PicoSure Laser Treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of skin issues, including freckles and brown pigmentation, acne scars, and wrinkling. The use of lasers in cosmetic medicine, especially in laser-assisted dermabrassion isn’t new. They’ve quickly gained recognition for their effectiveness but until 2004 were also known for being quite painful and requiring a long recovery. The introduction of Fraxel laser, the first fractional laser, in 2004 changed that, as Fraxel laser – the gentlest cosmetic laser to date – addressed the question how to get blemish-free skin with NO downtime.
All skin resurfacing treatments work on the same principle: they inflict controlled damage to the skin which stimulates its natural healing mechanism and causes it to re-grow healthy and unblemished.
Older lasers utilized one solid laser beam which caused planned but nevertheless severe skin damage. Fraxel laser pioneered the use of many microscopic laser beams instead of a single, solid one. In lay terms: the solid beam laser gave the patient a feeling of being hit by a truck while a fractional laser is like being stung by a few bees. (Obviously the impact on the patient’s body is very different and so is the recovery time). The revelation is that the results produced by a solid laser and a fractional laser are compatible; the main difference being less pain for the patient, faster recovery and in the case of Fraxel laser, in particular: NO downtime at all.
Fraxel laser is non-ablative but after several treatments produces benefits equal to those of ablative lasers without the risks, pain, and recovery time.
Here is what you need to know to appreciate the difference: full ablative lasers vaporize the top layer of skin – basically, destroy it – to stimulate the production of new, healthy skin.
The resulting injury is extensive and the recovery from it is painful and long. Non-ablative lasers – such as Fraxel laser – bypass the top layer of the skin and super-heat its deeper layers which stimulates the skin to increase its collagen and elastin production. There is no massive injury, as a matter fact most of the skin tissue remains undamaged after the treatment, and is therefore able to support the injured skin in faster and much less painful healing. After the treatment the skin’s texture and tone improves and the skin becomes smoother and tauter.
What conditions can be addressed with Fraxel laser? Fraxel laser effectively corrects such problems as port-wine stains, sun damage, wrinkles, brown spots, surgical or chicken pox scars, melasma, stretch marks, and loss of skin’s elasticity due to aging.
What areas can be treated by Fraxel laser? Since this particular laser is very precise it can be used on the face as well as neck, chest, dcolletage and hands.
How soon to expect improvement? The change in the skin’s softness and texture is apparent almost immediately and results improve with time.
How many treatments are necessary for optimal results? Since Fraxel laser is gentler than other types of cosmetic laser, the treatment needs to be repeated 4-6 times (usually few weeks apart) to achieve the best possible outcome.
How does Fraxel laser work? By super-heating deeper layers of the skin it stimulates collagen and elastin production which regenerates the skin and restores its smoothness and elasticity. Unlike ablative lasers which improve the outer layer of the skin only, Fraxel which is non-ablative improves the texture and quality of the skin on a deeper level which produces powerful re-texturing and rejuvenating effect, not limited to the surface of the skin.
If your concern is getting rid of blemishes or scars, by working from the inside out Fraxel laser increases the rate of the skin’s renewal: the blemished skin will gradually peel off and be replaced by a new and blemish-free skin.
If your focus is on rejuvenation: the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin decreases with age causing skin to sag. That’s why eliminating signs of aging isn’t merely a matter of removing wrinkles but ensuring that the skin tissue beneath the skin’s surface is rich in collagen and elastin which give the face youthful fullness and prevent skin from sagging. Fraxel laser is uniquely suited for rejuvenation because by penetrating into deeper levels of skin tissue it stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin which re-texturize the skin from the inside out.
The usual length of a single treatment ranges from 30 to 40 minutes depending on the area being treated.
What to expect after the procedure? Usually, 3-4 days of slight swelling and 1 day of redness followed by a minor skin peeling: if you need to return to work immediately these can be easily camouflaged by makeup.
What are the potential risks of the procedure? When the treatment is performed by an experienced physician the risk of scarring or infection is extremely rare.
Fraxel laser isn’t new; it already has an established track record which proves that Fraxel is as effective as other cosmetic lasers used in skin resurfacing procedures but while consistently achieving desired results, it is safer than many other laser technologies on the market today and by far the gentlest. It presents an excellent option for patients afraid of pain and those who can’t afford to take weeks off from their busy lives to recuperate. In other words, Fraxel Laser is the Gentle Way to Better Skin; it the gentlest cosmetic laser.
Dr. Pejman Bahari is an osteopathic physician and surgeon who practices cosmetic medicine with emphasis on holistic patient care. Dr. Bahari is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Dr. Bahari’s Affinity Cosmetic & Laser Center has been established in 2005. Affinity Cosmetic & Laser Center is located at 20829 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, CA; Phone: (818)887-2787.
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