Resurfacing laser is a good option for patients who prefer a noninvasive treatment that has little downtime and creates minimal discomfort.
Scars result from a chaotic wound healing response leaving behind fibrotic tissue due to irregular collagen formation. There are different types of scar including atrophic, hypertrophic, contracture and keloid scars. Available scar revision therapies depend on the type of scar, and range from topical creams for mild scarring, to grafting in the case of large, traumatic scars. Laser scar revision is an effective method for treating a wide range of scars that improves skin texture and pigment as well as functional aspects.
For acne and some surgical scars, fractional skin resurfacing can effectively treat textural and pigment concerns. IPL can also be used to decrease pigmentation and vascular effects. Scars caused by burns and other traumatic injuries are more complicated in nature and can negatively affect the quality of life due to disfigurement, pain, bleeding, pruritis (itching) and restricted range of motion. Fractional ablative laser resurfacing has been proven to effectively treat such scars and provide consistent and significant functional improvement as well as measurable cosmetic benefits.
The Resurfacing laser offers a range of ablative and non-ablative fractional resurfacing solutions to treat different degrees of scar. The UltraPulse reaches an unparalleled depth of 4mm in a single pulse, enabling physicians to treat and rehabilitate scars more effectively. With the smallest beam diameter and shortest pulse width in the industry, the UltraPulse delivers bursts of high energy at low densities that are ideal for a wide range of scar treatments. The laser uses a unique ablation/coagulation ratio to substantially improve the structure of deep contracted lesions by restoring more normal collagen deposition. This maximizes results, minimizes thermal damage and reduces treatment time.
The Non-Ablative Solution
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE RESURFACING PROCEDURE?
During a Resurfacing laser skin rejuvenation treatment, we typically use a topical anesthetic. Due to the non-ablative nature of the Resurfacing laser, most patients find treatments tolerable and comfortable. Additionally, we use a cooling air device that blows refreshing, cold air on the treated areas for comfort. Treatments can take 20 minutes or more, depending on the size of the targeted area.
After Resurfacing laser skin resurfacing, patients generally have recovery time with some redness and swelling after the procedure. Patients can return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. Recovery time is short and relatively comfortable. Redness, swelling, and minor irritation similar to a mild sunburn may develop, but these effects typically subside in just a few days. Sun exposure before and after treatment should be avoided and a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher should be worn daily in the days after the procedure. Once completely healed, ensure you wear at least a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher every day to help protect your skin long-term.
Resurfacing Skin treatment are completed as a series of treatments. Because it is a limited downtime procedure, it usually requires multiple treatments for significant and meaningful results. Typically, at least 3-4 treatments about one 2 months apart are necessary to obtain optimum results, although this varies by the individual and their goal.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE RESURFX PROCEDURE?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The Resurfacing Laser is the latest in non-ablative, fractional laser technology to improve skin discoloration, stretch marks, acne scars, wrinkles and more. Non-ablative means it does not destroy or ablate the skin cells, while fractional means it is only affecting a fraction or percentage of the skin.
The benefit of the Resurfacing laser is that it is able to get great results with minimal recovery time unlike the CO2 laser, which has several days or more of peeling, crusting and possible swelling after the procedure. The optimum benefits of ResurFX are obtained with several treatments depending on the condition and desired results.