Our skin is actually a very complicated part of the body. Not only does it protect our organs and provide a lot of purification of the body through processes like sweat and cell regeneration, but it has different layers with different needs and functions. When we look at ourselves in a reflection, we might think we are looking at the outermost layer or the epidermis. Technically, we are. However, some of the changes we see to that upper layer are also due to changes in the dermal layer, the lower layer. Loss of collagen and elastin as we age can cause the upper layers to lose support and sag. This can lead to lines and wrinkles, and more.
Fortunately, there are esthetic treatments that can allow us to improve the upper and lower levels, but until now there has not been something that treats both at once. Lasers have become a wonderful tool for repairing and improving skin showing signs of aging or sun damage. Yet, they have only offered ablative (epidermal) or non-ablative (dermal) options. Now there are fractional laser treatments.
What Are Fractional Laser Treatments?
Described by many as bridging a gap between the ablative and non-ablative options, fractional lasers can be used for lines and wrinkles, pigmentation issues, acne scarring, sun damage and are safe for any part of the body. They affect both layers of the skin at one time and get their name from their ability to improve targeted treatment zones or a fraction of the skin at a time. What that means is that healthy tissue is not included in the laser treatment, and instead, it is only problematic issues that receive action.
The fractional laser device sends out a beam that is divided into many thousands of columns that penetrate into the skin. Once the laser beams are in the collagen layer of the dermis, they cause a reaction that cues your skin to make new collagen. This leads to a much faster set of results since a very targeted, fractional area has to heal and improve rather than entire sections of the skin that must now heal and restore itself in order for results to be measured.
What to Expect
If you are eager to have this non-invasive treatment done, it begins with a consultation and assessment. Any problem areas are defined and a customized treatment plan developed. Depending upon the issue to be treated, there may be a chemical peel or other pre-treatment options used. The treatment itself is painless as anesthetic creams are used and a gliding gel applied to allow the laser device to slide over the skin. A cooling device may also be used, and then a patient can go home.
Results begin to appear within 24 hours, though it can take up to 14 days for the full effects to be revealed. Multiple treatments may be needed for optimal results, but this is a remarkably proven technology. If you are eager to discuss your options with one of our Personique experts, just use our contact form. To schedule a consultation or to find out about treatment with fractional lasers, visit our Personique On the Spot location today!