Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Aging Skin
Learn more about treatment options for aging skin.
In fractional laser skin resurfacing, a device called a
fractional laser delivers precise microbeams of laser light into the lower
layers of skin, creating deep, narrow columns of tissue coagulation. Coagulated
tissue in the treatment area stimulates a natural healing process that results
in fast growth of healthy new tissue.
The procedure can be used on the face, neck, chest, arms and
hands. Discomfort during treatment typically is minimal. The approach produces
long-lasting results with virtually no downtime. A series of treatments over a one-
to four-week interval may be required to achieve the desired results.
Why choose fractional resurfacing for aging skin
Fractional skin resurfacing is an excellent choice for:
- Fine lines
- Wrinkle resurfacing
- Stretch marks
The average cost for laser/light therapy is between $1,150
and $1,750. Since most medical insurance companies consider non-ablative skin
resurfacing therapy a cosmetic procedure, it usually is not covered.
How to prepare for the procedure
- Avoid sun exposure two weeks before treatment.
- Let your doctor know if you have a history of cold sores.
What to expect after the procedure
Recovery time following treatment is minimal. Many patients
observe positive changes within a few days. Some patients experience one or
more of the following conditions in the treated area:
Patients should avoid sun exposure four weeks after
Find a doctor for your aging skin treatment
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Laser
Therapy” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 152,000 laser resurfacing procedures, up from 82,000 in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a
variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to
evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s