Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
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Fractional Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Treatment for damaged surface skin.

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Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive laser therapy involving an intense light beam that treats damaged surface skin. Treatment with a fractional laser can 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.

The Palomar Artisan 2940™ is a sophisticated fractional ablative laser Handpiece for wrinkles and textural irregularities. For deeper lines and wrinkles the Artisan 2940 enables a single-treatment fractional ablative laser. The unique Groove Optic pattern offers high ablative coverage with fast recovery and minimal downtime.

The Artisan 2940™ is the preferred choice for laser wrinkle removal because:

  • One simple treatment with recovery in as little as four days.
  • Deep tone and texture improvement.
  • Minimal risk of complication.
  • Smoother skin without drastic facial changes.

Fractional ablative skin resurfacing vaporizes microcolumns of tissue and removes it from your skin completely, allowing formation of new healthy tissue. A single treatment may provide significant improvement for more pronounced skin conditions.

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Fractional resurfacing is effective on:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles – like crow’s feet and brow lines.
  • Surface scarring – erasing effects of acne and other scarring.
  • Pigmentation – minimizing the appearance of age spots.
  • Sun damage – helping heal dangerous skin damage.

What does a fractional laser do?

A fractional laser splits up laser light energy into an array of up to 470 high-precision microbeams. These tiny light beams create deep, narrow columns in the skin, leaving the epidermis in place and the islands of tissue surrounding the columns unaffected.

The islands of unaffected skin promote a much faster rate of healing with less chance of complications than traditional laser treatments.

Light energy from the fractional laser penetrates deep into the lower skin layer, or dermis. The columns of treated tissue stimulate the body's natural healing response, and cause new, healthy tissue to form in the epidermis and dermis. As a result, you'll have smoother, younger-looking skin with even color and improved texture and tone.

What skin conditions can fractional lasers treat?

Fractional lasers can treat fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the skin's color, texture and tone.

What's the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers?

The difference lies in the laser's effect on the top layer of the skin.

Ablative lasers produce a controlled burning that removes the top layer of the skin, or epidermis, and penetrates deep into the dermis, or lower skin layer.
Non-ablative lasers penetrate into the dermis, yet do not burn the skin or remove the epidermis. Thus, non-ablative treatments have a faster healing time than ablative laser treatments.

How is the fractional ablative laser different from other ablative laser treatments?

The fractional ablative laser preserves portions of healthy tissue surrounding the columns of treated tissue. Because the entire epidermis is not removed, healing occurs much faster than with a traditional CO2 laser treatment.

How are Palomar fractional laser treatments different?

Palomar fractional laser treatments are much less complicated and more comfortable than conventional laser skin resurfacing treatments. Unlike other laser methods, Palomar fractional laser treatments require no blue-tinted guide lotion to be applied to your skin. The Palomar laser also has a unique sapphire cooling tip that cools your skin, eliminating the need for a topical anesthetic and minimizing your discomfort.

Do Palomar fractional laser treatments hurt?

The Palomar laser's sapphire cooling tip cools your skin before, during and after each light pulse, making the treatment much more comfortable. And the fractional laser's tiny columns of light prevent the unnecessary heat accumulation that occurs with traditional laser treatments.

What does a fractional laser treatment feel like?

The sensation most patients describe feeling during a treatment is like having a rubber band snapped lightly on your skin. Some patients say it feels like a sunburn sensation.

How does the laser refine the skin's texture?

A laser treatment can give you a smoother complexion by reducing enlarged pores. The heat that is generated in the deep areas of the dermis, over time, forces collagen to reconfigure itself and tighten up.

What results can you expect from Palomar Fractional Laser treatments?

By making the facial skin color more uniform and taking away some of the sun damage, laser facial treatments can make you look much younger. Think about a baby's skin—it's all one color. As we age, freckles, brown spots, broken capillaries and acne scars can make the skin tone uneven. Laser facial treatments can erase these imperfections, or at least make them blend in more, to even out your skin tone for a more youthful look.

Treatment Type Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Skin Resurfacing Treatments
Treatment Problem or Condition Acne Scarring, Age Spots/Sun Damage, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone, Large Pores, Melasma/Freckles, Scars, Uneven Skin Texture, Wrinkles
Skin Type Aging Skin
Size N/A
Brand Palomar
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