What is it?
Fractional skin resurfacing offers some of the most profound wrinkle reduction results available without having a complete face lift. Skin Resurfacing is also the perfect choice for the treatment of acne and surgical scars, melasma, striae (stretch marks), unwanted textural irregularities, crow’s feet, blotchy skin and more, on virtually any trouble spot on the body – face, neck, chest, arms, legs.
How does it work?
Using a high technology laser, multiple tiny beams of light are concentrated on the areas of concern. These beams penetrate the skin on a microscopic level. The skin then naturally boosts it’s collagen and elastin production, resulting in smoother and healthier skin.
Non Ablative Skin Resurfacing Before and After
What to expect afterwards?
This procedure is pain free with no down time. Individual results vary, but results can be seen in as little as three to four treatments. Exposure to the sun should be avoided several weeks before and after treatment.
Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing:
Palomar Icon Laser Non-Ablative skin resurfacing, deliver heat into the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones. The treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells and deposits heat deep into the dermis to tighten skin and stimulate collagen remodeling. The surrounding tissue is unaffected, the fractional approach allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area treated. Healthy tighter skin grows to replace wrinkled skin. This approach lessens the recovery period and reduces the number of complications that can occur. This treatment effectively treats epidermal pigmentation, photo-aging, melisma, rhytides, atrophic surgical scars, and acne-related scarring and additional textural imperfections.
The Lux 1540 is an excellent treatment option for surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks. Since the laser induces the production of new collagen, it can be used to plump the skin and resurface depressed scars. The Lux 1540 works best for shallower acne scars, such as rolling scars. It works by heating the deeper layers of the skin in order to promote the growth of new collagen in the dermis. With deeper acne scars, ablative fractionated laser resurfacing may be a better option. In February 2010, the Palomar StarLux1540 non-ablative fractional laser hand piece received the first clearance by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of stretch marks using a fractional laser.
Dr. Guillot, numbs the skin to make you more comfortable. The skin is first cleansed to prepare it for treatment. During treatment, the laser hand piece is applied directly to the skin. The hand piece uses a strong built-in cooling technology to protect the outer skin and minimize any discomfort. Next, the laser head is passed over the treatment area in a series of horizontal and vertical overlapping passes. In some cases patients experience a mild prickling or burning sensation during the process, a cooling mechanism will be applied during treatment. The procedure typically takes thirty minutes or less depending on the area being treated. Typically a series of six treatments, two to four weeks apart is need to archive desired results.
During the first 24 hours after treatment, the skin may feel mildly sunburned, sensitive, and somewhat swollen. Since the treatments are non-ablative and the skin surface is intact, there is no oozing from the skin. Over the next few days, the skin may appear slightly bronzed, which can be easily covered with makeup. There may be some flaking as well, which can be improved by using a moisturizer.
Non-ablative Lasers are best at improving epidermal pigmentation, photo-aging, melisma, rhytides, atrophic, surgical, and acne-related scarring and additional textural imperfections.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing is the best choice for patients who:
- Are relatively young (between 25 and 65 years of age)
- Have mild to moderate signs of aging (with minimal skin sagging)
- Are willing to undergo multiple treatments before seeing results
Can’t afford to take time off from work Patients should avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process and during the first 3 months after treatment. Application of sunscreen is also recommended.