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Fractional Laser FAQ

What is Fractional laser and how does it work?

The Starlux 1540 erbium laser beams actually go deep into the dermis and promote the growth of new collagen in the dermis. This new collagen fills the deficient dermis and plumps the skin beneath the depression. It can help to fill pitted scarring and small holes on the skin’s surface. It can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

How does the Starlux 1540 compare to other technologies when dealing with fractional laser?

The best thing is that the Starlux 1540 is a non-ablative laser which means that the surface of the skin is not damaged or removed during the fractional laser treatment. This means that you do not have to go through the prolonged healing required by old time resurfacing through ablative lasers. Your skin surface is still intact immediately after treatment. What is needed for improvement in most visible scars and stretch marks is the production of new dermis to replace the lost dermis and plump the skin. The main component of the dermis is collagen, and if the dermis can be induced to produce enough new collagen, the depression will be plumped and become less visible. The basis of the new Starlux 1540 process is the production of new collagen in the dermis; thus proving its successfulness on the market as the leading fractional laser technology.

How does the fractional treatment work?

The Starlux 1540 fractional laser hand piece has a small circle at the end which is pressed against the skin, and the laser is turned on. You will feel heat as the machine is turned on; however patients find it easy to tolerate. The skin is not broken, thus your skin is only pink or red after treatment. No open wounds, no skin peel, no need for soaks or dressings. The pink may last 24 hours, but you can use makeup to cover the pink because the skin is intact.

How many Fractional laser treatments Are Needed?

You will need at least 4 treatments spaced 4-5 weeks apart for maximum collagen production and skin plumping. Severe, deep wounds caused by acne or surgery may require more treatments for optimal results.

When Will I See A Result?

After fractional laser, you will see swelling the first two weeks after treatment but this swelling is just the immediate effect of the treatment. New collagen production does not begin for 6 weeks after the treatment, and visible improvement usually is seen by the third month. Remember, we are stimulating the skin to make new collagen, which takes time. There is no quick fix for immediate results, even with surgery. The collagen production continues for six months to a year after the last treatment.

Is fractional laser safe?

Since the Starlux 1540 is a non-ablative laser, the simple answer is yes. When using more ablative lasers for laser resurfacing, the skin is a lot more susceptible to long term damage, short term infection or pigmentation. The fractional laser technology used at Results laser clinic is one of the safest and most reliable technologies worldwide today.