Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular, effective, and proven aesthetic skin care procedures available today. The procedure is designed to restore smoother, tighter and more youthful looking skin to the treated area. When performed by an expert, laser skin resurfacing will bring back the skin’s natural glow and make the patient look and feel rejuvenated.
A number of laser technologies and techniques are employed in cosmetic dermatology to achieve skin resurfacing. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced cosmetic and medical dermatologist providing fractional laser skin resurfacing procedure to patients in Austin, TX and other areas. Fractional technique is designed to treat columns of skin rather than whole areas using an array of precise microbeams. It offers the benefits of reduced downtime and less patient discomfort compared to non-fractional lasers.
Treatment for Aging Skin
Fractional laser resurfacing is designed to deliver non-surgical skin care and rejuvenation for aging skin. Some of the common skin aging signs that can be treated with this procedure include the following:
- Sagging skin
- Wrinkles and fine lines on the face
- Acne scarring
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Vertical lip lines
- Lower eyelid lines
- Sun damage and pigmentation on
Individuals who may be in the initial stage of onset of aging skins, skin discoloration, acne scars and minimal skin sagging may only need fractional resurfacing dermatology treatment using radio frequency (RF) instead of laser.
Fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser may be more appropriate for individuals who reveal more prominent aging signs such as severe wrinkles, poor skin elasticity, and irregular pigmentation. Dr. Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist who will advise the optimal treatment in each case. He receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby locations.
To perform fractional ablative skin resurfacing, Dr. Zimmet employs Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2 laser (Active FX, Deep FX, Total FX). This technology is designed to provide substantive reduction in signs of aging and scars as well as skin tightening as compared to non-ablative techniques. Facial, neck, and chest areas may be treated with this procedure. It will involve a downtime of about five days.
ENDYMED™ 3DEEP fractional resurfacing may be employed for less severe cases. This technique involves the delivery of RF energy pulses below the skin’s surface. It heats up the deeper layers to promote fresh collagen production and new skin growth. Treatment can be completed faster in this case, and the downtime involved is also minimal.
The unique aspect of fractional resurfacing is that it heats the skin in microscopic columns, making it gentle on the skin. It will reduce or eliminate age spots, pigmentation, and promote skin tightening from within through fresh collagen production.
Recovery and Results
With fractional skin resurfacing treatment, the damaged or aging top layers of the skin will be replaced with new, healthy skin cells. Recovery period can range from one or two days up to five or six days, depending on the type of method and extent of treatment. Tighter, smoother, and younger looking skin will appear in the weeks following the treatment.