What Is Palomar Fractional Resurfacing?

Fractional resurfacing is a laser technique used to treat certain skin disorders such as age spots, wrinkles, scars (including acne scars) or sun damage. The procedure stimulates collagen renewal in the layers of your skin and when the healing process begins, new cells generate and leave the skin smoother. Palomar fractional resurfacing is a newly developed type of fractional resurfacing.

What Is Palomar Fractional Resurfacing?

Palomar Fractional Resurfacing is a complex laser technique, which treats tiny areas of skin by creating the so-called "microholes," while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. These tiny holes or columns stimulate the body's natural healing process and produce new, healthy collagen and help you to have a younger look as well as a firmer skin texture. Some advantages of Palomar fractional resurfacing are:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Less discomfort during the procedure
  • Shorter and easier recovery period
  • Skin areas can be treated with a high degree of precision
  • Multiple pulse settings allow for more comprehensive results in a single treatment
  • Can be adapted to individual needs
  • No need for anesthesia
  • Minimally invasive
  • Epidermis is undamaged and remains as a protective surface until healing of the treated skin layer is complete

How It Works on Skin

Palomar fractional resurfacing can control the length and intensity of laser energy that is used. Pulses of light and energy are sent to the cells under the epidermis. The heat will stimulate the growth of new cells and collagen fibers.

With this procedure, the specialist can use more or less ablation, thus reducing the potential thermal damage. Because this system creates tiny columns of treated tissue, there is no heat accumulation as with traditional laser systems.

A special cooling wand is used to maintain an even temperature during the procedure, cooling the treatment area and offering a greater degree of comfort.

Skin Problems Palomar Treats

Palomar fractional resurfacing can treat some of the following skin problems:

  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Skin tightening
  • Acne scars
  • Scars
  • Texture irregularities
  • Sun damage

Areas of the Body Palomar Treats

Palomar fractional resurfacing treats sun and aging skin damage and other skin imperfections on the face, chest, neck, back or hands.

Effects of Palomar Fractional Resurfacing

After a Palomar fractional resurfacing treatment, the sun damage and scars will fade significantly; you will have an evenly colored skin and your face will look younger, tighter and smoother. Some results will be visible right after the treatment, but optimal results will only be noticeable six to ten weeks after the treatment when the new collagen and healthy skin will replace the damaged skin.

Side Effects

Specialists don't report major complications but temporary redness and swelling can be noticed immediately after the treatment. Skin flaking may also occur, but can be treated with a moisturizer.

To maintain results for the long run, you should adopt a healthy skin care routine which includes regular application of sunscreen and moisturizers.

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