Fractional Resurfacing Overview
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our skincare specialists are experts at laser skin resurfacing in San Diego. This treatment is now a very safe and common procedure that many people are choosing rather than more invasive surgical procedures.
Fractional lasers create thousands of tiny microthermal zones deep into the skin, which the skin repairs by pushing out the old, damaged skin and replacing it with new, fresh skin. Each treatment stimulates the regeneration of the deeper collagen and elastin tissue while renewing about 20% of your’s skin’s surface. It triggers the body’s own natural healing process, accelerating the production of new collagen and healthy skin cells.
Fractional resurfacing laser treatments can be used to improve the following skin conditions:
- Pigmentation problems (especially brown pigment)
- Age spots, sun spots, and sun damage
- Moderate to severe wrinkles
- Textural irregularities
- Lip lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Skin laxity (sagging skin)
The cutting-edge laser resurfacing treatments we offer at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology include the following:
Lumenis Active/Deep FX
The Lumenis Active/Deep FX is a combination of Active FX and Deep FX. When used together, they offer a full range of fractional resurfacing: Deep FX offers a deeper micro-ablative treatment to target deeper wrinkles and acne scarring, while Active FX offers a large superficial spot treatment targeting sun damage as well as tone and texture. With Total FX, we are able to achieve maximum results in collagen production and skin smoothing and brightening in one single treatment.
Fraxel Re:pair ™ (or Fraxel repair) is a revolutionary and effective procedure in the
treatment of wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, sun-induced redness, scars and irregularities of the skin, normally in only one treatment. The recovery time associated with Fraxel Re:pair ™ is significantly less than traditional laser treatments and the procedure has proven more effective than skin treatments used in the past.
According to Solta Medica, the makers of Fraxel Laser, the doctors at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego have performed more Fraxel Re:pair procedures than any other practice worldwide!
Fraxel Re:store Dual
Fraxel Re:store Dual is a non-ablative erbium fractional laser, and literally two lasers in one. It requires multiple treatments, but each with less downtime than the Fraxel Repair CO2. The Fraxel Restore Dual is excellent for improving brown spots and brown pigment in the skin, fine lines, scars and skin texture. We are proud that our doctors have performed more Fraxel Restore Dual procedures than any other practice worldwide, and our doctors were involved in its development.
This procedure is much less invasive than other methods used to improve the appearance of your face. Recovery is easier with little to no downtime. Its benefits include:
- Smoother and fresher looking skin
- Improved tone and texture
- Fewer wrinkles around the eyes
- Reduced appearance of acne and surgical scars
Clear + Brilliant
The Clear + Brilliant laser resurfacing treatment is unique in that it is both effective and gentle in treating a variety of skin conditions including unwanted pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, and pores. While it is a fractional laser, it is much less invasive than traditional fractional resurfacing treatments. The Clear + Brilliant laser leaves the skin smooth, glowing, and undamaged, with patients being able to return to their normal daily activities after the treatment. One of the main benefits of the Clear + Brilliant treatment is that it is safe for darker skin tones! Visit clearandbrilliant.com to learn more about what this laser can do for you.
What to Expect
The very first step of a fractional resurfacing procedure will be to thoroughly clean your skin to ensure all oils are removed. After that, an antibiotic is applied to ensure any bacteria that may be on your skin (all skin has some bacteria) is removed. The next step will involve the use of the laser; short high-intensity light emissions are used to remove layers of wrinkled/damaged skin. This is done by passing a beam of light over the skin to vaporize the outer most layers that are damaged or wrinkled.
Recovery After Treatment
You may experience swelling and mild discomfort, but this is normal. We can reduce the swelling by applying a cold pack directly to the treated area. In some instances, a bandage may be used in order to protect the treated skin and keep it dry.
Use of professional skincare daily will support the skin’s healing process and maintain optimal health so you can enjoy your results for as long as possible. With a wide range of top medical-grade products available in our office, you can design a personalized treatment program that meets your needs beautifully.
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In addition to laser resurfacing, we offer a full complement of age-reversing treatments including microdermabrasion and chemical peels to help restore your skin’s radiance. Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.
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