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Laser Skin Rejuvenation

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Fractional Laser- Ablative

Author: Jay Burns, MD FACS

Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Fractional resurfacing was introduced in 2004 and has become widely popular in the last few years.  The technology stands as a radically different approach from classic standard laser resurfacing which removes the entire upper layer of skin one layer at a time. 

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Fractional Laser- Non Ablative

Author: Joely Kaufman, MD FAAD

Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Since the advent of fractional resurfacing in 2004, the popularity of laser resurfacing has increased dramatically. Classical laser resurfacing, used in the past, involved removing the top layers of the skin (the epidermis and parts of the dermis) in the same treatment. These lasers included the Carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium yag (Er:Yag) devices. The entire surface area of the skin was treated with each session of classical resurfacing, requiring weeks to heal and sometimes even longer. Many patients had residual redness of the skin that could persist for months. Late complications of these classical procedures also included discoloration of the treated skin, including lightening or darkening from the normal skin color. The results of these classical laser resurfacing procedures could be incredibly positive, with tightening of the skin and a major improvement in wrinkles, but the procedure was often fraught with complications. Because of these side effects, many physicians opted not to perform these procedures in their office and the search for a safer way to treat wrinkles began.

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Laser Skin Therapy- Traditional

Author: Jay Burns, MD FACS

Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Laser resurfacing took the cosmetic world by storm in the mid 90’s with the invention of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing.  This treatment involved removing the entire superficial skin layer all at once and is commonly referred to as an ablative (taking away or removing) skin treatment. It significantly improved wrinkles and tightened skin.  In 2000 the Erbium laser was introduced as an alternative ablative laser treatment. Both standard CO2 and Erbium laser resurfacing remain the most effective treatment for significant wrinkles caused by sun damage.

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