Fractional Laser Treatment
Cosmetic Procedures - Body
The growing market for cosmetic procedures demands safe and effective therapy with little or no downtime. Modern lasers offer more wavelengths, greater specificity and precision, a lower risk of complications and quicker recovery. Traditional laser resurfacing introduced epidermal removal with an oozing, weeping surface for several days. Fractional ablative laser, however, targets microscopic segments for the skin like tiny wounds with varying penetration depths, leaving uninjured surrounding skin to facilitate rapid wound healing.
The traditional laser resurfacing removes the epidermis (top layer of skin) with its scars, wrinkles and sun damage, to reveal fresh, new and undamaged skin. The fractional laser produces tiny beams of light, which penetrate the skin, leaving thermal channels going deep down into the skin. A healing reaction stimulates the growth of new collagen several weeks later. The skin is plumper and the wrinkles fade significantly.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt? How long will I need off work?
fractional laser resurfacing only 2-3 days are required off work, mainly because of very mild swelling and redness. Later it is possible to use makeup for a few days to cover the very tiny dots (less than 0.5mm-2mm apart) from the laser penetration.
The procedure usually requires some numbing cream to be applied one hour prior to the treatment. Post operatively, patients report some discomfort only during the first day following the procedure.
Which laser can achieve the best results?
The traditional CO2 Laser resurfacing is the gold standard with the best results. Fractional laser resurfacing can only achieve partial improvement, never as good as with CO2 traditional resurfacing.
How many treatments will it take?
You will get an improvement with one procedure, however usually you will need 3-6 sessions once every 1-2-3 months to achieve the best result.
What does the skin look like after the procedure?
In the days following treatment, healing reaction stimulates the growth of new collagen. Redness diminishes significantly in 2 days and the epidermis flakes away in the following 5-10 days, revealing fresher looking skin.
Who is performing the laser procedure?
Andrew Roberts has been practicing dermatology and performing laser surgery for over 25 years. He has the fourth generation lasers in his practice. He has great experience in laser therapy. Each patient is under the personal care of Dr. Roberts.
Why should I have fractional laser resurfacing instead of traditional laser resurfacing or other lasers?
There are three categories of lasers: ablative, minimally ablative and non-ablative.
Ablative Lasers: Like CO2, Erbium can give you the best results for wrinkles, scars and skin rejuvenation. The single pass of energy causes epidermal damage, vaporises a thin layer of skin and leaves a layer of coagulated cells. The skin oozes for a few days and later redness lasts for a few weeks. When the healing process is complete, the skin is smoother and tighter due to shrinkage of dermal collagen. These lasers have been considered the gold standard for skin rejuvenation, and usually only one treatment is required.
Minimally Ablative Lasers:
Like Fraxal, fractional CO2, fractional erbium and Pixel, minimal epidermal damage is delivered to the tissue in “columns” rather than in layers. A pattern of tiny thermal “columns” (wounds) is created without damaging the tissue surrounding each wound. This uninjured tissue acts as a reservoir to accelerate wound healing, which is more rapid due to short migration and undamaged cell populations. The final result depends on the shape, depth and pattern of the “columns” and on the number of passes. During the recovery period there is no oozing, only mild redness, very slight oedema for 2-3 days and scaling/flakiness for an additional 5-10 days.
However approximately 3-6 sessions are needed,
1-2-3 months apart to achieve a good result.
Such as IPL, Nd:YAG, Copper, etc, also improve the appearance of skin, but without epidermal damage. Efficacy relies on selective absorption of light by specific target structures of the skin like pigment, water and haemoglobin. Therapeutic response depends on wavelength, fluence, pulse duration and pulse repeat. Non-ablative techniques offer less downtime and they are often the first choice for skin rejuvenation, skin laxity, broken capillaries, pigmentation spots, skin blemishes and sun damaged skin.
Afterwards redness of the area can occur and fade over a few hours. Sometimes very superficial scabbing can be seen for a few days, however makeup can be applied to disguise this.
What are the possible complications?
With minimally ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers, the possible complications like scarring or white pigmentation patches are very uncommon.
How much does it cost?
depends on what is involved in your treatment and what area or areas you need to be treated. The cost depends on many factors including the size of the area, the type of analgesia used and the number of laser pulses used. The following costs include anaesthesia, the cost of the laser, surgeon fees and post-operative check-up visits.
For minimally ablative CO2 laser, the approximate costs are between $350 to $1200.
Before & After
Dr Roberts’ extended experience in both the dermatological and surgical specialties has enabled him to develop a holistic approach in the cosmetic and beauty industry. His practice is focused on achieving natural looking beauty by the application of both surgical and non-surgical skills.