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Fractional Laser Treatments FAQ
In our previous blogs, Introducing Our Latest Laser Technology and Fractional Laser Treatments: A Happy Medium, we discussed what fractional lasers are and how they can treat your skin. But if you are like many consumers shopping in today’s skin enhancement market, you know that knowledge is power. At O’Neil Skin & Lipo Medical Center, we want to keep our patients up-to-date on the jargon, science, and results of all the treatments we offer. We believe that fractional laser treatments can help achieve beautiful skin, and we want to make a believer out of you too!
What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers?
Ablative treatments are deeper and stronger and take longer to heal. Fractional laser resurfacing is non-ablative by definition. They produce energy pulses which punch little holes in the skin producing thermal necrosis and collagen formation. They do not “ablate” the entire surface of the skin but just “part” of the skin (fractional.) That is why they have so little downtime compared to continuous pulsed lasers of old.
Why is collagen production important for skin health?
Collagen is a protein present in the skin that is responsible for the support and elasticity of skin tissue. As we age, our collagen production slows down, which is why wrinkles and fine lines form as we get older. When fractional lasers make tiny wounds in the layers of the skin, your body produces new collagen to heal itself. This new collagen stays long after the healing process, providing support to the tissues and filling in fine lines.
Is there a difference between fractional and Fraxel® lasers?
These two words sound similar, so it can be easy to confuse the two. Essentially, there is no difference between them. It is just another one of the great name-brand vs. generic debates, like Kleenex™ and tissues. Fraxel® is the name of a company that produces a specific fractional laser. There is no difference in technology between Fraxel® lasers and laser made by lesser-known companies. The only benefit is the name, and there is no need to pay for that.
Why will my skin flake off?
You may be put off from laser treatments because of videos where patients experience flaking skin after treatments. While it is a little gross, flaking skin after laser treatments is completely normal and healthy. Your body sheds the dead, unwanted skin cells to allow new, collagen-rich cells to replace them. The flaking only lasts about a week.
Who should perform my laser treatment?
Laser procedures are highly sensitive treatments, and their results are ultimately dependent on the person performing them. At O’Neil Skin & Lipo Medical Center, we believe in always having your treatment performed by highly trained professionals. Dr. O’Neil has been practicing skin rejuvenation techniques over 20 years. To ensure patient safety, he practices out of a fully accredited surgical facility.
If you are interested in the amazing benefits of fractional laser treatments and are ready to have beautiful, healthy skin, schedule your consultation today. Dr. O’Neil and the staff at O’Neil Skin & Lipo Medical Center are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Don’t wait to see how our new fractional laser technology can help you. Contact our office by calling 951-296-1690 or by filling out our online contact form here.