Fractional Skin Resurfacing – New Orleans
Aging, sun exposure, and other factors can leave your skin looking dull and blotchy over time – but you no longer have to live with these cosmetic concerns. Fractional skin resurfacing can restore a smooth, radiant complexion that allows you to feel your best.
Fractional CO2 lasers provide dramatic improvements without the discomfort or downtime associated with traditional ablative lasers. This minimally invasive treatment can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the overall texture of your skin.
With minimal downtime and maximum results, fractional skin resurfacing is the perfect choice for those seeking safe and effective facial rejuvenation.
How Fractional Skin Resurfacing Works
Traditional ablative lasers deliver a beam of laser energy to vaporize skin cells, which stimulates the body’s healing response and causes the skin to scab over. Once the scabs fall off, vibrant skin is revealed. The CO2 fractional laser takes a gentler approach. During this treatment, the laser beam is separated into “fractionates” or thousands of smaller beams of light. These beams of light penetrate the skin and create tiny, controlled injuries.
While traditional ablative lasers target the entire treatment area, a fractional approach produces pixel-like treated areas with only certain zones receiving laser energy. This leaves the surrounding areas unharmed, which aids in healing and results in a quicker recovery time. As the body repairs these microinjuries, the damaged skin is eventually replaced by smooth, healthy skin. This safe and versatile treatment is most commonly performed on the face and neck.
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Ideal Candidates for Fractional Skin Resurfacing
Ideal candidates for fractional skin resurfacing include healthy men and women who would like to address the following cosmetic concerns:
- Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation can be caused by many factors, including too much sun exposure (“sun spots”), melasma, acne, aging, and more. No matter the cause, hyperpigmentation tends to give the face a dull or blotchy appearance. Fractional skin resurfacing can beautifully restore a bright, refreshed complexion.
- Lines and Wrinkles: As you heal from fractional skin resurfacing, the treated areas will get a boost in collagen production. Collagen naturally fills in fine lines and wrinkles, producing a smoother, younger appearance. Fractional skin resurfacing can even be performed on the delicate skin surrounding the eyelids and around the mouth.
- Texture: While some blemishes can easily be concealed, textural issues like deep-pitted acne scars and other surface irregularities cannot be covered by makeup. Fortunately, fractional skin resurfacing can help fill in surface depressions and dramatically improve the texture of your skin.
Depending on your needs, you might also want to try a chemical peel or Fraxel laser treatment. During your consultation, the dermatologists of Être will help you decide which skin rejuvenation treatment would best suit you.
Why Choose Être for Fractional Skin Resurfacing
While fractional skin resurfacing is minimally invasive, it is a powerful treatment that requires the skill of an expert. The board-certified dermatologists of Être are dedicated to patient comfort and safety, and they perform all procedures with the highest level of skill, precision, and artistry. Moreover, Dr. Lisa Donofrio currently serves as the president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, which is the largest surgical dermatology society in the world. She brings this same level of dedication to her practice every day. Dr. Coleman has published several articles about the on the facial aging and truly understands how best to utilize this technology to achieve the results that you desire.
From the moment you’re greeted at Être’s beautifully appointed office, you’ll understand why so many men and women in New Orleans have chosen them for their cosmetic dermatology needs. Both Dr. Lisa Donofrio and Dr. Kyle Coleman combine cutting-edge techniques with a personalized touch, helping patients achieve their cosmetic goals.
New Orleans Fractional Skin Resurfacing FAQs
The duration depends on the area treated. It typically takes two hours or less to complete. This timeframe includes an additional thirty minutes for topical numbing before treatment.
The CO2 is an invasive laser treatment that does cause some discomfort. Still, we ensure our patients are comfortable throughout the entire process. The sensation often feels similar to a pins and needles sensation.
After your skin heals, which can take up to three weeks, you may experience a period of your skin appearing slightly pink. During this time, you will notice improvements in skin texture and tone. Once the skin has completely healed, full benefits can be seen three to six months after the initial treatment.
Improvements from CO2 laser treatment can be enjoyed for several years after treatment. Furthermore, benefits can be prolonged with the disciplined use of SPF+30 sunscreen for protection against UV rays, a strategic anti-aging skin regimen.