Fractional laser resurfacing has been all the rage in the past five years, and rightfully so! A lot of people see it as a magic potion that can vanish their skin problems in a gulp. Well, it’s not that simple, but it’s not rocket science either. Here, we take a look at one of the most popular body sculpting treatments.
FRACTIONAL LASER RESURFACING: HOW DOES IT WORK?
Fractional lasers stimulate the natural rejuvenation process of the skin by making several microthermal spots under its layer. The rejuvenation process involves the body producing more collagen and skin cells to replace and replenish the damaged, old skin.
While a lot of fractional lasers are non-invasive (non-ablative), some are invasive (ablative) in nature and should be researched and consulted about before availing.
Ablative fractional laser resurfacing makes your skin peel off in order to fix it!
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It’s ok. When ablative lasers try to heat up the lower layers of your skin, they do so rather aggressively. As a result, your old skin layer is acted upon by a fresh supply of collagen and elastin and subsequently comes off. So as weird as it may sound, it is a normal and natural process. The shed skin is replaced by newer cells, giving it a fresh look. Increased collagen and elastin also help make your skin healthier.
CO2 and Erbium Laser Resurfacing are two of the most common Ablative Fractional Resurfacing (AFRs).
Non-Ablative fractional laser resurfacing doesn’t mess with your epidermis. Unlike ablative lasers, these only affect the lower layers of your skin without removing the top layer. This heat, with timely care and multiple sessions, effectively cures hyperpigmentation, redness, and acne scars. The agents of change here, too, are collagen and elastin.
Some examples of non-ablative fractional laser resurfacing are Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Pulsed Dye (PDL).
WHY FRACTIONAL LASERS CAN BE RELIABLE BODY SCULPTING TREATMENT
Fractional lasers are a novelty in skin resurfacing and body sculpting treatments. It is an affordable option with minimum downtime. Also, it has high procedural safety and effectiveness.
Fractional laser resurfacing has been a trusted resort for people because:
- It has zero side effects, almost no complications and visible results without any cuts or punctures.
- The healing time of Fractional laser resurfacing is faster as the skin layers rejuvenate through natural processes.
- Not only the downtime but also the treatment is small. Being a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, it only requires the select area of a target layer to heal. In fact, the entire process can be wrapped up in an hour.
This Body Sculpting Treatment is suited for all ages and skin types. If you are planning to get a session, don’t forget to consult with a dermatologist.