Laser Dermatologists specialise in the treatment of acne scars and we are at the forefront of technology. The clinic has 5 types of Fractional skin resurfacing procedures. The method of fractional treatment will depend on your skin type, scar type and downtime. Fractional radiofrequency is a non-laser method of scar removal, best suited for early, mild to moderate scarring, whilst fractional C02 lasers are best for moderate to severe scarring. Erbium fractional laser is an intermediate fractional laser used in darker skin types.
Fractional laser resurfacing, as the name suggest, treats ‘fractions’ of skin enabling quicker recovery for patients. Most patients will benefit from a series of fractional laser treatments.
Facts on fractional laser treatment
- Fractional lasers such as Fraxel, CO2 RE, and Profractional are at the forefront of acne scar treatments
- Fractional laser treats only a ‘fraction of skin’ which speeds up recovery time and lowers the risks of full laser resurfacing
- Scar improvements of up to 70% can be seen after 3-4 treatments
- Side effects are rare and the procedure is very well tolerated
- Recovery time can be tailored according to each patient, typically 3-5 days
- Erbium Fractional laser has less downtime compared to CO2 and is best suited for darker skin types
- CO2 RE Fractional laser has a longer downtime, however it delivers better results compared to Erbium Fractional laser in lighter skin types
- Fraxel Laser is excellent all round laser and can be used on all skin types. 3-5 treatments are needed for best results
- Non –laser fractional treatments such as RadioFrequency will deliver little or no downtime, however works best for early and very mild scars
- Each patient will have a unique pattern of acne scarring, and a tailored program will give the best possible results
- Skin needling is not fractional resurfacing, however this outdated procedure can be considered as the genesis of fractional skin treatments