The first fractional laser was brought into market over a dozen years ago under the trade name FraxelTM. Fractional laser technology quickly has become popular with doctors and patients who are seeking a way to get results similar to that of a resurfacing ablative laser (like the Carbon Dioxide laser) without the downtime, pain or risks.
Fractional laser is an alternative, and although it cannot duplicate full surface laser results, it can provide appreciable improvements with little to no recovery time. In the simplest terms, fractional resurfacing is a system in which microscopic laser beams are introduced into the skin in a specific pattern. Treated skin area per session is typically about 20%. This leaves whole skin around each tiny beam so there is no unpleasant wound healing, no oozing or blistering. Discomfort is minimal and minimized with a topical numbing cream.
Because the fractional laser is much less invasive, the full treatment effect requires several sessions, with acne scars requiring 4 to 6 sessions. Post procedure side effects are similar to those you’d feel from a moderate sunburn with some minor “dust-like” exfoliation after a few days.
Dr. Fitzgerald has a variety of laser and laser-like systems and devices that improve skin texture, color and scarring. To learn about the best-for-you option for skin resurfacing, please call our Los Angeles office at (323) 430-9800 today.
What Is the Fractional Laser Used For?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Vertical lip lines (usually in conjunction with filler and/or BOTOX® Cosmetic)
- Acne scarring
- Surgical and accident scars
- Pigmentation blending
- Melasma reduction
- Skin quality improvement
Where Is Fractional Skin Resurfacing Laser Used?
Skin resurfacing to reverse sun damage, small scars, acne scars and hypopigmented scars (scars which have lost color and look white) are treated with fractional laser. **If you have darker skin tones – For overall facial laser with the least risk of hyperpigmentation for those with genetic predispositon to hyperpigmentation, we recommend the eMatrix fractional RF energy system. In our experience we find it is a preferred alternative for skin types which can express excess pigmentation activity following laser-type treatments. A consultation to discuss your concerns and a determination of skin type helps us select the right treatment choice.
Your Treatment Experience
Treatments with most all fractional Laser begins with topical numbing cream. (If you are only having treatment on a small area, numbing cream is usually not required.) Once the cream has taken effect, you will have protective goggles placed over your eyes. The sensation can be compared to what you might feel if you were to flick your fingernails against your skin along with a feeling of heat.
The laser handpiece is held against the skin, the microscopic beams penetrate the skin, the handpiece is lifted and move to the next section of skin and the process is repeated. The procedure is very quick, surprising most people with the absence of expected discomfort. Treatments are performed by our Laser-Trained Registered Nurse Angela Sarff.
For more information about Fraxel skin resurfacing, please call (323) 430-9800 or complete the form on this page to arrange a consultation with Dr. Fitzgerald. We are pleased to serve patients in and around Beverly Hills, Larchmont, and throughout the Los Angeles area.