Fractional Laser Resurfacing

In response to an ever-increasing number of medical skin conditions, the choice of technologies to treat them has also increased. Over the last twenty years, as new light-delivery systems have come onto the market, the use of light as a treatment option has become more common.

Ultraviolet light, for example, is often used to treat the skin disease psoriasis, a condition that causes redness, itching and irritation. Light boxes, which mimic natural sunlight, are used to ease the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression occurring at certain times of the year, usually during winter when natural sunlight is in short supply. Ophthalmologists use light emitting lasers to correct eye conditions such as short sightedness.

Lasers are the latest step in the evolution of light used for medical purposes.

From its infancy in the 1960s, laser technology has progressed remarkably. One aspect of light technology, fractional laser, promises to improve many skin conditions. Fractional laser treatment is the hi-tech equivalent of dermabrasion or deep chemical peels and is rapidly gaining momentum as the treatment of choice for skin resurfacing.

Introduced in 2003, the term fractional simply refers to the method by which light is transferred. Devices that fall under this category are CO2 (carbon dioxide), Erbium or YAG.

Fractional laser therapy is used to treat sun-damaged skin, spider veins, acne scarring, stretch-mark scarring and other aesthetic skin issues such as the removal of lines, wrinkles, brown spots, freckles and hair.

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