Fractional Laser Resurfacing - Premier Medical Aesthetics
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Fractional
Laser Resurfacing

When did staying young start sounding like an episode of Star Trek? Yeah, that dates you or makes you extremely cool in some circles. We know it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest anti-aging gadgets. You need to know about Fractional Laser Resurfacing, also called Fractional Skin Resurfacing. Imagine a device that addresses so many skin concerns— acne scars; hyperpigmentation; fine lines and wrinkles; sun damage, uneven tone and skin tightening to restore newer, younger, healthier skin.
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Fractional Laser Resurfacing

At Premier Medical Aesthetics, we offer the Palomar Icon Aesthetic System, a non-ablative erbium laser (heats the underlying skin without harming the surface) that delivers a precision array of microbeams, penetrating to the deep layers of the skin’s dermis. It creates deep, narrow skin coagulation columns called microscopic ablation zones surrounded by healthy, untreated skin, allowing a faster recovery time for the skin to heal and repair. In these zones, the laser’s energy targets and removes unwanted pigment, stimulating skin turnover and collagen production.
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Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment

What Is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

As you age, skin inevitably develops pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and other textural changes. Fractional laser treatments are a safe, non-invasive procedure that improves fine lines, pores, wrinkles, brown spots, and tightens the skin. Fractional lasers “fractionate” or break up the beam, hitting the skin in a pixelated pattern, creating columns that receive a dose of light while others go untouched. Using two different wavelengths (1550 and 1927), the energy from the laser thermally destroys old, damaged skin, which stimulates the growth and replacement with new, healthy skin. The 1550 wavelength targets skin’s texture (wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, acne scars, and scarring from previous wounds or surgeries) while the 1927 wavelength lifts discoloration (age spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and unwanted freckles) to encourage new collagen and elastin growth.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing Process

Patients seeking Fractional Laser Resurfacing should not be pregnant, taking medications, or have certain skin conditions.

2-Weeks Before Treatment

WHAT TO AVOID

Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds (hopefully, you already avoid those). Discontinue the use of topical exfoliating agents like glycolic, alpha, or beta-hydroxy acids; retinoid medications like Retinol, Tretinoin (Retin-A or Atralin), Adapalene (Differin), Tazarotene (Tazorac); and over-the-counter anti-aging products containing Retinol or Retinaldehyde.
2-Weeks Before Treatment

1-Week Before Treatment

LET US KNOW

Make sure to let us know if you have any new breakouts, open wounds, infections, or rashes within the treatment area. Depending on the severity, we may want to reschedule.
1-Week Before Treatment

Procedure Day

SET YOUR PHASER TO WOW

Thoroughly wash and dry skin to remove any make-up, sunblock, lotions, etc. Our office will recommend sun protection and mineral-based make-up to use post-treatment.
Procedure Day

During Procedure

PREPARATION

We’ll thoroughly cleanse your face, making sure to remove any residual make-up, sunblock, or lotions. For your comfort, a topical numbing cream is applied, allowing time to penetrate the skin. Once in effect, the fractional laser treatment will make its pass along the treatment area.
During Procedure

1-2 Hours After Procedure

IMMEDIATELY AFTER

You may feel some mild discomfort like a mild sunburn. Cool the surface, avoiding any heat or sun exposure. Apply cool gel packs or cold rollers in 10-15 minute intervals. If needed, apply topical creams as directed to alleviate post-treatment itchiness or tingling that may occur.
1-2 Hours After Procedure

24-Hours After Procedure

THE FIRST DAY

Do not pick, peel, or scrub the treated area as this can cause scarring. Those prone to acne breakouts should avoid heavy makeup or moisturizers post-treatment. Use gentle cleansers and non-irritating cosmetics as directed. Sleep with your head slightly elevated to reduce swelling and puffiness. If you were treated for stretch marks or scars, avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing.
24-Hours After Procedure

2-3 Days After Procedure

IT’S NORMAL

Edema (swelling) and sometimes blanching (white appearance) is expected post-treatment and generally resolves within 24-48 hours. It may last 3-5 days for some patients.
2-3 Days After Procedure

4 Days After Procedure

DO NOT PICK OR SCRUB

Some patients may experience significant redness, broken capillaries, and bronzing. To help remove debris and bronzing of the skin, soak the treated area for 5-15 minutes with a cool, wet washcloth. Do not pick or scrub the treated area to avoid scarring.
4 Days After Procedure

8-12 Weeks After Procedure

THE RESULTS ARE IN

You should start to see your final results after your fractional laser treatment. Results can last up to 3 years.
8-12 Weeks After Procedure

2-6 Months After Procedure

PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Avoid direct sun exposure. When outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and make sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF30 or higher, containing UVA/UVB protection (look for products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide).
2-6 Months After Procedure
Fractional Laser Resurfacing Infographic

How Does Fractional Laser Resurfacing Work?

