Fractional Resurfacing: Bringing Your Natural Glow to the Surface
Fractional means using an array of precise microbeams to treat columns of skin rather than whole areas. The benefits of the fractional technique include a shorter recovery time and less patient discomfort during the procedure compared to non-fractional methods.
Dr. Zimmet uses the Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2 laser (Active FX, Deep FX, Total FX) for fractionated ablative skin resurfacing, which offers greater reduction in aging, skin tightening and scars than non-ablative techniques. In most patients, the downtime is about 5 days. Ablative fractionated CO2 laser may be used to treat the face, neck and/or chest.
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. Patient benefits of fractional RF resurfacing also include quicker treatment times and less downtime.
The fractional microbeams heat the skin in microscopic columns, triggering skin tightening, reduction/elimination of pigmented spots, and the body’s own natural production of new collagen.
Fractional surfacing, whether it is done with a CO2 laser or an ENDYMED™3DEEP radio frequency applicator, replaces aging or damaged skin with new, healthy skin cells. The recovery time required typically ranges from 1-2 days up to 5-6 days, depending 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.