Laser Resurfacing Overview
Dr. Cameron Chesnut explains the laser resurfacing.
Laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes an intense light beam to treat your skin. It’s commonly used to help treat wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, face blemishes, stretch marks, scars, sun damage and hyper-pigmentation.
Ablative vs. non-ablative lasers
All lasers fall into two categories: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers are invasive, like plastic surgery, and remove the top layer of your skin. Your skin surface will appear red after as it repairs itself.
Non-ablative lasers are less invasive, using heat to stimulate cells to thicken the underlying collagen resulting in improved skin tone and elasticity. Since non-ablative lasers do not remove a layer of your skin, there is minimal swelling, redness, and recovery time.
Fractional laser treatments
Fractional lasers are used in a variety of laser skin resurfacing treatments. Popular variations include Fraxel Dual, Fraxel Repair, Active FX, and Deep FX. The notable difference between between fractional laser treatments and other laser skin resurfacing is fractional lasers target very small and specific areas. By doing so, they do not damage surrounding areas. As a result, fractional laser treatments tend to require less recovery.
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