Fractional lasers are non-ablative lasers, meaning they don’t remove any skin layers. As a non-invasive treatment, they’re especially useful for treating rosacea, spider veins, pigmentation, and acne scarring. The skin structure is divided up into three layers, the epidermis (top layer), the dermis (mid-layer), and the subcutis (lower fat layer). The epidermis contains any pigment-producing cells, while the dermis is composed of collagen and elastin fibers that provide elasticity. Fractional laser treatments target the epidermis and dermis layers to treat skin tone and texture issues that contribute to age spots, sagging skin, facial lines, and wrinkles.

The laser beam is divided into thousands of microscopic beams focused on treatment zones, or also called microthermal treatment zones, that target a “fraction” of the skin at one time. Surrounded by healthy tissue, old cells are expelled, which leads to a boost in collagen production. People with lighter skin tones are good candidates because they have a reduced risk of hyperpigmentation.

How Do Fractional Lasers Compare To IPL?

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are both very effective, non-invasive skin treatments. Our IPL treatment works best on skin tone issues like brown spots, broken blood vessels, or red spots. Our Fractional Laser treatment is best in treating skin texture issues like fine lines, wrinkles, surgical and acne scars, and stretch marks. It’s best to come in for a complimentary consultation to assess the skin condition we’re treating and evaluate your skin tone, age, sun damage, and texture to determine which treatment is best for you.

Cost of Fractional Laser Resurfacing

The price of Fractional Laser Resurfacing varies depending on the size of the treatment area, the skin condition, and the number of treatments needed to achieve a patient’s desired results. If you want a better idea on how much is fractional laser resurfacing, it’s best to call our office and schedule a free consultation so we can evaluate the overall health of your skin, discuss your skin concerns, and determine the best course of treatment to obtain the best results. There you can ask any unanswered questions you may have about Fractional Laser Resurfacing.

Fractional Laser Treatments

Fractional Laser Resurfacing is used for deeper wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, acne scars, and other skin blemishes.
After Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment
Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment Wrinkels
Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment Freckles
Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment Acne

Pigmentation

Diminish Freckles And Blemishes

Scarring

Reduce pockmarks & multiple scar Types

Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Boost collagen for youthful, refreshed skin
*Model shown. Results vary depending on a person’s biology and sustained damage or age.
ASK AN EXPERT ABOUT FRACTIONAL LASER RESURFACING
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When you’re considering a new cosmetic procedure, it helps to do a little research. We’ve tried to answer as many questions about Fractional Laser Treatments in our FAQs below. If, for some reason, we didn’t address something that you’re concerned about, please let us know. We’re happy to answer any Fractional Laser questions you might have. We want our patients to understand the procedure, recovery times, and expectations.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing FAQ

Everything you could ever want to know about Fractional Lasers, but didn’t know to ask.

Getting To Know Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Why Laser Resurfacing therapy is so amazing!

Information About Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Okay I'm ready for smoother skin without uneven tone.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing Precautions

Concerns you might have about Laser Resurfacing.

Getting To Know Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Getting To Know Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Why Laser Resurfacing therapy is so amazing!

Fractional Laser treatments use laser light to remove outer layers of damaged skin to stimulate healthy new skin growth. Laser resurfacing treats skin tone, texture, wrinkles, sun damage, and scarring.

Intense light beams create heated columns in the outer dermal layers to stimulate collagen production. This boost in new collagen strengthens skin while evening out skin texture softening wrinkles, scarring, and other surface issues.

Most people tolerate fractional laser treatments very well and report a warming sensation like tiny heated pinpricks on the skin. Before treatment, we administer a topical numbing cream to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure.

Time will vary depending on the region being treated. You can expect to spend at least an hour during your visit comprised of checking in, anesthetic application, procedure, and post-treatment care.

While most of your skin regions will tolerate laser treatments, popular areas include the face, neck, chest, and hands.

The results from laser resurfacing can last for many years with proper at-home skincare. Unfortunately, lasers can’t stop the aging process, so many of our clients will start an annual regiment of touchup procedures to keep aging skin looking youthful.

When compared with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and IPL treatments, they certainly are. But they are also able to treat more severe skin conditions than those procedures. During your consultation, we review costs involved with the laser treatments required to your goals.

When compared with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and IPL treatments, they certainly are. But they are also able to treat more severe skin conditions than those procedures. During your consultation, we review costs involved with the laser treatments required to your goals.

Information About Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Information About Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Okay I'm ready for smoother skin without uneven tone.

Yes! We will discuss your skin and how other treatments like Botox and Fillers can complement laser resurfacing during your consultation. We will design a full treatment plan with timelines for you to achieve your goals.

Patients can expect the treated area to heal in about two weeks. Post-treatment care will be essential to your treatment’s success and healing time. In the first three days, avoid using any skincare products and cleanse your skin with cool to luke-warm water; after day three, hydrate skin with a moisturizer that won’t irritate. If you need assistance choosing a moisturizer, consult your clinician for recommendations.

