How does fractional laser skin resurfacing work?

Laser resurfacing is a successful facial rejuvenation procedure that has been used for several years to improve the skin’s appearance. Fractional laser skin resurfacing is one of the fastest and most-effective ways to treat a variety of skin conditions, with little risk and minimal downtime necessary. Read on to learn how this technology works and why you should consider it to give you a more youthful appearance.

What does it treat?

Fractional laser skin resurfacing is used to treat a variety of problem areas on the face, neck, chest, arms and legs. It’s most effective at treating wrinkles, crow’s feet, surgical and acne scars, striae, melasma, blotchy skin and skin textural irregularities.

How does it work?

A device called a fractional laser breaks up the laser energy into thousands of micro beams to treat only a fraction of the skin in the treatment area, creating deep but narrow columns of tissue coagulation. This stimulates the body’s natural healing response. New and healthy tissue replaces the treated tissue, resulting in healthier and younger-looking skin.

What are the different techniques?

Fractional lasers can be ablative or non-ablative and can treat a number of age-related blemishes.

Fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing is a simple skin treatment that promotes the coagulation of skin. There is little to no pain and minimal redness and swelling with this treatment.

Fractional ablative skin resurfacing is a deep skin resurfacing that lets you control the ablation depths. Sometimes ablative and non-ablative techniques are combined to provide a single treatment, allowing doctors to customize the depth, coagulation and ablation to the patient’s individual needs.

Sun exposure

You’ll want to avoid sun exposure for two weeks prior to treatment. You’ll want to avoid sun exposure for four weeks after treatment.


There is minimal recovery time needed after treatment. Some patients may experience redness, warmth, swelling or tightness in the treatment area that subsides quickly.

If you’d like to learn more about fractional laser skin resurfacing and if it’s right for you, call (480) 610-6366 for a consultation.

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