Over the past three years, there has been
a great deal of interest in nonablative
fractional resurfacing. Nonablative fractional
resurfacing is a process where thousands
of tiny "light spicules" are used to treat the skin, no tissue is removed. This causes photocoagulation of small 0.1mm columns
of tissue that then heal quickly with little or
no downtime producing a smoother texture
and tone to sun damaged, porous, and
The new kid on the block is ablative fractional resurfacing, where small 0.1mm columns of skin are vaporized and removed with "light spicules" from a carbon dioxide or erbium YAG laser. This results in increased skin tightening and an improvement in wrinkles, but also more recovery time, typically four to seven days. Ablative fractional resurfacing is also billed as a single procedure, whereas nonablative fractional laser resurfacing is typically a five-treatment process. The advantage to ablative fraction laser resurfacing is that there is less messy care, usually a single procedure,
and more improvement than five treatments with nonablative fractional resurfacing.
Many of the laser companies will be selling this type of new laser early in 2008. Fraxel, Lumenis, Palomar, Sciton, Alma, and others will be pushing their machines at the American Academy of Dermatology Conference in February 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. I was recently invited to a VIP event in Santa Clara, California where I was able to test the new CO2 Fraxel. I will be testing other devices in the next few months to determine which device is the best. Stay tuned for a follow up.
In the near future, I will also be introducing a new skin care delivery system that far exceeds anything on the market today, so be sure to check back each month to stay on top of future advancements in the skin care industry.
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