Non-Ablative Fractional Skin Resurfacing
Wrinkle Reduction, Melasma, Scars and Stretch Marks
Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a relatively new method that is used to treat a number of skin conditions with minimal downtime. One of the premier fractional lasers is the Palomar Lux 1540, a non-ablative erbium laser that is part of the Palomar Icon Aesthetic System. This fractional, non ablative laser is the only FDA cleared laser for treatment of skin resurfacing and treatment of surgical scars, acne scars, melasma and stretch marks.
This laser delivers light to the skin through an array of high precision microbeams that penetrate the skin deep into the dermis. This creates narrow, deep columns of skin coagulation, surrounded by healthy, untreated skin. This causes the skin to repair itself by replacing old, sun damaged skin with new, younger, healthier skin. The various Microlenses allow for customized treatments; the XF Microlens for high speed, quick treatment sessions or the XD Microlens for deeper penetration to reach tough conditions such as scars and stretch marks. Since the Lux 1540 delivers fractionated light, the treatments are safer and produce consistent results.
Fractional resurfacing with the Lux 1540 is much less invasive compared to ablative laser procedures, resulting in a faster recovery time. Most patients experience minimal downtime, with some mild redness and swelling for a couple of days. Since these treatments are fractionated and less invasive, generally 4 treatment sessions are recommended for full results. These are performed every 3 to 6 weeks. Results continue to improve as the skin is remodeled with maximum affects at about 6 months. Fractional skin resurfacing with the 1540 nm erbium laser is also much safer and avoids the side effects and complications that are associated with non-fractionated lasers.