Fractional Laser Resurfacing: A Futuristic Face Lift?

I like looking for new medical techniques online.  This one caught my attention when I started reading bits about a lunch-time facelift.  Those are gernerally not going to cut into your skin, but then I found some surgeons are using a mini-facelift paired with fractional laser treatment to make you look younger without looking like you went and got a face lift.  It is done under LOCAL anesthesia, which scares me to death, but I think the pros outweigh the fear on that one.  The results I’m seeing online are amazing.

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Science is always coming up with more and more ways to improve our health and our appearance; recently, there has been an influx of laser based treatments – laser hair removal, laser eye surgery and the subject of this article, fractional laser resurfacing.

It may sound like something that workmen do to improve the road surface, but laser resurfacing is really taking off within the cosmetic surgery arena.

What is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is the use of a high energy laser beam directed to specific parts of the face. The aim of the treatment is to remove (or ‘burn off’) the top layer of skin, revealing fresh skin underneath.

There are actually two different types of laser resurfacing – ‘ablative’ and ‘non-ablative’.

Ablative laser resurfacing is the most frequently used type and involves the high powered laser being used to destroy the very top layer of skin to reveal the fresh pink layer below (known as the dermis). The surgeon will then use the laser at a lower power setting to heat this skin, thus encouraging the growth of healthy, wrinkle-free new skin.

Non-ablative laser resurfacing is the same except that it does not destroy any skin whatsoever; it only heats up the top layer of skin to encourage fresh skin growth.

Fractional laser resurfacing means that only a small part of the face is treated at one time. It can also be carried out on the entire facial region if the patient so desires.

Who Can Benefit from Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing can be beneficial to a range of different people from either gender. The most common purpose for having the treatment is the removal of wrinkles, chicken pock or acne scars, and to even out skin pigmentation. Whilst there are those who will pigeonhole the treatment as something that only the older generation has done, there are plenty of young people who have fractional laser resurfacing to help in the removal of unsightly scars or blemishes from the face. Because it is generally a cosmetic surgery rather than a medical one, it can be a fairly pricey endeavor. The exception to this is if a doctor decides that a scar or blemish is having a truly detrimental effect on a person’s physical or mental wellbeing.

What Are the Benefits of Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

The most clear cut benefits are the removal of fine lines, wrinkles and scars from the facial region. These can easily cause a person a great deal of embarrassment and can be very detrimental to their overall health. Fractional laser surgery can restore the self confidence that tends to disappear after the onset of serious wrinkles or scarring. Older people that opt for this procedure often feel much happier to have younger, fresher looking skin.

What Risks are Involved in Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

This procedure, like many others, is not without its pitfalls. There are a number of side effects that could occur during and following the operation. In fact, many people are shocked when they see themselves for the first time following this procedure – particularly those who have their entire face treated. This is because the skin generally reddens quite a lot, and can also blister and ‘ooze’. This is a natural part of the healing process and will disappear in good time; however it can be a surprise to some people expecting immediate results. During the procedure itself, it is possible that a patient may catch a skin infection. This is due to the revealing of such delicate new skin which is far more vulnerable to external factors than ‘tougher’ top layer skin. Scarring is rare but a possibility, and there have been reports of total or partial loss of skin pigmentation.

As with all cosmetic procedures, it is recommended to consider all of these risks and balance them with the perceived benefits. Try and seek the advice of a qualified medical professional before ‘taking the plunge’.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing: The Final Word

All cosmetic surgery comes hand in hand with risks and benefits. In the case of laser resurfacing, this is also true. On the one hand, laser resurfacing is a great way – and very successful in almost all cases – to look younger and/or remove scarring; however, it could also cause scarring if anything were to go wrong.

As with any decision worth making in life, the choice is yours – just make sure you have all the facts and come to an educated, well-rounded conclusion.


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