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What Is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

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Fractional laser resurfacing is a non-invasive skin treatment that distinguishes itself from other skin treatments with the use of microscopic laser columns that target only the precise fraction of your skin that needs to be treated, therefore allowing your skin to heal more rapidly[1].

History of Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fractional laser resurfacing was introduced into the market in the year 2003 by Reliant Technologies, the company that created Fraxel SR, a device that device that is used in fractional laser resurfacing[2]. As mentioned earlier, what made this technology of laser resurfacing different from other types of laser treatments available at that time was that the device used employed an object lens and adjustable beam that focuses on a specific depth of the skin that needs treatment only[3].

Because of the minimal side effects and faster healing that fractional laser resurfacing with the use of Fraxel SR offered, the use of this new technology quickly picked up all over the world, and its use has extended not only to the treatment of facial imperfections, but to the treatment of stretch marks, scars and photodamage in other parts of the body as well.

How Fractional Laser Resurfacing Works

Fractional laser resurfacing treatments employ the use of microscopic lasers that go deep inside the sub-layers of the skin called the dermis. The dermis is made up of collagen and elastin proteins, which are responsible for making the skin look tighter, and thus more youthful. Skin damaged by sun or aging is caused by these proteins breaking apart.

Fractional laser resurfacing treatments create microscopic wounds within the dermis in order to prompt your skin to heal itself and therefore rebuild these proteins. Because fractional laser resurfacing only treats a “fraction” of your skin, the time needed for your skin to heal itself is substantially faster as compared to other skin treatments[4]. The average healing time for skin treated with fractional laser resurfacing is four to five days[5].

 

Resources

[1]“Fraxel Skin Science.” Laser Skin Resurfacing – Laser Skin Treatment With Fraxel. Fraxel. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://www.fraxel.com/Fraxel-Laser-Technology/>.

[2]MacReady, Nora. “Focus on Fractional Laser Resurfacing.” Medscape Education. Medscape, 30 June 2008. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/576791>.

[3]MacReady, Nora. “Focus on Fractional Laser Resurfacing.” Medscape Education. Medscape, 30 June 2008. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/576791>.

[4]“Fraxel Skin Science.” Laser Skin Resurfacing – Laser Skin Treatment With Fraxel. Fraxel. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://www.fraxel.com/Fraxel-Laser-Technology/>.

[5]MacReady, Nora. “Focus on Fractional Laser Resurfacing.” Medscape Education. Medscape, 30 June 2008. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/576791>.

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