What is a Fractional Laser?
You may have been wondering what is this new amazing fractional laser on the market and how does this fractional laser relate to an anti-ageing treatment. Well let’s see if I can answer that for you.
So let me tell you first how this fractional laser works. If we break it down to its simplicities then this is what it is. A laser fires pulses of light into your skin. They are ultra-short pulses (about one trillionth of a second) and they fire uniformly through the different parts of your skin actually stimulating collagen production in the body itself. These pulses of light also shatter the unwanted extra melanin in your skin into minute particles which the body then gets rid of.
So that is what it is and this is how it relates to anti-ageing: These two actions work to fight the signs of anti-ageing because dark spots and the skin losing its elasticity are the main signs of ageing. The melanin breaking down eliminates the sun spots or age spots. The increased production of collagen creates increased tonality and elasticity in the skin bringing back a more youthful appearance.
Well the only last mystery you may still have is why is it called a fractional laser. I am going to explain here but only read ahead if you want to know the technicalities.
The new type of laser light needed a term to differentiate it from past very different types of lasers. Most past lasers fit into two categories either ablative or non-ablative lasers. To ablate means to remove by melting, vaporizing, eroding etc. Therefore ablative lasers just worked on the outer layers of the skin (the epidermis) and non-ablative lasers only worked on the inner parts of the skin (dermal collagen). The revolution with the new type of laser is that it targets fractions of the skin at a time (fractional) BUT deals with both the outer layer of the skin and the inner layers at the same time. This means it can be used to target much more directly exactly what needs lasering and it will have the effect throughout all layers of the skin!
I hope that helps! Check out this link for more info and a handy video. www.pulselightclinic.co.uk/anti-ageing-laser-treatment