Fractional lasers are used in laser skin resurfacing, and treatment with a fractional laser may improve skin elasticity and texture, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, melasma and other dyschromias (skin discolorations). Unlike other laser skin resurfacing, fractional lasers only target small areas, leaving surrounding areas untouched (hence the name). This can result in a faster, easier recovery.
Types of Fractional Laser Therapy
There are numerous types of fractional lasers. They vary in many parameters including power, depth of treatment, percentage of skin treated, application of the laser, cost to purchase, speed, disposables and, consequently, results.
Popular lasers for Fractional Therapy
- Fraxel Restore
- Fraxel Repair
- ProFractional laser
- Active FX
- Deep FX
- MiXto laser
- SmartXide DOT therapy
- Pearl fractional laser
Although all of the lasers listed above are fractional lasers, each device can be very different, so don't get too caught up in the brand names. Consult your doctor to determine which laser best meets your needs and will provide the best outcome for you. Don't have a doctor? Find one in the RealSelf find a doctor directory.