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What is a Fractional Laser Treatment?

Fractional laser resurfacing effectively improves texture, pigment irregularities, scarring, pore size, and overall smoothness of the skin.

We use Cynosure’s Icon as our main fractional laser. Fractional lasers treat a ‘fraction’ of the skin surface at a time, leaving islands of normal skin and allowing for a quicker recovery than with traditional laser resurfacing procedures. This is not to say that traditional CO2 resurfacing is a thing of the past, we will continue to offer this dramatic treatment for those with extensive damage.

During your Icon treatment, energy is delivered into micro-columns that penetrate the dermis, all while leaving the surface intact. This results in the activation of your healing response and the formation of new collagen and elastin. A topical anesthetic is applied for an hour prior to your procedure. The downtime varies according to the level of treatment; the more aggressive treatments can expect more redness and swelling.
Collagen production is seen in 4-6 weeks with continued improvement up to 6 months after 1 treatment!

Icon treatments can be performed on any skin surface and can be tailored to meet your schedule and needs. We would be happy to see you in consultation and discuss what you can expect from your Icon treatment.

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