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Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

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Duration Duration
1 hour
Anaesthesia Anaesthesia
None
Hospital stay Contraindications
Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Recent sun exposure, Skin type IV and above (Fitzpatrick scale), Skin disease (active acne, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores) on area to be treated, Anyone on 'Roaccutane' (or finished a course less than 6 months ago)
Downtime Downtime
Redness for up to 48 hours
Results Final Result
Smoother more refined skin tone, firmer skin and reduced pore size. Reduced acne scars and decrease in fine lines
Suitable for Suitable for
Anyone who wants to improve skin texture, acne scars and wants to improve firmness and thickness of skin
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Fractional laser skin resurfacing (ablative and non-ablative) appears to achieve skin improvements that can get close to conventional ablative laser skin resurfacing but with fewer potential side effects. Examples of branded devices include Fraxel and Pixel, but there are many others.

The process of directing a light source to target a selected area of the skin to damage it is technically known as "selective photothermolysis"; where “thermolysis” refers to ‘decomposition by heat’ and “photo” refers to ‘light’. Unlike with selective photothermolysis, where the whole of the selected target area is damaged; “Fractional Photothermolysis” seeks to only damage certain zones, (producing tiny dot-like treated areas on the skin), leaving the other zones within it perfectly intact; hence only causing fractional damage. This allows the skin to heal much faster than if the whole area was treated. The costs for fractional laser skin resurfacing depend on the area(s) being treated and the type of device being used plus any additional single patient disposable items required by some systems.

Top 5 FAQs for Fractional Laser Resurfacing

What is the Palomar Starlux Lux 1540?
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The Palomar Starlux 1540 laser is an Erbium:Yag laser and is described as a Non ablative Fractional laser which operates in the 1540 nm wavelength spectrum.

What's the difference between an Ablative and a Non-Ablative laser?
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There are basically 2 different types of lasers used in skin laser treatments. These are called ablative (also commonly called resurfacing) and the non-ablative types of lasers. What this means in simple terms is that with the ablative types of treatments the top surface of the skin must be removed, to varying depths, in order achieve a fresher and improved skin surface. In the non-ablative treatments the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer of skin. In other words the non-ablative lasers by-pass the surface of the skin, and leave it unaffected, whilst targeting the deeper skin layer.

What are Ablative and Non-Ablative lasers used for?
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Ablative laser treatments, are very effective in the treatment of aged, wrinkled, sun damaged skin and deeper acne scars by causing a controlled surface burn leading to the removal of some portions of the skin surface. This results in a smoother skin surface. However this type of laser does have significant side effects and requires a long healing period. Non-ablative laser treatments on the other hand have little or no side effects and almost no healing time as they leave the top surface untouched. However they usually require numerous treatments over many months and ultimately have more limited results, particularly in the treatment of wrinkles and acne scars. Different conditions obviously require different approaches. As such both, non ablative and ablative treatments have their indications, advantages and disadvantages. The Starlux 1540 laser is a non ablative laser.

What is meant by 'Fractionated' lasers?
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In general, all skin laser treatments are differentiated into Flat beam and Fractionated laser devices. In the Flat beam type of lasers, the laser beam is delivered as one coherent, homogenous column of laser energy that treats in its entirety that section of skin, wherever it strikes. With Fractionated lasers however, the laser beam is instead comprised of many minute parallel columns of micro-beams, that are separated and have tiny gaps between themselves. When a fractionated laser beam strikes the skin surface there will be areas of tissue which the tiny columns of laser energy will affect but concurrently there will also be areas of unaffected portions of tissue which represent the gaps between the columns of laser. The Starlux 1540 is designed as a fractionated non ablative laser.

What is the principle behind the Starlux fractionated non-ablative laser?
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As described previously, a fractionated laser that is non ablative will penetrate deep into the skin, bypassing the skin surface, leading to a sufficient heat build-up and injury deep within the layers of skin. This in turn initiates the body’s own natural healing process to promotes new collagen and elastin production. As a result of this new collagen and elastin production the skin, in time, becomes 'revolumised' and plumper. Of equal importance in the above concept however, are the areas of skin the fractional laser leaves untouched. For every micro-thermal zone the laser targets and treats intensively, a gap of surrounding tissue remains unaffected and intact. These unaffected areas overall allow the skin to heal much faster and with less risk of complications than if the entire area were treated at once.

Price Information

From £100

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