an affiliate practice of The Skin Surgery Center

Fractional resurfacing is a new innovative way to correct the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin by reducing wrinkles, smoothing out skin tone and activating the formation of new collagen. The face, neck, chest and hands can all be treated with fractional resurfacing. Our system sends infrared light pulses deep in the dermis, where it creates a carefully controlled area of elevated temperature. These areas of elevated temperature cause soft tissue coagulation, which lead to collagen remodeling in the deep dermis. Remodeled collagen can tighten sagging skin. Deep heating with infrared light can also stimulate increased collagen production, to create long term results. There is little to no downtime with this safe method of treatment for sagging and lax skin.


How does Fractional Skin Resurfacing work?

Fractional Skin Resurfacing is designed to alter only portions of the target skin tissue. Think of it as digital tissue editing. Fractional Skin Resurfacing creates multiple, microscopic, thermal columns within the skin. Together these micro-treatments cause a change in the collagen and elastin below your skin’s surface. Gradually, there is improvement in the appearance of your aging and sun-damaged skin. It also results in a healing process with minimal downtime. In addition, Fractional Skin Resurfacing penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems.

How is Fractional Skin Resurfacing different from other laser treatments?

Fractional Skin Resurfacing is the only method which offers both excellent results and no downtime. These treatments deliver light in an array of narrow, focused “microbeams”, to create

columns of heat within the skin. The heated tissue within the columns starts a natural healing process that forms new, healthy tissue. The results are a decrease in sunspots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, skin toning, and a fresher, more youthful skin tone and texture. The Fractional, non-ablative approach stimulates quick healing, while leaving your skin’s surface intact, with no lasting redness.

What areas can I have treated?

Fractional Non-ablative Skin Resurfacing can be applied to any area of the body, including the face, chest, arms, legs and hands.

What is the treatment like?

First, the area to be treated is cleansed. A topical anesthetic ointment may be applied. Our system has a built in cooling device for a more comfortable treatment. Then the fractional hand piece precisely reads the discreet contours of your skin treatment area. Your treatment is performed using a fractional hand piece gently guided across the skin delivering microbeams of infrared energy into the skin. After your treatment, your skin is washed off. Treatments usually last 10-20 minutes, depending on the surface area treated.

What should I expect after treatment?

You may experience lingering redness, warmth, swelling, or tightness in the treated area, which fades within a few hours of treatment. Generally, you can receive a treatment and go back to work or to other activities without any recovery time. Because the light pulses are confined to narrow columns in the skin, much of the skin is left unaffected and there is a quick healing process; most people notice positive changes in skin tone and texture within a few days.