There is an odd theory out there that laser technology was obtained from extraterrestrial beings. Well, it's obvious where that idea came from, since lasers have been a prevalent presence in Sci-Fi movies for a long time now. If aliens did, for some reason, teach the human race laser technology, it's been to our enormous advantage.
Humans have taken the laser technology to an entirely new level through the use of Fraxel. Since lasers have been used to cut things like metal, it only makes sense that eventually the technology would make its way into cosmetic medicine.
So, what is Fraxel, anyway? It is a pioneering procedure that incorporates laser technology in repairing skin problems, such as acne, age spots, and wrinkles. What is perhaps even more interesting is that the inventors of Fraxel are constantly working on improving the technology, making several different categories of lasers for different procedures.
How does Fraxel rectify the skin problems that it was designed to treat? Let's start with discussing acne. There are two main causes of acne: Dirt, and hormones. While some people might think that acne is strictly a teenage problem, it can affect people at any age – especially people that upset their hormones by being stressed out all the time.
What this procedure does for acne is penetrate the upper layers of the skin, and then attack the area where the dirt and oil has accumulated. Because the laser itself is very hot, the dirt and oil are destroyed. The laser then stimulates the surrounding tissue to regenerate itself, the overall result being clearer skin.
In the case of age spots, this procedure treats one age spot at a time. Age spots are generally caused by too much sun exposure. The increased melanin production, along with the absence of the epidermal elasticity of youth, results in many raised mole-like spots. The laser targets each spot on the surface, breaking up the clusters of melanin, and removing the top most layer of tissue to reveal the clearer skin underneath.
As for wrinkles, it is important to first understand what causes them. As the skin ages, it loses its natural elasticity rather rapidly. Some people are genetically predisposed to having smooth skin well into their old age, but other people generally end up looking like a roadmap. So, this procedure isolates the area around each wrinkle, and stimulates the blood flow to that area. Increased blood flow leads to tissue regeneration, which in turn gives the skin that more youthful look.
If you're interested in having this kind of laser procedure done, it is important to first make an appointment for a consultation with a good dermatologist. Make sure that the dermatologist you choose is certified, and their portfolio for this laser procedure is an excellent one. At your consultation, you will be asked a variety of questions to determine your candidacy for the procedure. You should also take this opportunity to ask any questions you might have about costs, as well as side effects.