August 2016 sees the arrival of a new powerful non-ablative fractionated (Ellipse Frax 1550nm Erbium Glass) laser at Holdsworth House Dermatology. This represents a refinement of Fraxel-style fractional laser technology. This powerful new technology produces microscopic columns or treatment zones of dermal repair and rejuventation.
This can be used to treat:
- Acne scars
- Other types of scarring
- Sun damage and ageing skin changes
- Stretch marks
1550nm fractionated laser technology is non-ablative. This means treatment is:
- 1550nm: this wavelength combined with fractionated laser technology allows for potentially deep skin problems to be treated (acne scars, lines and wrinkles plus textural skin problems)
- Fractionated: only a percentage or fraction of the skin area. This means rapid recovery compared to non-fractional resurfacing devices. This is due to the laser firing columns of energy into the skin to stimulate skin tightening, remodelling and repair. This revolutionized resurfacing laser practice and laser aesthetics.
- Non-Ablative: This leaves the skin surface intact unlike earlier fractionated lasers that ablated or removed part of the skin surface. This allows a fast healing time and avoids associated bleeding or weeping seen with ablative laser technology. This provides great safety benefits.
Combination laser treatments can have greater benefits such as combining Frax 1550 and selective wavelength technology IPL without anymore down time.
With this technology redness and swelling lasting days is the main post treatment consideration. Skin benefits continue to appear over the following weeks and months.
Three to five treatments with the 1550nm are required for significant improvement in acne scars, deeper lines and continued improvement in skin tone and texture.