Uncovering the Benefits of Fractional Laser Treatments

Dr. Sonoa Au

These lasers can provide the skin restoration that patients want, without the level of downtime or side effects of earlier techniques.

In the world of laser skin technology, a time-capsule trip back to the early aughts shows dermatologists at a crossroads: attempts to adjust more invasive approaches were increasingly recognized as failing to bring meaningful improvements. Enter the fractional laser: “I think of it as the ‘Goldilocks’ solution, offering just the right amount,” explains Dr. Sonoa Au of Advanced Dermatology PC. “These lasers can provide the skin restoration that patients want, without the level of downtime or side effects of earlier techniques.”

Fractional lasers stand out due to their design, which purposefully exposes only a portion – or “fraction” – of the patient’s skin to lasers, leaving intermediary areas untouched.

“Less really can be more,” observes Dr. Au. “The fractional approach harnesses our body’s innate healing capability, with untreated areas facilitating faster, more effective skin restoration.”

Since their launch in 2004, when the Fraxel®-brand laser was introduced, fractional lasers have exploded, becoming the number-one cosmetic laser skin treatment. More than 400,000 procedures were performed in 2016 alone, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

“Fractional lasers turn back the skin’s clock, so to speak,” notes Dr. Au, describing how laser beams trigger a rapid healing and restoration process. “That healing process can eliminate damaged skin – even below the surface – by causing it to be expelled and replaced with new cells.”

Dr. Au offers the following information regarding the unique potential of fractional…

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