Fractional laser resurfacing is a non-invasive laser treatment that delivers precise microbeams of laser light energy into the deeper layers of the skin allowing for collagen production and improvements in tone and texture. This laser allows for deeper targeting of wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation, and stretch marks. Through targeted columns of energy, healing and collagen production is stimulated in the areas of laser deliver. Areas surrounding the columns are left untreated, thereby reducing the recovery time.
The treatment offers visible results promptly with a short period of downtime. Treatments average approximately 45 minutes and are well tolerated with local numbing creams. This is a phenomenal treatment for those looking to rejuvenate your face, neck, chest, and even hands.
Starting at $1250/session face
Prices for stretch mark treatments can vary based on size and location.
Packages can be customized to meet your need with additional promotional discounts. This can be discussed during your consultation if you choose to purchase multiple sessions.
Laser Treatment Care
Avoid deep tanning (tanning bed, tanning creams) 4 weeks before, and 4 weeks after the treatment. If you must go in the sun, use a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher with a mineral component (zinc/titanium). Sun exposure can lead to pigmentary changes.
If you are tan or have a darker skin type, we can utilize different laser settings that can assist you in your skin renewal needs. We will provide a complementary skin care consultation on the same day as your procedure.
Avoid any irritating skin products 7 days prior to treatment.
It is recommended that you arrive with a clean face free of makeup if possible.
It is best that you refrain from tweezing or waxing (1 week prior).
Do NOT use accutane (6 months prior) or retinol prior to treatment (hold retinol for 7 days). No recent peels or aggressive facial treatments close to the treatment. If you have ever taken gold supplements or gold medication therapy please advise our office prior to treatment.
DO NOT wear make-up, deodorant, perfumes or powder on the areas to be treated.
If you have a history of herpes (cold sore), please inform our office so that we can prescribe suppressive therapy prior to your treatment. PLEASE INFORM OUR OFFICE IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF COLD SORES.
Remember: Hydrate the skin after treatment to achieve the best outcome. Our aesthetician will be happy to discuss the best regimen post treatment.
Post- Treatment Instructions
Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and bumps at the treatment site. It is normal for the treated area to feel like sunburn. Keep the area cool and hydrated. Moisturizing ointment or Aquaphor are recommended post-treatment. Avoid hot showers. Hold retinol products for 5-7 days after the treatment.
Avoid makeup after the treatment for 24 hours. Use moisturizer frequently and freely on the treated area.
Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of dark or light spots. Use sunscreen SPF 30 or greater at all times throughout the course of treatment.
Anywhere from 7-14 days after the treatment, shedding of the skin may occur. Do not pick, pull or rub these areas to avoid inadvertent complications. You may notice pigment raising up to the surface. Due to the treatment, the pigment will likely lift and shed a few weeks after the procedure.
Is there downtime with fractional laser?
This procedure is well tolerated with a short period of downtime. You may experience some redness after the procedure but generally this will dissipate a 24-48 hours later. It can be performed at different levels to help fit into your lifestyle. Tell us your goals and let us help you make the best decision for your lifestyle.
When can I restart my retinol?
Our patient's love our Tretinol® and other skincare products, however, we usually recommend holding any retinol products for 5-7 days. We can advise you of this at your visit.
How often is a treatment done?
Fractional resurfacing treatments can be done every 2-4 weeks until the desired effect is obtained. We generally recommend 3-5 sessions to optimize results. Maintenance treatments in the future are recommended. Stretch marks may benefit from an average of 5-6 sessions.
Who will perform fractional laser treatments?
In New Jersey, only physicians are legally permitted to operate laser devices. We recommend going to a board certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon for the best in safety and results.
When will I see results from fractional resurfacing laser treatment?
While most patients will benefit from a series of treatments, you should see results after one treatment. Collagen production continues to improve for approximately 3 months after your final treatment.