Advantages and Disadvantages of Fractional Resurfacing

Fractional resurfacing, like laser treatment, uses the power of the high powered light beams to separate layers of skin, to leave a rejuvenated look. However, fractional resurfacing often takes less time to complete full rejuvenation procedures.

Advantages of Fractional Resurfacing

  • Fractional resurfacing uses lasers to fully rejuvenate specified areas of the skin. Rather than a full face procedure, the fractional method targets only problematic areas so time and money do not go wasted on areas that require no treatment.
  • The fractional resurfacing method often takes less than one full hour for a complete treatment to conclude, making the procedure one of the most time efficient choices available.
  • Unlike other low powered laser treatments, fractional resurfacing provides a more intense method that provides longer lasting results and less treatment visits. Patients who undergo fractional resurfacing do not require several visits throughout the year, but rather only a few.
  • Fractional resurfacing practices have received the approval from the Food and Drug Administration as a feasible method for wrinkle and skin damage treatment.
  • Many fractional resurfacing procedures provide optimal rejuvenation and solutions to freckles, scarring from acne, facial folds and wrinkles near the eyes (and aging spots).

Disadvantages of Fractional Resurfacing

  • Fractional resurfacing, still a fairly new procedure, has room for improvement and testing.
  • As a new treatment, fractional resurfacing usually costs close to a minimum of 1000 dollars per treatment. Larger treatment areas result in much larger costs of around 10,000 dollars in some cases.
  • The procedure does cause mild prickling and pain during treatment, opposed to many other low powered laser rejuvenation therapies.
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