Fractional Resurfacing: Bringing Your Natural Glow to the Surface
Fractional resurfacing utilizes focused energy from a CO2 laser or EndyMed 3DEEP radio frequency applicator to rejuvenate the skin. These devices are used to inflict controlled wounds on the skin which prompt natural healing and the creation of new cells which results in new, fresh skin. Recovery times typically depend on the type of resurfacing selected as well as specific health factors such as your body’s ability to scar and rebuild tissue. Commonly treated areas include: hyper-pigmentation, lip lines, crow’s feet, facial wrinkles, sagging skin and acne scarring.
The basic process of Fractional Resurfacing is to remove the top layer of damaged skin in order to enable healthier skin to grow in its place. Dr. Zimmet has two different methods of performing this process: one using a highly focused laser, the other using radio frequency waves (sometimes referred to as RF waves).
Dr. Zimmet uses the CO2 laser for fractionated ablative skin resurfacing, which offers greater reduction in aging, skin tightening and scars than non-ablative techniques. However, it also requires more recovery time than non-ablative methods.
For less severe cases, Dr. Zimmet employs the EndyMed 3DEEP™ fractional resurfacing method. The applicator’s RF waves transmit energy pulses beneath the skin’s surface, heating the layer of cells responsible for new skin growth and collagen production. Since fractional resurfacing with RF does not harm the skin’s outer layer, the skin is able to heal faster than skin treated with Co2 laser. Patient benefits of fractional RF resurfacing also include quicker treatment times and less downtime.
Fractional surfacing, whether it is done with a CO2 laser or an EndyMed3DEEP radio frequency applicator, replaces aging or damaged skin with new, healthy skin cells. The recovery time required varies from patient to patient and depends on the method of resurfacing used. In the weeks following treatment, patients notice tighter, smoother skin and a reduction in fine lines, wrinkling and skin discoloration. For optimal results with the RF method, we typically recommend a series of three fractional RF resurfacing sessions spaced over a period of six months.
Many of the problems associated with aging skin can be treated through fractional resurfacing. Some of the more common reasons why patients choose fractional resurfacing include:
- Sun damage and pigmentation of face, neck and chest
- Vertical lip lines
- Lower eyelid lines
- Crows feet
- Facial wrinkles
- Skin sagging
- Acne scarring
If you’re just starting to notice fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration, acne scarring or minimal skin sagging, you may be a good candidate for fractional resurfacing using RF.
Fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser may be a better choice for older patients with deeply etched wrinkles, irregular pigmentation or moderate to heavy skin sagging. Since every patient is different, Dr. Zimmet will assess your skin to determine which fractional resurfacing technology — RF or CO2 Laser — is best for your skin type.