Fractionated Laser Resurfacing

By: Dr. Herrmann
Topics: General


For years we’ve been trying to find the most effective way to rejuvenate the skin and reduce wrinkles and scars with the quickest recovery.  As laser resurfacing technology has improved over the years we are moving closer to finding the “Holy Grail” of skin resurfacing and the fractionated laser skin resurfacing has brought us closer to this goal.

Skin resurfacing has evolved over the years from traditional dermabrasion using a high speed rotating wire brush to chemical peels to laser resurfacing.  Lasers use specific wavelengths of intense light to remove the top layers of the skin. The advantage of laser resurfacing compared to older methods is that we can precisely control the depth of resurfacing and the percent of skin we resurface to reduce the downtime and risk while still achieving great results.

Traditional laser resurfacing involved removing the entire top layers of the skin. This produced great results but the healing time was significant and patients found this difficult. Fractionatedresurfacing uses intense beams of laser light to “drill” microscopic channels into the skin with skip areas of unaffected skin in-between these channels.  These “channels” created in the skin heal with new collagen which tightens the skin, reducing wrinkles and scars. By leaving these “skip” areas the skin heals much faster and the risks of the procedure are greatly reduced. Typically one to three treatments are needed depending on the patient and aggressiveness of treatments. Patients will typically heal within 2-7 days depending on the level of resurfacing.  The face and neck are the most commonly treated areas but others areas that can be treated include the chest, hands and arms.

The two most commonly used fractionated lasers use either the carbon dioxide laser (Fraxel Dual Laser Resurfacing) or the erbium-yag laser (Sciton Profractional or Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser Resurfacing).  These lasers can be used in many ways to achieve the results you want and control the downtime from the procedure.  Micro laser peels are very superficial laser peels that help improve pigmentation and the tone and texture of your skin and heal within 1-3 days.  Deeper fractionated resurfacing is great for fine lines and wrinkles, acne and traumatic scars, stretch marks and improving the overall tone and texture of your skin.  Traditional laser resurfacing using these systems can also be done to treat more stubborn areas like the wrinkles around the mouth and chin. The treatments can be customized using combinations of resurfacing to give you the best results possible.  All of these systems provide great results and are offered by the dermatologists at DuPage Medical Group.

Laser resurfacing is often used in combination with dermal fillers, neurotoxins (Botox Cosmetic or Dysport), and surgical tightening (face lifts) to achieve the best results possible.  We would encourage you to consult with the dermatologists or plastic surgeons at DuPage Medical Group to help you determine exactly what you need to help you achieve your goals and look your absolute best.