may form on the affected skin. Your physician will discourage you from scratching or pulling out the crust to prevent scarring.

Recovery time for laser resurfacingThe time frame to return to work is determined by the laser type and how aggressively the laser is being used. Nothing seems to expedite greatly recovery substantially, but good skin care before and after laser treatment is important to avoid complications. Moisture is necessary for the newly lasered skin. Make sure a thick ointment (i.e. Aquaphor) is applied for several days. Usually, patients treated with the Erbium laser can return to work in 1 week, and those treated with CO2 laser require three weeks to recover. Less aggressive lasers may only require a day or 2 to recover, but such laser treatment typically needs to be performed numerous times.

How well it works

Your skin type, the condition of your skin, your doctor’s level of experience, the type of laser used, and your lifestyle following the procedure can all affect the short-term and long-term results of laser resurfacing. Some types of skin problemsor defects respond better to laser resurfacing than others. People with lighter skin who limit their sun exposure after the procedure tend to have better results than those with darker skin and those who continue to spend l

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