It is not uncommon for clients to only require a single laser treatment. But everyone has a unique skin profile and may require multiple sessions to treat deeper wrinkles and more severe scarring.

Acne scarring that resulted in raised or depresses skin can see substantial improvements with treatment. Fractional treatments cause your body’s healing to boost collagen, which in turn evens out surface texture.

While laser treatments are one of the more invasive procedures we perform, they are very well tolerated by our patients. In preparation for your laser skin treatment, we can apply a topical anesthetic to manage any discomfort you may experience. Most people describe a sensation of warm pins and needles.

Full results will be realized 3–6 months down the road, but you will likely start to notice improvements in skin texture and tone three weeks post-laser treatment.

Expect to recover the next 7 to 10 days, after which you can return to public life. Three to four weeks post-procedure, your skin will remain pink while it heals. Keep in mind person is different and may experience longer or shorter recovery times.

Common skin conditions treated with fractional lasers include but are not limited to acne scars, brown spots, pigmentation issues, enlarged pores, texture problems, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Fractional Laser Treatments require minimal downtime. During the first ten days, your skin will experience some redness and mild swelling followed by minor peeling and flaking. You will likely want to stay home during that time. After that, you will experience some pinkness while your skin continues to heal. Be sure to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure in the coming months for the best results.

Over the first three days, it is essential to avoid skincare products and cleanse your face with cool or luke-warm water. Do not use abrasive scrubs, wash rags, or any other harsh cleaning products while your skin is healing. Be sure to use a full-spectrum sunscreen and a hypoallergenic moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Discuss any questions you have on safe skincare products with your clinician. They will also review a post-procedure recovery plan for you.

Neither is better than the other; each procedure is dependent on your unique skin profile. Lasers are more powerful and can treat more severe skin conditions but do require a much longer recovery time. During your consultation, we will discuss the right treatment for your skin type.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing Precautions

Fractional Laser Resurfacing Precautions

Concerns you might have about Laser Resurfacing.

We don’t recommend that people with ongoing health problems get laser skin treatments. People that have trouble with healing, abnormal scarring, or bleeding disorders should also avoid fractional laser procedures. Individuals should be Accutane-free for a year before attempting treatment. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also not candidates for skin resurfacing.

We can’t recommend laser treatments at this time since there are no long-term safety studies on pregnant or breastfeeding women and their unborn child. Your skin, however, will likely be beaming with a beautiful glow due to all of the growth hormones that come along with pregnancy.

It isn’t uncommon for some patients to experiences minor swelling and redness post-treatment. In some cases, people have also experienced mild acne breakouts.

Before & After
Fractional Laser Resurfacing

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Before After
Before After
Before After
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COMMON LASER RESURFACING USES

Fractional Lasers can be used on almost any part of the body, most commonly on the face, neck, chest, and hands. It is also used on the arms, legs, and back. Fractional laser resurfacing helps reduce the appearance of sun damage, skin pigmentation associated with photoaging (skin damage caused by UV rays), facial lines and wrinkles, surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks. During the recovery process, collagen's supporting structure is remodeled with the addition of new collagen cells, replacing old, damaged ones. This boost of development helps improve and tighten loose or sagging skin.

COMMON LASER RESURFACING USES

Fractional Lasers can be used on almost any part of the body, most commonly on the face, neck, chest, and hands. It is also used on the arms, legs, and back. Fractional laser resurfacing helps reduce the appearance of sun damage, skin pigmentation associated with photoaging (skin damage caused by UV rays), facial lines and wrinkles, surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks. During the recovery process, collagen’s supporting structure is remodeled with the addition of new collagen cells, replacing old, damaged ones. This boost of development helps improve and tighten loose or sagging skin.
Common Uses For Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Premier Medical Aesthetics
Address: 3257 Camino De Los Coches, Suite 305, Carlsbad, CA 92009 • (760) 642-7014
About Our Office
Our modern medical office is run by a team of aesthetic professionals with years of experience. From dermatology to anti-aging treatments, we offer the latest services of a doctor’s office with the care and pampering of a medical spa. Experience the difference with our Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatments.
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Finding the best laser skin rejuvenation in Carlsbad shouldn’t be difficult. Our office is conveniently located in the Los Coches Medical Building on the corner of Camino De Los Coches and Rancho Santa Fe Road. If you see Sprouts Farmers Market, you’re just a few feet away. Call to schedule your appointment today.
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We provide the best Fractional Laser Treatments to the local Carlsbad area and nearby communities of La Costa Oaks, Aviara, La Costa Greens, La Costa Valley, Bressi Ranch, San Elijo Hills, Leucadia, and more as well as its neighboring cities of Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Olivenhain, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Vista, Oceanside, and San Marcos.

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