Lasers are an ever growing and changing technology using beams of energy to target unwanted skin conditions. Fractional Ablative and Fractional Non-Ablative resurfacing produces finite columns of treated areas in a gridlike fashion, leaving small islands of normal skin intact to shorten healing time and decrease the risk of pigmentation problems.
- Reverse Premature photodamage and aging
- Stimulate and tighten new collagen production
- Improves texture, pore size, scars, and stretch marks
Ablative lasers are meant to target deeper wrinkles,discoloration and photodamage. Fractionated non-ablative lasers typically produce results with one session with downtime of approximately 7-10 days.
Non-Ablative lasers treat pore size, fine lines, discoloration, scars, as well as stretch marks. Treatment typically requires 3-5 sessions, but downtime is very limited, with only a few days of mild swelling, and a dry, sandpaper like sensation to the skin. Typically makeup can even be worn to cover this.
Fractional laser treatments are one of the Derm Institute’s specialties. There is no cookie-cutter approach–It is important to take into account skin color and ethnic background to achieve the optimal result. Below is a quickie “Cliff’s Notes” guide on lasers.
- There is no magic single laser that treats everything, pigment, lines, scars, etc are all different targets that sometimes require different lasers. But Fractionated Non-Ablative Lasers comes close to targeting almost all these concerns to smooth and clear the skin.
- Fraxel, Artisan, Pearl, Mixto, etc are all name brands utilizing the same type of non-ablative fractional resurfacing technology with slight variations based on provider preference.
- These treatments typically require a few sessions but have minimal downtime of approximately 3-7 days.
- The Derm Institute recommends strictly following aftercare instructions, including the application of sunscreen or a healing ointment such as Biafine or Aquaphor to reduce downtime.
- IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is not technically a laser, but an intensified light source made to target pigment and blood vessels. Downtime is extremely minimal and great results can be achieved in 1-2 sessions.
. . . Shared by the TDI team