FRACTIONAL SKIN RESURFACING SALT LAKE CITY
Fractional Skin Rejuvenation
Skin changes are one of the predominant indicators of facial aging. Fractional laser rejuvenation has become the most popular method of improving facial skin by removing some of the hallmarks of facial ageing i.e deep lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, sun spots as well as acne and other facial scars.
It is only by using a variety of different lasers, that the best results may be obtained. We use a variety of lasers in our practice, allowing us to give these amazing results.
These lasers include:
- Accent Radiofrequency – Minimal downtime to give a firming of tissues of the face, neck and jawline
- Fraxel Repair™ – Fractional CO2 Laser (Gold standard in Fractional Skin Resurfacing, 5-10 days down time. Excellent for deep acne scars and wrinkle reduction)
- ALMA CO2 DOT– Fractional CO2 Laser for upper and lower eyelid skin tightening and treatment of scars
- Alma Harmony Pixel™ – Fractional Erbium Yag Laser
- Lumenis UltraPulse™ – Gold Standard in Scar Reduction in the world
- Genesis – Long pulse Nd-YAG laser for deeper tissue tightening
- Syneron eTwo™ – Sublative Fractional Radiowave & Infrared Skin Tightening. (Less downtime, safe for darker skin patients)
- Iridex 532 nm – for superficial tissue heating and vascular closure
- Varilite 940 nm – for deep tissue heating and vascular closure
The use of Laser Skin Resurfacing technology enables greater control in the depth of skin rejuvenation compared to any other forms of skin resurfacing (deep peels and dermabrasions etc).
So Which Laser Treatment Do I Need?
There are so many laser treatments available today that it is almost impossible for an average person to really get their head around it. Lets us simplify things for you in plane language so you have a basic idea. When it comes to skin resurfacing lasers & light platforms, there are 2 basic type of treatments:
- Fractional Skin Resurfacing
- Full Field Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Skin Resurfacing – As the name suggests, a fraction of skin in the target area is treated, separated by small untreated islands of intact skin. This allows deeper penetration of skin by the laser beam, allowing rapid wound healing and is associated with less risk of skin burns. An ideal treatment for deep scars, loose skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
Full Field Skin Resurfacing – As the name suggests, the entire layer of skin in the target area is treated. Full field skin resurfacing is like a deep chemical peel. There are no small areas of intact skin left in the treatment zone. Hence this procedure is associated with better coverage of the treated area but comes with a higher risk of skin burns, prolonged down time and risk of pigmentary changes if patient selection is not optimum.
Full field skin resurfacing is now a lot less popular than fractional skin resurfacing. However, it remains the treatment of choice for smokers lines (Lines around lips) and eyelid skin tightening.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Fractional Skin Lasers?
There are 2 basic types of Fractionated Skin Lasers:
Ablative Lasers – The word “ablate” in dictionary: ablation |əˈbleɪʃ(ə)n| noun
1 the surgical removal of body tissue.
2 the removal of snow and ice from a glacier or iceberg by melting or evaporation.
Ablative Lasers target and evaporate areas of skin by inducing thermal injury zones. These lasers are very powerful and routinely used in surgery to cut tissue as well. Results are powerful and often dramatic. These devices can only be used by qualified medical personnel. There are 2 most common types of Ablative Skin Lasers:
-Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Lasers – Examples are Fraxel Repair™, Deka DOT™
-Erbium Yag/ Erbium Glass Lasers – Examples are Alma Harmony Pixel™
- Stretch Marks
- Facial Lines and Wrinkles
- Sun Damaged Skin
Non Ablative Lasers – As the name suggests, these lasers do not remove or evaporate any skin tissue. Instead, they simply create thermal injury or heat zones in the targeted area to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the skin tissue in that area. These lasers are gentle, have fewer associated risks and can be used by non medical personnel such as dermal therapists in most States & Territories. Examples are Emerge™ Laser and Clear+Brilliant™ Laser.
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Enlarged Pores
Which Skin Treatment Is Right For Me?
This depends upon:
- Your skin type
- Extent of sun damage
- Budget &
- Social downtime limitations
Patients with darker skin types can not be exposed to high energy laser treatments or deep chemical peels due to the risk of burning and darkening of skin pigment.
Similarly, patients who are unable to have red, swollen skin for a few days after a strong laser can not be treated with high energy, deep penetrating treatments.
At the time of your initial consultation, we will be able to advise you about the best treatment option for you based upon the factors mentioned above.
How Many Treatment Sessions Would I Need?
This depends upon the type of treatment chosen for you by your clinician. Some high energy, deep penetrating treatments may fix the problem in as little as one session. For less invasive and gentle treatments, multiple sessions (3 to 5) are usually required.
Are The Treatments Painful?
Most patients find Laser or IPL treatments somewhat uncomfortable but not intolerably painful. We make sure our patients are able to have treatments as painlessly as possible. To achieve this, we utilise:
-Topical numbing creams
-Local anesthetic injections are used when necessary
Can I Go Out In the Sun Afterward?
UV radiations from excessive sun exposure is the reason why you have the freckles and sun damaged skin. It is critical to avoid direct sun exposure after any skin treatment for first few days and use sun protective clothing, headgear and sun screens to prevent future sun damage.
Dr BCK Patel MD, FRCS
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