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Fractional Laser Treatment: How Do They Work and What Do They Do?

As we age, our skin changes in appearance and characteristics. The uppermost layer of our skin, or epidermis, becomes thinner, making age-related or sun-damaged blemishes more visible. The dermis, the middle layer of our skin, begins to lose collagen and results in the development of wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial lines.

To target the epidermis and dermis, fractional lasers are used to bring healthy skin back up to the surface and stimulate collagen production, along with the growth of new skin cells. Therefore, fractional laser treatments can be ablative or non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the uppermost layer of the skin, while non-ablative lasers target the underlying skin tissue

How Fractional Laser Treatments Work

Fractional laser treatment can be used for the treatment of sun damage, facial lines and wrinkles, skin pigmentation, and surgical and acne scarring. While fractional laser treatment works on just about any part of the body and can be used for all skin types, the technique would vary depending on skin type, the area being treated, the patient’s age, and other factors.

Fractional laser devices deliver a laser beam that is divided into thousands of minuscule beams. The laser system’s energy stimulates collagen in the skin, rejuvenating the skin cells in the dermis. Only a portion of the skin is treated at a time to help reduce downtime and to get the best results. This is actually how fractional laser treatments got their name as the laser is applied to only a “fraction” of the skin at any given time.

By allowing the laser to target and treat within a specific zone, the surrounding tissue remains healthy and intact. This allows the treated area, which has essentially been “injured” purposely, to heal faster as it is surrounded by supportive, healthy skin. Therefore, a fractional approach leads to faster healing than if all the tissue was subjected to the laser.

What to Expect From a Fractional Laser Treatment

Because the treatment does come with a certain level of discomfort, an anesthetic cream will be applied to the treatment area. Once the anesthetic has taken full effect, a gliding gel is applied, which will help the laser lay down its spot pattern and act as a contact lubricant. The sensation of the actual treatment is similar to a rubber band snapping on the skin. However, thanks to the numbing cream, the pain will be minimal. Furthermore, a cooling device is typically used to reduce discomfort.

After the treatment, the skin will feel like a mild sunburn. Swelling is normal, but it will typically be gone in 2-3 days. Over the next two weeks, the old skin will darken slightly and peel away to be replaced with new skin. Flaking can be managed with moisturizing cream. During the healing phase, it’s crucial to use a sunscreen with high SPF and avoid direct sun exposure. For best results, a series of treatments is recommended.

At CüR Laser and Skin, we carry the Fotona Dynamis to perform our micro laser peels and non-ablative fractional treatments. Fotona Dynamis offers next-generation laser skin resurfacing. As a complete rejuvenation solution, Dynamis treatments at CüR Laser and Skin range from superficial to deep peels. Because of the technology’s many features and settings, treatments can range from non-ablative to fully ablative.

Beyond skin resurfacing, ask us about how our Fotona Dynamis treatments are also used for acne and acne scar revision, pigmented lesions, and scar revision. Schedule a consultation today.

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