Things to Know about Fractional Laser Treatmentsby Kevin Smith Author
One of the best ways to rejuvenate your skin and erase signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, and irregular pigmentation is with laser skin resurfacing in San Diego, CA. This is typically done with what's called a fractional laser. If you're considering having this treatment done, here's what you need to know about the procedure.
Bridging Ablative and Non-Ablative Lasers
If you've looked into laser skin treatments much, you've probably noticed that there are two main types of lasers that are talked about: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers work mainly on blemishes on the surface of the skin, while non-ablative lasers work more in the middle layer of skin. Fractional lasers are now used to bridge the gap between these types of lasers so that the outer and middle layers of skin can both be treated.
How Fractional Lasers Work
As mentioned, fractional lasers work by targeting both the outer and middle layers of skin (epidermis and dermis). The laser beam is divided into numerous, tiny treatment zones that go deep into the skin. These zones, which are similar to pixels on a photograph, penetrate the skin. These are called microthermal treatment zones (MTZs). In each MTZ the old cells are destroyed, encouraging the skin to create new collagen and skin cells. Only the area being treated is affected while healthy, normal skin surrounding the area is left untouched. This allows the wounded areas to heal more quickly. Thousands of MTZs are created for every square centimeter targeted.
Treatment and Recovery Time
If your whole face is being treated you should plan on the procedure taking about a half hour. Following the procedure you'll have swelling and redness similar to a sunburn, which should go away in a few days. You should be able to go back to your regular activities in two or three days, but be sure to avoid direct sunlight right after the treatment.
Fractional laser skin resurfacing in San Diego, CA, can successful lighten or remove dark spots, fine lines, and dull skin. Most people can see a difference in their skin with less blotchiness and lines as soon as a week after the first treatment. However, improvement generally continues over the next couple months as more collagen develops. Most people need four or five treatments, spaced a month apart, for complete replacement of damaged tissue and healing.
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