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Fractional Co2 Laser Recovery Time
Depends...: Depends on what you're treating for and how fast you want results. Fractional laser will generally get much better results with a single treatment. It will cost more and have more downtime. Micro needling (derma roller) will take more treatments to get similar results, but costs much less and has less downtime. Both work well for acne scarring. PRP can be added to get better anti-aging. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
In how many sessions does erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy show visible results on scars?
Thats a really hard: question. It really depends on the scars (size, thickness, cause, duration). You should speak with the laser surgeon performing the procedure . Make sure they are a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. And Erbium lasers should only be performed by MD! ...Read more
Several years: Most patients who undergo fractional co2 resurfacing will see improvements up to 6 months after treatment. These laser treatments rejuvenate the skin (reduce wrinkles, brown spots, etc) which can take years off your skin. That does not mean that it stops the aging process. You will continue to age from a new, more youthful base. Regular skin maintenance (sunscreen, retina) will prolong results. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can the Fraxel 1550 resurface superficial burn scars from laser tattoo removal? I'm desperate to diminish its appearance.
Possibly: i would say that depending on how irregular or prominent the scar is, it may help blend and smooth the scar. It is unlikely to hurt anything other than your wallet. :) Depending on the size of the affected area you maybe be able to excise the bad areas, but that will leave a scar as well, just likely flat and thin. ...Read more
Yes: Fractional lasers can do a nice job of improving acne scars. I generally treat bad acne scars with a combination treatment, including laser, PRP and sometimes subcision (for the deep ice picks) or fillers/fat transfer. For scarring that is not so severe I will generally start with a course of Laser Genesis (about 5-6 treatments). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking cigarette after done with fractional co2 laser procedure, will it affect the skin rejuvenation process?
Prevention: The best thing you can do for your skin is to prevent injury. This includes stopping smoking. Smoking chokes the small blood vessels that provide the skin nutrition. It causes premature aging, and wrinkles. It will slow you healing after any surgery or skin resurfacing and should be discontinued today. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Either one: There is a fraxel erbium laser and co2 laser.Fraxel means that liitle holes are created in your skin by the laser surrounded by normal skin. This way the skin heals faster than with the older erbium or co2 lasers where the entire surface of the skin was removed.While these lasers gave excellent results in wrinkling there was a high risk of infection, prolonged redness and delayed lightening of ski. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About same: These lasers fraxil is fractionated thus leaving behind islands of healthy skin to promote faster healing and les down time. THe erbium should be fractionated as well , ask your MD because older units are not. These lasers will vaporize to the dermis which will allow for complete rebuilding of the skin and a reduction of the scars. They likely wont go away 100% but you may get a 50% reduction. ...Read more
Fractal laser surgery v fraxel laser surgery I have deep depression scarring and ice pick scarring. What is the difference between fractal laser surgery and fraxel laser surgery? Which one would be best for my type of scarring?
Fractional : Fractional laser that is based on a series is your best option - and most people choose a laser that is low downtime. We have specific experience with fraxel, so our opinion is of course weighted to what we know. By having sequential procedures over a number of months, your collagen build will be stimulated multiple times. Ice pick scarring is especially difficult to improve, even with lasers. Sometimes the best option is to mix procedures. You can have tiny plugs removed that contain the icepick scar and have a suture placed so the skin grows closed inside. You may have a small line scar, but it removes the icepick scar. Sometimes this is a worthwhile alternative. Deep scars which are more saucer or box shaped do well with fraxel laser - depending on the number of scars and the depth, you can expect visible improvement with a treatment program that consists of 5 or more sessions. Most all practices will discount the package pricing to make it more affordable. Unfortunately, the "cosmetic" nature of scarring means it is not covered by most insurance providers. If you choose to undertake a laser program, be sure that you follow all physician recommendations. If your skin is anything but "white", you could have post treatment pigmentation elevation. This is something to discuss with your doctor. Sunblock is mandatory with laser treatment. ...Read more
Therapist said active deepfx laser is non ablative and better than ablative co2 fraxel for deep acne scars. Is this true? Wouldn't ablative be better?
Depends on the site: Lhr is most effective on dark, thick, actively growing hair-rarely more than 20% in any area. Most hairs are in "rest" phase -- fairly immune to all wavelengths and energies. You have to superheat the stem cells in the bulb and bulge of the growing hair follicle in order to kill it - not just make it a smaller, lighter (poorer) target. It takes 5 to 8 sessions over 2 years to get 70+% kill rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laser=light: See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/laser. Light, a form of electromagnetic radiation, see: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/electromagnetic_radiation, used for treatment is just a way of applying heat, i.e. The heat generated when the light is absorbed. What then happens ; the results (down the road) are a result of both the heat damage ; the healing response, locally ; body wide, thus no guarantees. ...Read more
I don't know;: not aware that either was particularly good at flattening hypertrophic scars (keloids). Most lasers work only on hyperpigmented (dark) lesions, most keloids are white. Individual physicians may be tempted to suggest whatever equipment they have. I would suggest that you pose the question on RealSelf, a site that operates somewhat like HealthTap but the docs are aesthetic/plastic surgery docs. ...Read more
Yes and no: Once a scar has been made, there is currently no technology that can create a scarless area but there are several including the derma roller which can help. Techniques are dependent on the experience and skill of the practitioner as well as the response of the individual, all a which are highly variable. For best results, seek someone with a lot of experience with your particular problem. ...Read more
I have hypertrophic scarring from laser tattoo removal ~5 years old. Resurfaced w/ 4 Fraxel Tx. Will this type of scar continue to flatten over time?
Noninvasive therapy: All non invasive therapies have VERY limited results, that is why they are 'non invasive'... If you are looking for minimal to less than modest results than these therapies are for you, but they have a costs $$$$. Just be careful out there... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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