Over time our skin ages, becoming duller, blotchy, and wrinkled. Sun exposure, heredity, smoking, acne scarring, and the movement of facial expression contribute to this unwanted “weathered” look. Over the years technology has evolved to help patients look and feel better about their damaged skin: improving texture, wrinkles, scars, and imperfections. At Maryland Dermatology Laser, Skin, and Vein, the board-certified dermatologists have performed research with multiple lasers to help achieve the goal of improving wrinkles, skin tone, and scarring while minimizing recovery time and side effects. They have lectured and published their results.
Fortunately, less invasive alternatives are now available that replace traditional, very painful CO2 lasers. “Fractional” laser technology delivers light in patterns of small microbeams, basically “pixels” of laser energy similar to the pixels of the computer screen you are using. The exact technology varies from one laser to another. The very narrow beams heat the dermis in tiny columns, stimulating collagen remodeling as well as affecting the epidermis. Because only part of the skin is treated, the outer layer is not vaporized, and the skin is not left raw.
The benefits of fractional laser treatments become apparent over weeks to months after treatment. Typically a series of at least three to five sessions is necessary. Whether your schedule permits an hour, a day, or a week of redness after treatment, there is most likely a fractional laser that will improve your skin. You have a choice of which fractional laser treatment to have and, importantly, who will provide the treatment.
At Maryland Dermatology Laser, Skin, and Vein, we offer exceptional choices in a comprehensive approach towards better skin. We can explain the differences between fractional lasers and customize the approach for you. We have more than twenty years of laser experience that compliments our dermatologic expertise and professionalism.