Laser Skin Resurfacing

What is laser skin resurfacing and what conditions does it treat?

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Laser Skin Resurfacing uses a specific wavelength of laser energy to induce a controlled skin injury, which selectively ablates or removes the outer most layers of the skin, specifically the epidermis and variable portions of the dermis, depending on the depth of treatment.  Associated dermal heating results in collagen shrinkage and collagen remodeling.  This dermal tightening and the associated formation of new cells in the healing process diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and improves overall skin texture, leading to smoother, softer skin and a more youthful appearance.  Conditions such as wrinkles, laxity, age spots, sun weathered skin or “photoaging”, brown spots, scars and acne scars are the most common indications for laser skin resurfacing.

What is a MicroLaserPeel and why is it considered an improved method of laser skin resurfacing?

The proven benefits of Laser resurfacing for the treatment of skin conditions associated with aging and sun damage are now better than ever with the Sciton Erbium laser’s delivery of precise depth skin resurfacing - the “MicroLaserPeel”.  An intra-epidermal laser treatment that precisely ablates (evaporates) to a predetermined depth, the outermost layers of the skin, the MicroLaserPeel removes fine lines and sun damage, tightens pores and restores a healthy, smooth texture.  Because the resurfacing depth and number of treatments can be individually tailored to the skin condition being treated, downtime available, and desired endpoint, the MLP offers a safe, more comfortable treatment with consistent results.

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What is ‘fractional’ laser skin resurfacing and what advantage does it have over deep ablative treatments?

Erbium Fractional Laser Resurfacing with Sciton’s "Profractional" is the solution for achieving excellent deep resurfacing results, safely and with minimal downtime.  Unlike deep full field resurfacing, which removes the entire surface area of a treatment site, ProFractional creates clean, narrow-diameter, micro-ablated channels in the skin, to a chosen depth and covering a ‘fraction’ of the total treatment area.  This action activates fibroblast production and initiates the body’s wound healing response, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact for rapid healing due to the presence of stem cells and melanocytes in the deep tissue surrounding each channel.  The benefits of ProFractional include increased patient comfort, shorter healing times, and tunable results that can range from subtle to dramatic.  “ProFractional” Laser Resurfacing effectively treats a wide variety of conditions, results in increased skin tension and firmness, and is the treatment of choice for acne scars, deep wrinkles and vertical "smoker's" lines around the mouth.

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Can ablative and fractional laser skin resurfacing be combined for better results with multiple conditions?

Combining MicroLaserPeel and Profractional resurfacing offers the best of both worlds -incredible results and minimal downtime!  Treatment starts with a full field MicroLaserPeel to remove superficial irregularities, followed by ProFractional, fractional ablation that reaches deep into the skin layers to break down scar tissue and stimulate collagen remodeling. In combination, these technologies are the safest and most effective procedures for improving acne scars, deep wrinkles, "smoker's lines", pore size and sun damage. All skin types can be treated with consistent results.

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