What does fractional laser do for the skin?
You might have heard of friends having laser for fine lines, age spots, skin rejuvenation and much more and wondered, ‘how does laser achieve this?’ I often have people come to the clinic seeking a fresher, more radiant look, for which I will suggest a course of fractional laser. Let me explain exactly what it can do for you. First of all, there are two types of fractional laser; non-ablative and ablative.
Non- ablative skin-rejuvenating laser improves the appearance of age spots, sun damage, fine lines, and minor scars by creating heat in the skin through tiny micro-beams of energy. By depositing heat into the dermis, it stimulates collagen remodeling and tightens the skin. By using a fractional approach, it means only parts of the skin are affected by the laser which reduces recovery time. Surrounding tissue is unaffected. Healthier new skin grows and replaces the old damaged and wrinkled skin. The effects are gradual and dermal collagen remodeling will continue even after the last treatment. Skin texture will improve, fine lines reduced and even pores appear less visible.
There is little to no down time with the non-ablative fractional laser. You may experience a hot sensation and have some slight swelling but you can resume normal activities the next day. The procedure generally takes about 35 minutes. Best results are achieved with the minimum of three to six treatments.
Fractional ablative laser is a more intense treatment, which involves removing the top layers of the skin, which also stimulates collagen production and skin tightening from within. It offers the same results in a single treatment but requires further precautions to be taken post-procedure. Ablative laser resurfacing is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for improving ageing skin available today.
Here at Complete Skin we offer both types of laser skin resurfacing. Come in for a free skin consultation so we can advise you on the best course of treatment.
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