Laser resurfacing can effectively improve the overall tone of skin and diminish the appearance of skin issues such as age spots, freckles and injury scars. The recently developed Fraxel® laser is similar to the CO2 lasers so commonly used to treat these conditions, but the Fraxel® laser is an erbium glass laser that delivers more defined, sharply focused microbeams of light energy, making it suitable for younger clients who have good overall skin tone except for regional irregularities. In the Burnaby and Delta areas of the Vancouver metro area, we proudly offer professional laser resurfacing treatments to correct a variety of skin conditions.
Before we choose to perform this type of treatment, however, we must consult with the client so that we can examine the facial features and determine whether laser resurfacing is the best option.
What Is a Fractional Laser?
Lasers deliver monochromatic light, or in other words, light beams of a single frequency. The wavelength is in the heat wave part of the spectrum. Thus, the beam is very powerful and can cut through most tissues.
A fractional laser has a lensing apparatus that breaks the light up into a multitude of tiny beams. Each of these beams can be thought of as pixilated rays, and each one strikes the skin and penetrates through it. The microchannels created are called microthermal zones. The beam frequency can be adjusted so that the pixilated shafts of light remove one layer of skin at a time. This is similar to what microneedling accomplishes, but it’s much more effective in treating tissues farther below the skin surface.
What the Fraxel® Laser Can Correct
Ideal candidates for laser resurfacing include adults who have good overall skin tone except for regional discolorations. These include injury scars, dark freckles, melasma patches, liver spots and crepiness. Laser resurfacing can also diminish the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, particularly fine lines near the mouth and eyes.
How It’s Performed
The laser is a handheld device that is pressed directly onto the skin’s surface. At the tip of the instrument is the lensing apparatus that breaks the beam into many tiny shafts. Our specialist adjusts the strength and wavelength of the light energy pulses. At first, the microchannels are superficial as the epidermis is removed. The darker, denser dermal tissue that lies beneath and the dark spots contained within are then targeted as the beam power is increased. The adjacent tissues are unaffected.
A few weeks after treatment, the targeted tissues have been discarded by the body, and the newer tissue created to replace it will have a better tone. Collagen production also increases, an added bonus to an already effective skin rejuvenation treatment.
The Fraxel® laser resurfacing procedure can also be used to treat enlarged oil pores on the nose. The use of a laser for this treatment has advantages over abrasive resurfacing and chemical peel procedures because it cannot create unwanted discolorations. Laser resurfacing can also be performed to get rid of unwanted dark hairs because the follicles that produce them are destroyed permanently.
If you live in the Burnaby or Delta neighborhoods, you’re close to us. We are professional skin rejuvenation specialists at Lougheed Laser Centre, and we would love to tell you more about the advanced procedures we can perform with the Fraxel® laser. Contact us today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.