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Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fraxel® Laser

Fraxel Miami, Fraxel Miami Dermatologist

Fraxel® Laser is one of the most important devices available today to achieve successful removal of fine lines and wrinkles on the aging face. Due to its 'fractional' mechanism of action, recovery is very quick, and there is no downtime or signicant side effects associated with this procedure.

What is a Laser?

The word laser is an acronym for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation By stimulation of certain molecules, light energy is emitted. Different molecules (and therefore different lasers) produce light of different wave lengths that are absorbed by specific tissues or pigments. This light is passed through a focusing lens to produce a beam of intense energy. Filters of different colours over the beam also modify the energy delivery to achieve results on different elements of the skin.

How Does it Work?

Fractionated laser beams pass through the skin leaving islands of normal skin unaffected by the energy.

Extremely short exposure time to a single spot of skin reduces the collateral heat or thermal damage to the remaining skin. As the depth of the laser treatment progresses, the collagen and elastin fibres that have become disorganised and stretched by photoaging undergo a reformation process with shrinkage and reorganisation, with the result that the skin can tighten and look more youthful.

By being able to control power, spotsize and the dwell time of the laser beam, ablation of the skin can be controlled precisely, with minimal heat injury to the surrounding skin, little or no bleeding, and subsequent minimisation of the attendant risks or potential complications. Fractional laser treatment minimises risk by using many extremely small laser spots with islands of untreated skin between energy beams.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Changes associated with ageing and sun exposure (photoaging) such as; fine lines, wrinkles, rough blotchy patches and deep expression lines are a ll suitable for treatment with the laser. These changes are not only accelerated by sun exposure, but also by smoking, alcohol and atmospheric pollution. Other conditions that can be treated include acne scars, chicken pox scars, irregular surgical scars, pigmented lesions and some moles.

The most commonly treated areas are the eyelids, mouth, forehead and cheeks. The neck is largely unsuited for laser treatment because its microscopic architecture is such that safe re-epithelalisation cannot be predicted. The lesser invasive treatments of fractionated laser and IPL can be of some value in areas unsuitable for laser treatment.

In some cases, fine lines and wrinkles can be eliminated entirely, but other lines such as the deep laugh and frown (expression) lines may only be softened. You should think of laser resurfacing as an improvement, rather than an elimination of all lines.

Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing for Wrinkles and Acne scars is one of the most common laser resurfacing procedures we see at Bowes Dermatology.

If you would like an appointment with one of our providers to learn more about this service, please CONTACT US or call us at (305) 856-6555.


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