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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Fractional Laser Resurfacing 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 
  • Hyper-pigmentation 
  • Stretch marks 

Possible risks

  • Pain 
  • Redness 
  • Peeling 
  • Scabbing 

Estimated cost

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: 

  • Redness 
  • Warmth 
  • Swelling 
  • Tightness 

Patients should avoid sun exposure four weeks after treatment. 

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 condition. 

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