Newest and Most Effective Skin Resurfacing Techniques
Fractional resurfacing is one of the newest procedures in skin resurfacing technology, fractional resurfacing works on a portion of the skin and delves deep into the dermis to promote collagen production. Using a laser, this procedure “improves skin texture, uneven pigmentation, deeper wrinkles, acne scars and even stretch marks on patients of all skin types,” according to Dr. Roy Shapiro, who currently is using the General Project USA, “Pixscan” device in his clinics and Medispa.
“Fractional Photothermolysis” seeks to only damage certain zones within the selected target area, (producing tiny dot, or pixel-like treated areas on the skin), leaving the other zones within it perfectly intact; hence only causing fractional damage through the heat of the light source. This allows the skin to heal much faster than if the whole area was treated, as the ‘healthy’ untreated tissue surrounding the treated zones helps to fill in the damaged area with new cells.Fractional Photothermolysis or Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing can therefore be compared to the precise alteration of digital photographs that we are able to do nowadays; pixel by pixel.
Since the early 1990s, lasers have become the high tech equivalent of dermabrasion or deep chemical peels for skin resurfacing (removal of the outer layer of the skin). Laser skin resurfacing declined in popularity due to the development of less aggressive light treatments aimed at skin rejuvenation. Dermabrasion, Dermasanding or Dermaplaning is a surgical procedure that has been performed since the late 1950’s. It is another example of a treatment, which aims to “resurface” the skin. It is similar in its aim to lasers or chemical peels, but uses a machine to remove the outer layer of the skin or epidermis and then the top third part of the dermis of the skin.
In recent years, the use of this particular form of skin treatment has declined as chemical peels and lasers have become more popular. A milder form of dermabrasion, known as micro-dermabrasion, has become very popular recently.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (A.S.A.P.S.), over 27,000 dermabrasion (not including micro-dermabrasion) procedures took place in 2008, a decrease of 17.7% on 2007 statistics.
Dr. Shapiro has written many papers on combination therapies and how he has attained a better outcome and more predictable endpoint for his patients. His latest results combined his Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing along with micro-dermabrasion and home skin care regimens, customized for his in-office protocols.
“After age 45, especially those who have lead an active outdoor life, your skin needs more than lotions and potions. With a little help from these new cutting edge technologies, a patient can expect far better results than in the past with older lasers, light systems, chemical peels and dermabrasion,” says Dr. Shapiro, after 25 years of hands on laser experience.
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