Fractional Laser Rejuvenation
A Great Combination of Safety and Effectiveness
Fractional Laser Rejuvenation is the safe, minimally-invasive approach to repairing aging and sun damaged skin. It combines the precision of laser technology with excellent safety and effectiveness that very few techniques can claim. After your very first Fractional Laser Rejuvenation, you will begin to feel the difference in your skin as it gradually becomes softer, smoother, tighter and fresher. The fine lines around your eyes will noticeably fade. So too will the uneven coloring and the brown spots caused by aging and sun exposure. Not only is Fractional Laser Rejuvenation superior in treating melasma (abnormal facial pigmentation), acne scarring and thick surgical or traumatic scarring, it is showing very good results with stretch marks. This safe treatment for all skin types, provides us with an excellent approach for repairing and rejuvenating skin over the entire body.
Fractional Laser Rejuvenation is ideal for:
- Eliminating unwanted brown spots (melasma or other forms of unwanted pigmentation)
- Smoothing acne scars and surgical scars both on the face and body
- Improving facial and body wrinkles
- Rejuvenating neck, chest and hands
1. What is Fractional Laser Rejuvenation and what does it do?
The Fractional Laser Rejuvenation (FLR) is the newest way to reverse the signs of skin aging. It is the most powerful and effective minimal-down-time anti-aging laser ever developed. This non-surgical procedure smoothes wrinkles and improves scars, brown spots, and stimulates the production of smoother, healthier looking skin with minimal to no down time. Skin tone, color and elasticity also improve. Any area of the body can be treated: face, chest, neck and even hands and arms.
2. How does Fractional Laser Rejuvenation work?
Fractional Laser Rejuvenation produces thousands of tiny columns of treatment in the skin, known as micro-thermal treatment zones. This treatment penetrates deep into the dermis and eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells as well as age or sun damaged components of the skin. However, just as important are the areas of skin the Fractional Laser leaves untouched. For every micro-thermal zone the laser treats, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This partial or “fractional” treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at one time. In addition, it allows the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy tighter tissue to replace skin imperfections.
3. How is it different than other anti-aging treatments and how does it work?
Fractional Laser Rejuvenation is unlike any other rejuvenating skin treatment. Unlike old ablative lasers that remove the top layer of skin, the FLR procedure produces tiny microscopic wounds separated by areas of unaffected, healthy tissue. The spared healthy tissue between treatment zones contains living cells that promote rapid healing of the outer skin layers. At the same time, energy penetrates deep into the dermis to remodel collagen. Thus, FLR results approach the improvements obtained with Erbium laser resurfacing but without the associated side effects or downtime.
4. What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative treatments?
Ablative techniques, such as Erbium laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels regenerate skin with dramatic results, but are associated with significant side effects, risks and prolonged healing and recovery times. Non-ablative techniques such as ST, SmoothBeam or Nd:YAG Facial Laser Rejuvenation, carry fewer risks but require numerous treatments over several months, with results appearing slowly over time. FLR combines the benefits of an ablative procedure with the low risks and minimal to no down time of a non-ablative treatment.
5. How important is the assessment of my skin prior to treatments?
Before treatment you and Dr. Sapijaszko and/or his staff members will discuss which area(s) of your skin is appropriate for treatment, what kind of results you can expect, what to look for after treatment and how often treatment will need to be scheduled. Because Fractional Laser Rejuvenation spares healthy tissue, it is effective even on delicate skin areas such as the neck, chest and hands.
Each Fractional Laser Rejuvenation Treatment targets only a portion of the skin’s surface. Clinical studies suggest that on average an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart. Depending upon your condition and schedule you and Dr. Sapijaszko may choose to space treatment sessions even farther apart. Results are immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months.