Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
As we age we naturally develop wrinkles on our skin. Often they occur in areas that have received the most exposure to the sun such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Wrinkles can appear as fine lines, creases or deep furrows.
The most common treatment for wrinkles are the Fraxel, CO2, and fractional CO2 lasers.
FraxelŽ Erbium Laser Treatment is designed to target aging and damaged skin by creating microscopic "wounds" within the targeted areas well beneath the skin's outermost layer. In this way, FraxelŽ Laser treatments trigger the body's own natural production of new collagen and skin cells. Because FraxelŽ Laser Treatment is non-ablative, healing occurs so quickly that there is very little downtime for patients (usually a day or two). This laser treatment needs to be repeated multiple times, depending upon the degree of skin damage, but it allows you to continue life without the longer downtime of other lasers.
Fractional CO2 Laser
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing has the benefit of requiring only one treatment to achieve the results of 3 to 5 fractional erbium laser treatments, but it requires a 4-6 days of down time with application of ointment to the skin.
The gold standard of resurfacing, this laser has been the work horse for softening deep wrinkles and reversing significant sun dammage. However, the healing time required post-procedure is 10-14 days, requiring some wound care by patients at home and time off from work. In general, the CO2 laser will, in one treatment, achieve results only attainable after two to three treatments with the fractional CO2, which is most often used for more superficial wrinkles. The non-ablative Fraxel laser is used for even more superficial skin aging.
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