Ablative Fractional resurfacing is a treatment for fine and deep wrinkles, scar revision and superficial skin lesions. Primarily used for the correction of moderate to deep wrinkles, this laser delivers microfractional columns of laser light to the top layers of the skin. When compared to traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, this laser produced similar results with much less downtime and produced impressive changes in skin texture, removal of wrinkles, dark (sun) spots, and abnormal skin coloration.
This treatment works by creating thousands of microscopic areas where the top layer of the skin is ablated (removed). Much like aerating the lawn on a golf course, these tiny areas of damage are surrounded by untreated skin, which allows for very fast recovery times. Traditional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing can take three weeks on average to heal and present the risk of persistent redness, lines of demarcation between treated and untreated areas and a higher risk of scarring. Ablative fractional resurfacing with the Lux2940 produces essentially the same result with an average of 4-6 days of downtime and the use of local anesthesia only. Areas that can be treated include the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, specific scars and certain types of benign skin lesions.
We are proud to feature the newest innovation in Ablative Fractional Resurfacing, Palomar's Groove™ Optic Handpiece. This handpiece works by dividing the laser beam into parallel lines. Multiple passes are made at 45 degree angles to create a uniform pattern on the skin. Studies have shown that this type of pattern gives better results with faster recovery and increased safety.
Usually, only one treatment is needed. You may prepare for the treatment by avoiding the sun, wearing sunscreen and following the pre-treatment skin care regimen prescribed by your doctor. You will be prescribed medication to prevent an outbreak of cold sores and an antibiotic to prevent infection starting a day before your treatment. The treatment will take about 45 minutes, but you will be prepared with a topical numbing cream and possibly something to take to relax you before the treatment. Treatment is not painful and the topical numbing cream is all that is needed.
Since this is an ablative laser, you will experience redness, swelling and possibly itching after the procedure. This is normal and is the expected result. You will care for your healing skin following specific instructions prepared for you by our staff. Your skin will be healed in 5-6 days and you can go back to wearing makeup and to work or play. You may experience pinkness in the treated areas that may last for several weeks, but that will fade quickly. You will complete the medications prescribed by your doctor and begin a skin care regimen that will help you achieve and maintain the best results.
This powerful laser is quite amazing in that similar results to traditional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, overall improvement in the skin is 50-75%. Areas improved include wrinkles, skin texture, skin discoloration and sun spots. You may expect a 50-75% improvement in the appearance of these conditions. After several years, you will still have improvement in these areas. Results typically last years and can be maintained with a professional skin care regimen.
Fractional resurfacing is safe. Through extensive research and development, fractional resurfacing was designed to avoid the side effects associated with traditional laser resurfacing. Having achieved this goal, fractional laser technology has fast taken over the laser resurfacing industry with excellent results. Palomar is the leader in fractional resurfacing technology and has proved itself once again with the Lux2940 Fractional Laser.
The Lux2940 Fractional Laser allows your doctor to select several parameters for treatment to carefully control the amount of downtime and result associated with the procedure. For example, one setting allows a very fast treatment time and recovery time while achieving a great result. Another setting increases the heat created around the tiny laser columns. This produces a better result, but carries a few extra days of downtime in exchange. There is a unique dual pulse blend mode for the ultimate in flexibility.
With the Starlux 500 Laser and Pulsed Light Platform, fractional resurfacing treatments may be combined with other treatments such as the LuxDeepIR Surgical Free Skin Tightening and the Lux G PhotoFacial Rejuvenation for the smooth, young looking skin you deserve.