Fractional Laser Resurfacing
As we age, sun damage and environmental pollutants take their toll on our skin, causing wrinkles, sun spots, and a tired look. Resurfacing the skin with a laser procedure can reverse these effects and help restore a healthy look to your skin.
There are two types of skin resurfacing: full field and fractional. In full field resurfacing, the entire surface of the skin in the treatment area is removed. The body naturally replaces the damaged skin that was removed with a healthy new layer. Shallow treatments eliminate fine lines, sun spots, and tired-looking skin while deep treatments eliminate deep wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.
In fractional resurfacing, the laser removes pinpoint columns of skin while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This approach allows the laser to ablate and coagulate tissue to variable depth, while the surrounding intact tissue promotes rapid healing.
+ Instructions before visit:
Two weeks prior: Avoid prolonged sun exposure. No Laser treatments or chemical peels.
Five days prior: Discontinue use of Retinoids/Tretinoins.
Day of procedure: Clean face, no makeup. Take medications prescribed (Acyclovir and Ativan if needed).
Procedure time: 1 hour.
Downtime: 5-7 days. Expect skin to be red and have moderate swelling for several days.
Back to work: 3-5 days
Anesthetic: Topical Lidocaine.
After care: Avoid prolonged sun exposure for at least two weeks post procedure. Avoid heat, strenuous activity, and exercise for several days post treatment. May apply cold compresses immediately after treatment, as needed. Over the counter pain relievers may be taken as needed. Physical blocking sunscreen must be worn daily, Intellishade and Suntegrity are recommended. Use gentle skin care products such as Revision Gentle Cleansing Lotion, Regenica Recovery Gel, and sunscreen. No exfoliants or retinoids for two weeks post procedure.
Results: Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, smoother, plumper skin, reduction in acne scarring, and reduction in pore size.
Duration: 6-9 months.