Fraxel or Laser Resurfacing
Fraxel is a non-ablative resurfacing laser with significantly reduced down-time. Fraxel can treat the skin very deeply to stimulate collagen yet it does not burn off or remove the top layer of the skin. Although one Fraxel treatment is not as effective as a single fully ablative CO2 laser resurfacing, Fraxel still results in a significant amount of collagen production and improvement of skin wrinkles and age spots. Multiple Fraxel treatments can produce results similar to a single fully ablative CO2 laser resurfacing. The Fraxel laser is gentle enough to treat the neck and chest as well as other areas on the body.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing works by peeling away the older, wrinkled, sun damaged layer of skin, and allowing a new layer of skin to take over. As a new skin layer appears, it comes with a brand new layer of healthy collagen, which is why the appearance of wrinkles is dramatically improved. Because this is your own collagen, it will stay as part of your skin for years to come.
Why does the skin wrinkle with aging?
Our skin is primarily made up of water, collagen, and other supporting materials such a hyaluronic acid and elastin. Normally, the collagen fibers are stacked on top of each other, much like bundles of spaghetti. These collagen fibers can glide against each other and have excellent elasticity. With aging, caused by sun damage, smoking, or passage of time, these collagen fibers reduce in number and the remaining ones become damaged and tangled. These damaged collagen fibers lack the elasticity and recoil of normal collagen and are ‘stiffer’. This combination of collagen loss and stiffness of the remaining damaged collagen is the biological reason for wrinkling of aged skin.
What do I do next?
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