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Fractional vs. Traditional Lasers: Making the Best Decision for Your Skin

Posted April 30, 2024 in Laser Resurfacing Procedures

What if you could reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars and trade them for rejuvenated, youthful-looking skin? With Fractional Radio Frequency and traditional laser treatments–you can have that and more! 

The Medical Spa believes the most uniform results can be delivered using the best laser resurfacing technology available.

While each individual is different, some patients may have successful results with three to four treatments, but others may require more sessions to achieve dramatic results.

Laser resurfacing on woman's cheek in professional setting.

What is Fractional Radio Frequency? 

Fractional Radio Frequency is exactly as it sounds. With this device, only a fraction of the skin’s surface is exposed to radio frequency. The Medical Spa uses PiXel8-RF, a minimally invasive, bi-polar, radio frequency system that disperses radio frequencies via micro-needles deep within the dermis. 

This advanced technology is highly effective in repairing and rejuvenating damaged skin. Here are five other advantages: 

  • This treatment is safe and effective for all skin tones.
  • You’ll experience decreased hyperpigmentation and a more even skin tone. 
  • Your skin will look smoother and feel firmer.  
  • Fractional Radio Frequency offers minimal downtime, allowing you to return to normal activities within a few hours after treatment. 
  • The procedure offers quick and fabulous results. 

This impressive treatment allows you to easily improve how your skin looks and feels, without having surgery or lengthy recovery times.

Whether you have damaged skin from the sun or want to improve the texture, the results will leave your skin healthier and softer while improving color evenness.

What is the Recovery After Fractional Radio Frequency Like? 

This procedure is quick and typically takes 20-45 minutes, depending on the size and location of the treatment area. Here is what to expect when it’s over: 

  • Your skin will be warm and red for up to 24 hours. 
  • You may experience mild swelling and discomfort. For more aggressive treatments, redness and flaking of the targeted areas may last up to five days. 
  • You can resume your regular skincare and makeup routine 24 hours after treatment. 

While each individual is different, some patients may have successful results with three to four treatments, but others may require more sessions to achieve dramatic results.

Fractional resurfacing on spot in professional setting.

What is a Traditional Laser? 

Traditional lasers are versatile treatments that address many skin concerns. The Medical Spa offers a MicroLaser Peel, an intra-epidermal laser peel that precisely ablates a specific skin depth. It can remove the entire outer layer of skin and is different from microdermabrasion or chemical peels. 

Whether you have damaged skin from the sun or want to improve the texture, the results will leave your skin healthier and softer while improving color evenness. Here are six other advantages: 

  • This procedure significantly improves skin smoothness.  
  • You’ll have a noticeably refreshed and even skin tone.  
  • This treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots. 
  • Traditional lasers increase collagen production and encourage tightened healthy-looking skin.  
  • It provides a more precise and effective treatment than chemical peels or microdermabrasion. 
  • It can be used on areas other than the face, including the chest, neck, and hands. 

Furthermore, you’ll observe immediate results after one treatment. However, the number of treatments needed may vary from patient to patient.

Skin that’s treated with traditional lasers may react differently. However, the healthier your skin is before the procedure, the faster the healing time is.

What is the Recovery Like After Traditional Laser Resurfacing? 

This procedure can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Here is what to expect after your procedure: 

  • You may experience redness, mild swelling, or a sunburn-like sensation that lasts 2 to 8 hours after the procedure. 
  • Aquaphor or vaseline should be applied 2-3 times daily during the first three days. 
  • You can resume your regular skincare and makeup routine after three days. 
  • Avoid sun exposure for up to four weeks after treatment. 

Skin that’s treated with traditional lasers may react differently. However, the healthier your skin is before the procedure, the faster the healing time is.

Woman of color in white spa robe viewing clear skin in mirror.

Which Treatment is Best for My Skin? 

Both treatments provide stunning results. However, the biggest difference is that RF micro-needling involves an additional element of radio frequency energy (heat), which offers faster results. Traditional lasers include special devices that produce micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, initiating collagen and elastin production. 

You deserve beautiful skin. The Medical Spa focuses on a results-oriented and customized approach, and we provide you with the latest advances in skincare and renewal to help you look and feel your best. 

Furthermore, Dr. Marcus Jimenez’s commitment to surgical innovations, skill, and artistry has distinguished him as a leader in the field of skin enhancement. 

Contact us today and discover which laser resurfacing treatment is right for you!


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