Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a fairly recent, and low-risk addition to the available methods of skin rejuvenation. With fractional laser therapy, or fractional photothermolysis as it is also known, the area undergoing treatment is spaced out in precisely pinpointed targets, at the microscopic level. Visualizing the grid of pixels in a digital photograph offers an excellent comparison. Each tiny treatment area is hit by the laser, leaving untreated points surrounding it. The old cells in the individual areas treated by the laser instantly evaporate, and are then replaced by new, healthy skin cells. Following treatment, the surrounding, untreated cells in the adjacent areas help to maintain the tissue’s stability.
What are the benefits of fractional laser skin rejuvenation?
Because the targeted treatment areas are combined with untreated skin, the recovery time from this type of skin resurfacing is much faster than with other available laser therapy options. In essence, the skin has retained the integrity to quickly bounce back. The fractional laser treatment method effectively combines the intensive energy advantages of ablative skin resurfacing lasers, with the lower energy laser therapy methods of non-ablative treatments. This combination offers faster recovery time and lowered risk of damage. The actual treatment takes less time than other methods; typically, the single session that’s required with fractional laser resurfacing will last for about thirty minutes. Most Seattle Skin Resurfacing patients who choose this alternative enjoy a rapid recovery, and many return to their normal activities almost immediately.
What are the costs associated with fractional laser skin resurfacing?
The costs of laser skin resurfacing in general will vary greatly. The type of treatment used will be the biggest determining factor. With fractional laser therapy, the costs are typically lower than other commonly used laser treatments. The single treatment needed with fractional lasers also provides considerable cost savings, especially when compared to the multiple sessions necessary to achieve similar results with other methods now in use. Those seeking the best Seattle skin resurfacing option should contact the laser treatment specialists at Island Dermatology for an assessment, and a detailed cost estimate based on their needs.