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Fractionated laser resurfacing and microneedling are used to decrease the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring while improving the overall texture and smoothness of the skin. They deliver a pattern of tiny dots creating an ablative and/or thermal effect without disturbing the surrounding skin. As these micro-columns heal, collagen synthesis and remodeling occur to produce smoother, brighter, more youthful looking skin.
Prior to the treatment, a topical anesthetic may be applied for 15-20 minutes. With topical anesthetic, the treatment is mildly painful and easily tolerated. After the anesthetic wears off, patients may feel a heat sensation similar to a sunburn.
Tanned skin cannot be safely treated with laser resurfacing, so we ask that you avoid sun exposure for four weeks prior to your treatment and self-tanning products should not be applied to the treatment area two weeks prior. Some patients may be required to use a topical lightening cream for one month prior to treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, be sure to notify your provider prior to your appointment and he or she will prescribe a medication to take the night before that will reduce the likelihood of a breakout. If you are using any products containing a retinoid on the treatment area, we ask that you stop using them five to seven days prior to your treatment.
Downtime is dependent on the type of treatment performed. It can range from a couple days of mild redness, minimal swelling, and dryness to 10 days or more of intense redness, swelling, peeling and scabbing. Your provider will instruct you on what skincare to use following the treatment until the skin is healed.Typical downtime:
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be added onto treatments to reduce downtime by approximately 50% and enhance results.
A series of treatments are recommended, spaced four to six weeks apart.
In addition to reducing downtime post treatment, PRP can be added to ablative treatments to enhance results. Platelets are well known to release numerous growth factors that respond to tissue injury and promote collagen production.
Collagen building takes time, typically 60-90 days. Therefore, results will develop gradually in the months following the initial series of treatments. Maintenance treatments are required to maintain the results.
Fractionated laser resurfacing and microneedling is safe for all skin types and colors. Patients with darker skin types should limit their treatments to Vivace, MicroPen or Pixel RF. In addition, they may be required to pretreat the area with a topical lightening cream for one month prior to treatment. Patients who have taken isotretinoin (Accutane) within the previous 12 months or are currently pregnant cannot have the treatment. Patients with a pacemaker/defibrillator or large metal implant in the treatment area cannot have treatments with Pixel RF. Patients who have a history of radiation treatments, collage/vascular diseases or autoimmune disease may not respond as well. In addition, smoking, excessive alcohol and excessive sun exposure limit results.