Fractional Skin Resurfacing

As you age, your skin looks duller, more damaged and less elastic. You may find that even with a strict daily skincare regimen, you don’t have the smooth, even-toned complexion you once had in your youth. You need a treatment that remodels your skin at the cellular level, encouraging higher levels of the collagen and elastin that will make your skin resilient. Get the complexion you want with fractional resurfacing—no surgery needed!

What fractional skin resurfacing can do for you
  • Tighten your skin.
  • Rejuvenate your complexion.
  • Shrink pore size.
  • Erase sun damage, including pigmentation irregularities, redness and roughness.
  • Eliminate scars from trauma or acne.
  • Remodel the skin on your face, neck, chest, and hands.
You’ll experience:
  • Smoother, touchable skin.
  • A more even complexion free of blotches and spots.
  • Visibly firmer skin that is more elastic and supple.
  • Less noticeable scars.
  • Healthier skin that’s more resilient.
Why your pro fractional resurfacing treatment at Gartner Plastic Surgery is unique

The technology we offer is specially designed to provide visible improvement with minimal downtime by doing two things:

First, it allows us to precisely control the depth at which the laser penetrates, and the exact tissues that need to be targeted to get the results you want, and second, it only ablates narrow channels of tissue in the target area, leaving surrounding tissues untouched. This initiates the production of fibroblasts (the cells that are responsible for the creation of collagen), while maintaining the structural integrity of the skin. The result is that you’ll enjoy a more comfortable treatment and faster recovery.

Your treatments are performed by Dr. Gartner personally, rather than a “laser tech” or someone who isn’t a licensed medical doctor. This ensures that you’ll undergo safer, more effective treatments that are performed by a double board certified plastic surgeon.

Are you a candidate?

Fractional resurfacing is suitable for any skin type or color. It is designed to treat a wide variety of complexion concerns related to texture or tone caused by the aging process, environment and trauma.

Your consultation

You will meet with Dr. Gartner first to talk about your concerns and have your skin assessed. Based on his medical expertise, Dr. Gartner will then design a comprehensive treatment plan that includes fractional skin resurfacing and/or other modalities to give you the beautiful complexion you want.

How to prepare for your treatment

Fractional laser resurfacing involves laser technology. As a result, you should avoid tanning or prolonged sun exposure for at least two weeks before your treatment. You should also avoid exfoliating or damaging the skin in anyway, since you want its surface to be intact. If your skin is infected or irritated, your treatment may be postponed.

Dr. Gartner may recommend you take antibiotics before your treatment, however please do so only if he advises it.

Your treatment

1. The skin in the target area will be cleaned.

2. A numbing cream may be applied beforehand. Local anesthesia by injection may also be administered.

3. A gel is applied to the target area(s) to improve your comfort.

4. Using a handheld, sterile device, the target area is exposed to the fractionated laser.

5. The treated area(s) will be cleaned and moisturized. A sunscreen will also be applied.

The procedure usually takes up to half an hour, depending on the size of the target area(s).

Your recovery

Your skin will be red and sensitive right after your treatment, much like when you’ve gotten a sunburn. You may also be a little swollen and some bruising may occur, depending on the extent of your treatment. You should make sure to keep the area(s) clean, moisturized and well protected from UV exposure for the first few weeks after your treatment. Generally, the initial recovery takes about four days to a week. During this time, redness, swelling and peeling skin will gradually resolve. Follow Dr. Gartner’s care instructions to speed up the recovery process so that you’ll be able to see your results sooner.

Your results

After your initial recovery, you’ll notice a gradual improvement in your skin as collagen and elastin levels increase. Your complexion will be smoother, firmer and more youthful. Visible results can be seen after a single session, however you may find that a series of three to six are necessary to achieve the improvement you want.

Complications and risks associated with fractional laser resurfacing

The following is list of risks that are associated with this treatment. All are considered rare:

  • excessive swelling
  • scarring
  • hyperpigmentation
  • undesirable results
  • infection

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Article credits

  • Reviewed By:Dr.MichaelGartner
  • Place:3 Winslow Pl, Paramus, NJ, US, 07652
  • Created: 10 May 2015
  • Published: 10 May 2015
  • Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015
  • Reviewed: 19 May 2015

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