Laser skin rejuvenation treatments have improved significantly, giving you more options to address acne scars, uneven skin tone and age spots. Solta Medical, Inc.’s Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser system alleviates skin issues due to its ability to stimulate your body’s ability to produce collagen. The laser light energy turns to heat on your skin’s surface. The skin treats the heat source as an injury since the area is aggravated and begins the wound healing process. Fraxel DUAL laser treatments also use fractional technology, which equates to faster healing time due to surrounding skin remaining intact.
FRAXEL DUAL LASER TREATMENTS
Fraxel DUAL laser treatments are non-ablative procedures that induce collagen remodeling. They target the deeper layer of the dermis with the Erbium fiber component of the laser, which uses a 1,550-nanometer wavelength to normalize the collagen density. To refine the skin, the 1,927-nanometer Thulium fiber component is used. The precision of the laser allows targeted treatments, and significant improvements occur after one treatment.
Fraxel DUAL Laser Treatments are FDA approved to treat:
- Crow’s Feet (periorbital wrinkles)
- Acne & sugical scars
- Actinic Keratoses
- Pigmented Lesions
NEW FDA CLEARANCE FOR PIGMENTED LESIONS
Solta Medical, Inc. announced in June 2013 that its Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser system received FDA 510(k) clearance for the treatment of pigmented lesions. These new clearance includes treatment on an array of pigmented lesions, including ephelides (freckles), lentigos (age spots) and solar lentigos (sun spots).
Opting for Fraxel DUAL laser treatments provide you with superior anti-aging improvements. This additional clearance allows for treating your pigmentation issues caused by sun exposure. By nature, pigmentation issues may be difficult to treat but Fraxel DUAL laser treatments show dramatic correction of undesired pigmentation.
Fraxel DUAL laser treatments are the most popular Fraxel procedure due to their versatility for skin ailments. Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 is also suitable for all skin tones, whereas as some laser treatments may only be used on lighter skin tones. Fraxel’s fractional skin resurfacing technology renews with minimal discomfort and downtime. The fractional mechanism penetrates the dermis layer of skin without disrupting the skin’s protective outer barrier. The resulting new collagen production counteracts the aging process that weakens your skin and leads to sagging, fine lines, wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.
CAUSES OF AGE SPOTS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS
Age Spots on the skin result from high concentrations or clusters of melanin, which gives skin its color. Melanin is pigment on the epidermis that is also responsible for tans. Ultraviolet (UV) light accelerates melanin production in order to protect deeper layers of the skin from overexposure.
Years of exposure to the sun’s UV light, as well as tanning beds, contribute to age spots. However, aging and genetics also play a role in formation. Older individuals may naturally produce more melanin. They are common on adults over 40 but can affect younger individuals. Age spots are more common on those with fair skin, though they also appear on darker skin. Genetics can also make some individuals to the development of age spots.
APPEARANCE OF AGE SPOTS
Age spots commonly appear on areas most exposed to the sun. This includes the face, shoulders, chest, upper back, tops of feet and back of hands. They can appear individually about the size of freckles to more than 1 centimeter. Groups of age spots also make them more prominent.
Age spots appear as:
- Flat, oval areas
- Brown, black or gray (usually)
Age spots are also known as liver spots, sunspots, brown spots or solar lentignes. They were originally thought to be associated with problems of the liver, but there is no correlation.
PREVENTION OF AGE SPOTS
Age spots are usually harmless but may be lightened with skin-bleaching treatments or removed. However, prevention is suggested to limit their appearance. Using sunscreen, limiting sun exposure and avoiding tanning beds are three of the best options.
Laser skin treatments have improved significantly, giving patients more options to address acne and its resulting scaring with less downtime. Dr. Sanusi Umar and his Los Angeles clinic have helped numerous patients eradicate severe acne scarring.