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Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing & Lifting Treatment

As the name implies, Fractional Laser Resurfacing involves treating a fraction or portion of the skin surface, leaving the remaining skin area untouched. This treatment has a beneficial impact upon the general texture of the skin. It also tackles skin anomalies such as scars, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, uneven pigmentation, and sunspots. The procedure is convenient for people short of time as it typically takes less than an hour to complete. However, the results take longer to manifest and can be noticed over the next few weeks. Even better, the skin condition continues to improve over periods as long as six months in some cases.

a lady getting a fractional laser treatment

How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?

The (Erbium) Er: YAG operates at a wavelength of 2940nm, which provides optimal water absorption. The fractional laser cleans away dead skin cells, and the formation of new cells that result in a smooth, toned, and youthful-looking complexion.

During the treatment, the treated area is exposed to short, concentrated pulsating beams of light. In the following steps, the laser will work on the irregular or damaged skin surface, removing the skin layers one at a time. As a result, it is also known as a laser peel, laser vaporization, and lasabrasion. You should see an improvement in your skin at about 8 to 10 weeks after the treatment. The results will continue to improve gradually.

Benefits of Laser Resurfacing Treatment for Acne Scars

Fotona offers a laser acne treatment protocol that provides a truly comprehensive solution to the problem of acne. Fotona’s precisely controlled Nd: YAG laser light safely penetrates into skin to effectively target overactive sebaceous glands and reduce the risk of developing new acne inflammation.

In addition, this treatment also offers a complementary laser treatment based on a gentle and precise skin resurfacing procedure to reduce the appearance of acne scars. The ablative Er:YAG laser beams penetrate the top layer of skin, vaporize scar tissue, and stimulate the production of new collagen.

Fast results, Without Side-Effects

Fotona's laser treatment reduces active acne inflammation through photoselective absorption and controlled heating. Using the high power Nd: YAG Laser, excess sebaceous glands are thermally and selectively destroyed to maintain healthy skin.

Apart from its thermal penetration effects, the Nd: YAG acne laser treatment also accelerates the healing process and stimulates collagen remodelling, which is crucial for the long-term management of acne.

Gentle & Effective Acne Scar Revision

Fotona’s Er: YAG laser wavelength is ideal for gentle ablative scar revision for treating problematic acne scars. The Er: YAG laser safely and effectively provides the minimal penetration depth required for light resurfacing of acne-scarred skin, helping to improve skin texture and tone. Unlike chemical peels and dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing allows the penetration depth to be precisely controlled. The laser gently vaporizes micron-thin layers of the acne-scarred surface to reveal healthy, undamaged skin below. In other words, with the fractional laser, we can ablate away the old, worn-out skin and replace it with new, tighter and healthy skin tissue as new skin forms.

Using fractional light can rejuvenate the skin to produce an effect that offers a degree of control and efficacy that allows for highly precise skin sculpting. Treatments can extend from light touch-ups to deep collagen remodelling, ideal for patients who want drastic rejuvenation effects but are not inclined towards aggressive surgical or chemical alternatives. This treatment is suitable for all skin types and tones, with minimal patient downtime.

This ablative laser is commonly used to treat a variety of skin issues, such as wrinkles, warts, scars, and enlarged pores. CO2 fractionated lasers emit light in very short pulses using ultra-pulse modes. With the emitted energy, the skin's thin layers are removed without causing damage to the tissues. Due to the ablative nature of this laser, there is a 40% risk of Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). The laser is best suited to Caucasian skin types rather than asian skin.

  • Erbium Laser Treatment

The Erbium YAG Laser eradicates fine lines and wrinkles on areas such as the face, neck, chest, and hands, as well as surface-level irregularities. The Erbium laser has the advantage of causing minimal damage to the skin tissues adjacent to the treatment zones. As a result, laser resurfacing therapy results in faster recovery times. Although recovery times for this ablative laser treatment can vary from person to person, patients can expect to see results within a week. This treatment has a lower risk of Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) as compared to CO2 laser. 

  • Picosecond Nd: YAG or Alexandrite Laser

Of late, these replace the long-pulsed ND YAG lasers used predominantly for non-ablative laser treatments. Pico lasers in 532nm, 755 and 1064 nm wavelengths provide an effective option for non-ablative treatments.  It treats old acne scars by delivering ultra-short pulses of energy.  This device delivers precise energy through the epidermis to the underlying dermis, which is where collagen is produced by fibroblasts. By absorbing this energy, the cells remodel the collagen matrix of the old acne scars. This treatment is suitable for all skin types.

Doctor’s Advice & Recommendation

By combining the ND:YAG and Er:YAG, it delivers a bespoke treatments for skin remodelling, through the synergic utilisation of two types of lasers to treat the dermis and epidermis together. 

The laser procedure is suitable for patients with a variety of skin types, especially if they have mild to moderate skin concerns such as scarring, blemishes, large pores, spots, wrinkles, or fine lines. A thorough examination and consultation by your doctor will allow him or her to advise you on the options available.

Contact our doctors to schedule a consultation so you can learn more about your skin condition and possible laser resurfacing treatments. By choosing the right treatment for your skin concern, you can effectively resolve it.