Depending on skin type and the level of correction required, there are several different types of laser resurfacing treatments available:
Fractional Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing – Commonly referred to as Fraxel®, this treatment targets underlying skin tissue without damaging the top layer of skin. It can provide excellent results for acne scarring, fine lines and can improve skin texture and collagen production. It requires little or no down time. Patients may experience mild redness and swelling for a day or two and can usually resume normal activities after one day.
Fractional Ablative Laser Resurfacing – Deeper lines, more severe textural changes, altered pigmentation and mild skin laxity (looseness) often benefit from Pro-fractional laser resurfacing. This technology delivers fractional micro-beams of light into the skin while peeling the superficial or top layers. Patients experience some redness, swelling and crusting of the skin but can expect to resume normal activities after three to four days.
Full Ablative Laser Resurfacing – For patients requiring the most corrective treatment, full laser resurfacing can deliver excellent results. It precisely removes the entire superficial layers of the skin and heats deeper skin tissue, resulting in healthy, smooth younger looking skin. Patients can expect approximately one to two weeks recovery time.