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Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fraxel, Harmony XL) - Fort Worth, TX

Overview

Laser skin resurfacing with the Fraxel Restore or the Alma Harmony XL Pixel is a nonsurgical procedure that rejuvenates the skin on the face and body by improving fine lines and wrinkles, textural differences from aging or acne scarring, large pores, sun damage and blemishes. The lasers safely heat damaged skin layers for a smoother, brighter complexion. At Anderson MedSpa of Fort Worth and Weatherford, Fraxel laser systems are used for ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing, while the Harmony XL is also available in Fort Worth.


Fraxel®

Every day our skin is exposed to damaging chemicals, stress, gravity and free radicals, all of which add up over time, keeping your skin from looking as good as you feel. Restore the glow of youthful skin with Fraxel Laser Resurfacing. These lasers treat problem areas on the face and body by delivering a focused energy, leaving the surrounding, healthy tissue untouched. With immediate and progressive results, laser skin resurfacing addresses imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring,age spots, and may help minimize the appearance of pores and melasma. The Fraxel laser treatment is patented and has been cleared by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to safely, gently and effectively resurface your skin from the inside out. By stimulating collagen growth, your skin’s natural rejuvenation process will smooth wrinkles and scars from the inside out and rejuvenate skin cells to treat deeper layers of skin. Help reverse the visible effects of aging and reveal a smoother, fresher, younger looking appearance. Fraxel treatments are available at the Fort Worth and Weatherford MedSpas of Plastic Surgery Texas.

Alma Harmony® XL

The Harmony XL laser system by Alma Lasers™ performs non-ablative skin resurfacing for mild to moderate skin concerns including wrinkles, fine lines, and dyschromia. The Harmony XL is gentle enough to be used on the face, neck, chest, and hands with little or no recovery time needed. Used at the Fort Worth MedSpa of Plastic Surgery Texas, licensed medical aestheticians use the Harmony XL laser system to safely create micro-injuries to the skin, which prompts the body to increase its production of collagen and elastin. The increased supply of collagen and elastin improve the skin's texture, tone, and quality.

Procedure Technique

Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. During this process, damaged skin cells on the outer layer are stripped away, leaving a new layer of healthy skin to grow. If small sections of the face are being addressed, the procedure will typically take about 30 minutes. A full-face treatment, or larger areas of skin, can take up to 2 hours. Multiple treatment sessions in a package are usually needed to attain the desired results.

Ablation Vs. Non-Ablation

Laser skin resurfacing can be found in two forms: ablative and non-ablative. During an ablative procedure, an intense beam of laser light energy is directed at the skin, removing the outer layers. This process requires mild sedation and generally results in a longer recovery. The results, however, can be a bit more dramatic, making it an excellent solution for severely damaged or aged skin. A non-ablative laser does not remove any layers of skin during the procedure, but instead it stimulates the growth of collagen, which helps tighten underlying skin and the outermost damaged layers peel and flake off over the next week. This process offers a lighter recovery. Results can be seen within 1 week following the procedure, but will steadily improve over the course of multiple sessions.

Technical Variations

Considered the gold standard among many practitioners is CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser resurfacing. This is an ablative method, which removes both the epidermis and some of the underlying dermis to promote collagen growth so new, healthy skin can thrive. Examples include the Sciton Laser Skin Resurfacing System, the UltraPulse CO2 and the Fraxel re:pair (fractional CO2) lasers. These are newer generation lasers that deliver short-pulse light energy as well as continuous light beams to produce customized results for each patient’s specific needs.

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During/After The Procedure

Some mild swelling and redness will occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. It is common for the face to look and feel tight as it prepares the outermost layers to darken, flake, and peel off. As the skin heals, the underlying skin may appear red or pink for several weeks. Normal activities can usually resume within a couple of days. Patients who have sensitive skin or who have had adverse reactions to facial products may have increased side effects and longer recovery time. Laser skin resurfacing will leave the face exposed with a new layer of healthy, yet sensitive, skin. It’s advised to wear sunscreen every day and limit sun exposure as much as possible for the next 6 weeks.

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

The licensed medical aestheticians at Plastic Surgery Texas are laser safety trained as some of the most advanced practitioners in the industry. This procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced individual can damage the skin unintentionally. It is important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be beautiful and long-lasting.

While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be long-lasting. As patients continue to age, they may consider additional treatments annually to maintain the desired complexion.

Ablative and non-ablative lasers are used to treat completely different levels of damage. Each have varying degrees of intensity and recovery but both techniques provide beautiful results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which option is best for you. Factors include the patient’s aesthetic goals, skin type and how much downtime can be tolerated.

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