Our fractional laser treatment is non-invasive and can help with the effects of sun damage and aging. This approach uses a laser that sends a laser beam, which gets divided into many microscopic treatment zones and can target a small portion of the skin at a time. This type of laser treatment helps bridge the gap between ablative and non-ablative laser treatments. Ablative laser treatments target mostly the surface skin cells. Non-ablative treatments work on the mid layer of skin. The fractional laser is the only treatment that will work on both layers.
What Can it Treat?
Fractional lasers are used to treat lines and wrinkles on the face, sun damage and skin pigmentation, and scarring from acne or surgery. These lasers can also just improve the general skin texture and tone. Fractional lasers can be used to treat disorders that cause pigmentation, such as melasma.
While it’s mostly used on the chest, hands and neck, it can be used on anywhere on the body. This type of laser can be applied on all skin types and all patients. Depending on the age, skin type, the condition that is being treated, and what part of the body is being treated, treatment techniques can vary. This is often used in combination with surgery and other treatments for optimal results.
How it Works
Fractional lasers work by targeting the epidermis and the dermis, so it’s important to understand the skin structure to see how it can be effective. The epidermis has the cells that produce pigment, which is where the skin’s coloring comes from. The dermis has the collagen and elastin fibers that help provide skin with its elasticity and strength. When the body ages, it causes the epidermis to become thinner and so blemishes are more noticeable. The collagen is also lost in the dermis, which can contribute to both lines and wrinkles.
The laser works at targeting both layers. The laser beam is divided into thousands of tiny columns to treat the skin. The small zones are called the microthermal treatment zones, and within each zone old epidermal pigment cells are expelled, which helps new collagen form. The laser will treat powerfully within the zone and leave the rest of the other tissue intact, so it can help with healing. This is why there is a quicker healing process when using this type of laser.
There are usually four to five treatments that are needed, depending on the energy level of the laser and how damaged the skin is. Treatments are usually spaced a month apart and not always immediate, but you can start to see results progressively and usually within three to four months. The reason that treatment occurs within this time frame is to allow for complete healing, and to make sure the damaged tissue is replaced with new collagen so that you see results.