Fractional laser resurfacing directs ablative laser pulses on microscopic zones of the skin to remove old and damaged skin cells. This promotes rapid healing from surrounding untreated skin tissues, and stimulates new collagen synthesis, leading to younger, smoother and more rejuvenated skin.
Fractional laser resurfacing is most suitable for treating three types of skin conditions:
Before the procedure, patients are advised to first wash their faces thoroughly and remove any makeup. A special numbing cream is then applied for 15-20 minutes. For patients who want to minimize discomfort during the laser treatment, oral or intramuscular painkillers may be taken prior the procedure. It takes around 30 minutes to complete a session of fractional laser resurfacing.
As this is an ablative procedure, fractional laser resurfacing involves some downtime, which is usually around 4-6 days. Special cosmeceuticals may be prescribed to reduce downtime. Additionally, medicated concealers can be used to minimize the appearance of redness while patients resume work and other regular activities. Patients are advised to refrain from physical activities for around 1 week and to avoid facials for around 2 weeks.