Fractional Laser Resurfacing

If you want the most effective laser treatment that can be used anywhere on the face, body, decollete, then look no further. This is the new “Gold Standard” for laser skin rejuvenation.

The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser has long been known as one of the most effective treatments for fine to moderate lines, wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars. Once one of the most sought after procedures, this treatment had fallen out of vogue as there was significant discomfort after the procedure and healing that takes weeks if not longer.

The newer fractional technology is different as it does not resurface all of the skin, but creates thousands of tiny treated spots with untreated adjacent skin in between. By leaving thousands of areas of untreated epidermis, the skin heals much faster with much less discomfort.

This technology allows one to be treated with one of the most effective treatments, the Carbon Dioxide Laser, but with faster and more comfortable recovery.

Our new Equinox® laser offers all of the features that were seen with the DOT® laser, but with many additional features giving Dr. Bader the flexibility to treat a wide array of conditions from a fine wrinkle to a thick scar.

Hands down this is the best single treatment for skin rejuvenation. Period. Most patients enjoy results after a single treatment with several days downtime. Wrinkles, pigment irregularities, stretch marks, lax skin, and pox marks can all be treated with this great and safe technology.

Dr. Bader has been performing CO2 laser resurfacing since 1995 for the treatment of acne scars, traumatic scars, and wrinkles.

CO2 Fractional Laser

Icon Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing Erbium:YAG

For those who want the least amount of downtime, this might be the best option for you. This laser differs from others in that it leaves the top, dead layer of skin intact. This results in faster healing and little downtime. Most patients experience redness and minimal swelling for 24-36 hours after the procedure and can resume most activities immediately after the procedure. As this is "less aggressive" than its CO2 counterpart, most patients will require 3-6 treatment sessions to achieve their desired results.

What is the Icon Fractional non-ablative laser used for?

It is used to treat acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, and fine lines.

How many treatments are needed and how often?

Most patients will require 3-6 treatment sessions, depending upon what is being treated. Most often these sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart. In some cases, more or less treatment sessions may be recommended.

What kind of results can I expect?

Most properly selected patients achieve a good result. Results can never be guaranteed, but improvement is always seen. The results are not as good as that seen with more aggressive treatments, such as the CO2 laser, but also has far less downtime with each treatment.

How long will the results last?

Most patients will experience a long-lasting result of at least several years or more. Other factors, such as sun exposure, aging, and some medical conditions, may impact the longevity of the results.

What will I look like after my treatment?

The treated areas will look red and slightly swollen after the treatment. The skin may feel warm to the touch. This typically lasts 24-72 hours. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment, although sun-exposure should be avoided for at least 4 weeks for best results.

What will I need to avoid before my treatment?

One must avoid sun-exposure for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. One should not use Retin A, Retinol, Differin, tretinoin, or any wrinkle creams for at least 1 week prior to treatment. One may take blood thinners, which may result in bruising. Please discuss this PRIOR to your treatment date.

What will I need to avoid after my treatment?

Do not use any retinoids, scrubs, masks, or anti-wrinkle preparations for at least 2 weeks after. One should avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.

Is fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing expensive?

While this technology is very expensive, it often costs less than other fractional peels that are NOT non-ablative. Most patients will spend between $1500 and $3000 for a package of 3-6 sessions.

Before & After