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What is the Hybrid Fractional Laser?
Early resurfacing lasers removed a thin layer of the entire surface (or full-field) of the skin. These early full-field resurfacing treatments required several weeks of healing time. In comparison, fractional lasers treat microscopic columns of the skin, leaving the surrounding skin intact. This results in dramatically reduced healing times and increased safety.
Prior to the Hybrid Fractional Laser, patients had to choose between ablative or nonablative fractional resurfacing. Ablative fractional resurfacing, which vaporizes the tissue, produces great results but requires more recovery time. Nonablative fractional resurfacing heats the skin. While nonablative resurfacing is associated with less recovery time, more treatments are required to achieve the same results as an ablative laser treatment.
Previously, you had to choose between an ablative procedure that produced great results but with a lengthy recovery, or a non-ablative procedure with rapid recovery but less impressive results. Now with Hybrid Fractional Laser, you can have the best of both worlds: great results with minimal downtime.
The Hybrid Fractional Laser simultaneously delivers non-ablative and ablative wavelengths to each treatment zone to maximize results and reduce downtime. Hybrid Fractional Laser delivers therapeutic non-ablative energy deep within the skin to stimulate collagen, as well as ablative energy more superficially to address pigmentation and skin texture.
Our Comprehensive Approach to Hybrid Fractional Laser
You are unique, and your Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment will be tailored to your unique skin type, concerns and goals. That's why it's crucial that you meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists for a thorough skin assessment and discussion of your goals. Our expertise allows us to formulate a treatment plan that will address your specific needs.
Hybrid Fractional Laser is tuneable to allow its use on any skin type. Topical anesthetic is applied prior to your treatment. Once your skin is numb, the Hybrid Fractional Laser handpiece is passed over the treatment area. Most patients find that they experience a mild prickly sensation during the treatment.
Once your treatment is complete, aftercare products are applied to protect your skin and promote healing. Most patients are able to resume their normal daily activities the day after their Hybrid Fractional Laser treatment. Depending on the depth of your treatment, makeup may be applied two to three days later.
You will see improved pigmentation and texture of your skin within 5 days following your treatment, while dermal collagen regeneration continues for months. Hybrid Fractional Laser results are long-lasting and can be maintained and further enhanced with subsequent Hybrid Fractional Laser treatments combined with BroadBand BBL.
Hybrid Fractional Laser FAQ
Hybrid Fractional Laser combines ablative and non-ablative fractional laser energies to improve pigmentation, reduce pore size, stimulate collagen and prevent and improve fine lines and wrinkles.
Yes, Hybrid Fractional Laser stimulates collagen production which helps to reduce and prevent fine lines.
Hybrid Fractional Laser achieves long lasting improvements in pigmentation and fine lines. Results are evident within one week of your treatment, when you’ll note more even pigmentation and enhanced texture. Hybrid Fractional Laser stimulates collagen production deep in the skin and this continues for three to six months. The aging process and sun exposure result in loss of approximately 1% of your skin’s collagen per year. An optimized skin care routine can help to prolong your results.
A topical numbing cream is applied prior to your treatment to improve your comfort. A prickly sensation may be felt during your treatment, but most patients find it to be quite tolerable.
It depends on the depth of your treatment, but typically you are able to apply makeup two or three days following your treatment.
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