Malta Plastic Surgery Institute - LASER SKIN RESURFACING
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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is used to smoothen out fine lines and help remove skin discoloration and pigmentation by treating the superficial layers of the skin.

The skin can be treated as a whole surface as with standard  CO2 or Erbium lasers or the skin can be treated in very tiny patches close to each other: fractionated treatment.

Fractionated CO2 lasers have the advantage of leaving tiny untouched areas of skin in between the treated areas and this allows for rapid healing and significantly reduced downtime. With repeat treatments the results after fractionated lasers can often be close to the standard ablative lasers.

Advantages of fractionated CO2 treatment:
  • More rapid healing and reduced downtime
  • Can be used on other areas of the body apart from the face eg neck and upper chest
  • Less likely to produced long term redness and pigmentation alteration


Procedure for Fractionated CO2 treatment:
A topical local anesthestetic cream is applied which takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to take effect.
Once the anesthesia is activated the actual treatment can begin. It typically lasts 25 to 30 minutes and consists of a special light wand to be passed over the surface of the skin. As the wand makes contact with the skin it sends a laser beam into the dermis creating a very small thermal interaction. Fraxel® Laser Treatment does not treat the entire surface area, instead, small pinpoint areas will absorb the laser, causing the treated area to rebuild collagen and allowing the non-treated area to help with the healing.
There is very little discomfort with the treatment. Most people report a prickly sensation that stops as soon as the treatment is over.



The results are often compared to the superior results of ablative laser peels (like CO Laser resurfacing). Patients get the results of the laser peels, but without the uncomfortable and long healing process.
 
About Fraxel® Laser Treatment
The key difference between Fraxel® Laser Treatment and more traditional ablative methods is that Fraxel® Laser does not affect all of the skin at once. Instead of a blanket surface treatment, Fraxel® Laser treats pinpoint areas on the skin, penetrating small fractions by 400 to 700 microns — just deep enough to stimulate significant collagen regeneration. These treated areas begin to regenerate collagen and the surrounding non-affected areas help to speed up the recovery session.

How Fraxel® Laser Treatment Works
 
Fraxel® Laser Treatments typically happen in the clinic. A topical anesthesia is applied which takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to take effect.
Once the anesthesia is activated the actual treatment can begin. It typically lasts 25 to 30 minutes and consists of a special light wand to be passed over the surface of the skin. As the wand makes contact with the skin it sends a laser beam into the dermis creating a very small thermal interaction. Fraxel® Laser Treatment does not treat the entire surface area, instead, small pinpoint areas will absorb the laser, causing the treated area to rebuild collagen and allowing the non-treated area to help with the healing.
There is very little discomfort with the treatment. Most people report a prickly sensation that stops as soon as the treatment is over.
How Many Treatments Does Fraxel® Laser Treatment Require?
Most people have five Fraxel® Laser treatments. Typical treatments last about 20 to 25 minutes and are spaced about two weeks apart. The treatment schedule can be modified to fit the patient's needs or schedule.
 
Who Are the Best Candidates for Fraxel® Laser Treatment?
Anyone who wants better skin complexion, to diminish fine lines or to improve skin discoloration can benefit from Fraxel® Laser.
 
Is Fraxel® Laser Treatment Safe?
Fraxel® Laser is very safe and is FDA-approved (USA). Fraxel® Laser has fewer side effects than ablative laser techniques and requires less recovery time. Most people experience a temporary reddening or swelling of the face - much like a mild sunburn — that lasts a couple days.
 
What Kind of Results Can I expect from Fraxel® Laser?
Fraxel® Laser produces great results. Fraxel® Laser successfully       minimizes fine lines and wrinkles as well as an ablative laser peel and evens out skin discolorations caused by the sun or aging. Because Fraxel® Laser Treatments are based on the regeneration of collagen, the ultimate results will not be visible for about six months after treatment. However, most people begin to notice positive changes to their skin within about a week and the improvements continue for about six months.
 
What is Recovery Like?
Recovering from a Fraxel® Laser Treatment is a lot like recovering from a mild sunburn. The skin will redden or slightly swell initially. The swelling with diminish after a day or two and the skin will slowly lose some of its redness and fade to a "tanned" color for three to fourteen days after treatment, similar to a sunburn, mild peeling or flaking may occur. During this time and the following months patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen twice a day to limit sun exposure and promote optimum results.
 
 
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