At Goldman Butterwick Fitzpatrick Groff & Fabi, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego our doctors are experts with skin resurfacing laser treatments.
Laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of your face by selectively targeting the superficial layers of skin that contain fine lines or wrinkles, scars and hyperpigmentation. Laser skin resurfacing is now a very safe and common procedure that many people are choosing rather than more invasive surgical procedures. Fractional resurfacing laser treatments can be used to improve the following skin conditions:
- Pigmentation problems (especially brown pigment)
- Age spots, sun spots and sun damage
- Moderate to severe wrinkles
- Textural irregularities
- Lip lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Skin laxity (sagging skin)
1. Active/Deep FX
The Lumenis Active/Deep FX laser resurfacing treatment is a combination of Active FX and Deep FX. When used together they offer a full range of fractional resurfacing:Deep FX offers a deeper micro-ablative treatment to target deeper wrinkles and acne scarring, while Active FX offers a large superficial spot treatment targeting sun damage as well as, tone and texture. With Total FX we are able to achieve maximum results in collagen production and skin resurfacing in one single treatment. Learn more about Active/Deep FX.
2. Fraxel Re:pair
Fraxel re:pair ™ (or Fraxel repair) is a revolutionary and effective procedure in the treatment of wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, sun-induced redness, scars and irregularities of the skin, normally in only one treatment. The recovery time associated with Fraxel re:pair ™ is significantly less than traditional laser treatments and the procedure has proven more effective than skin treatments used in the past. According to Solta Medica, the makers of Fraxel Laser, our physicians Dr. Fitzpatrick and Dr. Groff have performed more Fraxel re:pair procedures than any other practice worldwide. At GBFGF, you are in the best hands in all of San Diego. Learn more about Fraxel Repair.
3. Fraxel Re:store Dual
Fraxel Restore Dual is a non-ablative erbium fractional laser, and literally two lasers in one. It requires multipletreatments, but each with less downtime than the Fraxel Repair CO2. The Fraxel Restore Dual is excellent for improving brown spots and brown pigment in the skin, fine lines, scars and skin texture. We are proud that our physicians Dr. Fitzpatrick and Dr. Groff have performed more Fraxel Restore Dual procedures than any other practice worldwide, and Dr. Fitzpatrick was involved in its development. At GBF&G, you are literally in the best hands in all of San Diego.
This procedure is much less invasive than other methods used to improve the appearance of your face. Recovery is easier with little to no downtime. Laser skin resurfacing benefits include:
- Smoother and fresher looking skin
- Improved tone and texture
- Fewer wrinkles around the eyes
- Reduced appearance of acne and surgical scars
Dr. Fabi’s Patient Discusses Her Results From PDT & Fraxel
How does fractional resurfacing work?
Fractional laser creates thousands of tiny microthermal zones deep into the skin, which the skin repairs by pushing out the old, damaged skin and replaces it with new, fresh skin. Each treatment stimulates the regeneration of the deeper collagen and elastin tissue, while resurfacing about 20% of your’s skin’s surface. It triggers the body’s own natural healing process, accelerating the production of new collagen and healthy skin cells.
How is the fractional laser resurfacing procedure performed?
The very first step will be to thoroughly clean your skin to ensure all oils are removed. After that an antibiotic is applied to ensure any bacteria that may be on your skin (all skin has some bacteria) is removed. The next step will involve use of the laser; short high intensity light emissions from the laser are used to remove layers of wrinkled/damaged skin. This is done by passing a beam of light over the skin to vaporize the outer most layers that are damaged or wrinkled.
Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing
You may experience swelling and mild discomfort, this is normal. We can reduce the swelling by applying a cold pack directly to the treated area. In some instances a bandage may be used in order to protect the treated skin and keep it dry.
Fractional Resurfacing Laser Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a fractional resurfacing procedure take?
Fractional laser resurfacing treatments are generally quick, lasting around 30 minutes to an hour. The length of the procedure depends on how many areas of the face, neck or chest are being treated.
How many fractional laser resurfacing treatments will I need?
Patients usually need a series of laser treatments in order to see the best results. Our doctors will usually recommend 3-5 laser treatments, every 3-8 weeks. The exact number of treatments varies and depends on the needs of the patient and factors such as age, skin type, etc.
What are the side effects of fractional resurfacing?
Fractional laser resurfacing side effects are mild and can include some swelling or redness after the procedure. In rare cases, patients experience some bruising, which can take up to 2 weeks to go away.
When will I see the results of the fractional resurfacing treatment?
Visible results from fractional resurfacing laser treatments can vary. There are essentially two stages of results: immediate and progressive. Immediately after your first laser treatment your skin will feel smoother, look brighter and the tone will become more even. Your skin will continue to improve over the next six months as you have more treatments and the deeper layers of skin continue to improve.
How long do the effects of the fractional resurfacing laser last?
The results of the laser treatment are long lasting, but not permanent. The better your take care of your skin and protect it from the sun, the longer the results will last. You might need annual touch-up treatments to keep your skin looking its best.
How much downtime should I expect after a fractional resurfacing treatment?
There is minimal downtime after a fractional resurfacing laser treatment. Right after the procedure your skin will probably appear red and slightly swollen, but this will fade within 1-3 days. Many patients are able to cover up the redness the next day and return to work or daily activities. Additionally, many patients experience some skin peeling within the first week after the treatment. Using a moisturizer will help reduce the appearance of flakey skin.
Do fractional laser resurfacing treatments hurt?
Many patients compare laser resurfacing treatments to being snapped with a rubber band combined with head. To minimize the discomfort or pain a topical anesthetic is applied prior to the procedure. After the treatment some patients experience a tingling sensation similar to that of a sunburn, but this normally goes away within a few hours.
How much does fractional resurfacing cost?
The cost of fractional laser resurfacing varies depending on what laser is used and the size of the area that is being treated. We would be more than happy to give you a personalized fractional resurfacing treatment plan and cost estimate during a consultation with one of our expert laser dermatologists.
Fractional Resurfacing Before & After Pictures
To see more fractional laser resurfacing before and after pictures see our photo gallery.
Please contact Goldman Butterwick Fitzpatrick Groff & Fabi, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at 858.657.1002 If you have questions and need more information on skin resurfacing in San Diego call and schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.