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Fractional laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging. It can also provide great results if you are dealing with acne scars and other skin irregularities. Fractional laser technology works by creating tiny columns of light which heat up the deeper layers of skin in targeted areas. The heat caused by the laser stimulates collagen production in the dermis (the layer beneath the epidermis).
This helps to promote new, healthy skin cell growth and repair existing damage.
The fractional laser treatment process will vary from patient to patient but usually involves several sessions over a few weeks or months. During each session, a technician will apply a topical anesthetic before using the fractional laser device on the designated area. Afterward, patients may experience some redness and swelling but this typically subsides after a few days.
Fractional laser resurfacing can be used to treat wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and scars from acne or surgery. While fractional lasers are not as powerful as traditional CO2 lasers, they are an effective treatment for mild-to-moderate skin imperfections. Additionally, fractional laser treatments are usually much less expensive than traditional CO2 laser treatments.
The results of fractional laser resurfacing vary depending on the individual’s skin type and condition. Generally speaking, most people will see some improvement within the first few weeks after their initial session with more dramatic results appearing over the following months. Fractional laser treatments are safe and relatively painless, making them a popular choice for those seeking to improve their skin’s appearance.
If you’re considering fractional laser resurfacing to address cosmetic concerns, be sure to consult with a qualified doctor who can provide more information about the treatment and its potential risks. With proper care and follow-up, fractional laser resurfacing can produce excellent long-term results that will help you look and feel your best.
While fractional laser treatments are generally safe and effective, it’s important to properly follow aftercare instructions to help ensure optimal results. Here’s what you need to know about aftercare for fractional laser resurfacing treatments:
1. Sun Protection - After fractional laser treatment, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at all times when outdoors. Also limit direct exposure to UV rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing when in direct sunlight.
2. Cleanse and Moisturize - Gently clean your skin twice a day with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser. Avoid using any harsh scrubs or exfoliants that can irritate the area. Afterwards, apply a gentle moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and protected from further irritation.
3. Reduce Swelling - To help reduce swelling and discomfort, you can apply ice packs for 10 minutes at a time every hour as needed.
4. Avoid Certain Products and Activities - After laser treatment, it’s important to avoid picking at scabs or peeling off flaking skin—allow them to fall off naturally over time. Additionally, don’t use alcohol-based products or fragrances on the skin, and avoid any activities that cause excessive sweating or rubbing of the treated area.
5. Follow Up Care - Schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor after treatment to monitor your progress and discuss any issues you may have experienced during recovery.
By following these simple tips for proper aftercare, you can help ensure optimal results from fractional laser resurfacing treatments. Remember to always consult with your doctor before beginning any new skin care regimen to ensure it’s right for you.
Are you ready to see what fractional laser resurfacing can do for you? Reach out to the experienced, professional laser cosmetic team at UELC today to see whether this exciting treatment is right for you. UELC offers a wide variety of procedures and treatments that will leave you looking and feeling your best. Why not boost your confidence and brighten your skin with one of our many non-surgical skin rejuvenation options? Come see us at one of our locations in Brampton, Concord, and Scarborough.