Alternative Procedures to Palomar Fractional Resurfacing

Palomar™ Fractional Resurfacing offers a new approach to younger and flawless appearing skin with its innovative technology. With both the non-ablative and ablative method, the deeper layer of the skin is laser treated, which leaves the healthy outer layer of skin intact. Three pulse functions allow for more precision with each session. New skin tissue and collagen is formed, revealing a fresh new youthful appearance.

A full face or chest can often be performed in about 12 minutes. This noninvasive treatment offers quick healing with less risks and downtime, and a recovery of usually two to four days. Although the downtime is much less than other treatment procedures, the benefits are substantial compared to most other techniques that use only ablative methods. Other alternative procedures to Palomer™ Fractional Resurfacing include the following.

Mixto SX® Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

The Mixto SX® laser allows for even tissue ablation in the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in immediate tightening. The "quadrant" fractional skin resurfacing utilizes a high-speed scanner. Because the area of treatment is delivered in smaller spot areas, no anesthesia is required. A full face treatment will normally take about 20 minutes.


With Fraxel®, about 20 percent of the skin is treated at any given time, allowing for minimal downtime. Sun damaged skin, including brown spots and freckles, can be removed from many areas of the body such as the face, neck, back and chest, along with the back of the hands. Treatments normally take about 1 to 2 hours.

DOT Therapy

DOT Therapy utilizes the SmartXide DOT CO2 laser to treat sun damaged skin, acne scars, wrinkles and more. The treatment usually takes less than an hour, and has little downtime. Results are accurate, with many problem areas being able to be treated at once. The result is quick healing with few risks.

Foto Facial™ Intense Pulse Light/IPL Treatments

IPL Foto Facial™ offers a non-ablative treatment to diminish redness of the skin, unwanted pigmentation, acne scars and more. Treatments take about 30 to 45 minutes with patients often returning to work the same day. As with Palomar™ Fractional Resurfacing, the laser penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, leaving the outer healthy skin intact.

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