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Bad news – Oscars postponed until April 2021. Good news is you have time to get your skin in red carpet shape! Get to know what the fractional laser can do for you:

Discolorations or brown spots from the sun, fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin, scars – even precancerous lesions can all be improved with fractional laser treatments. Fractional lasers are lasers that treat a fraction – or percentage – of the skin with each pass of the laser over the skin. These impacts then do their magic. The laser target is dermal water – heating the dermal layer of the skin and creating a microscopic wound. Healing from this wound stimulates collagen, elastin and skin matrix renewal. Also unique to fractional lasers is that as each impact heals, unwanted discoloration from sun damage is pushed out – leaving brighter, less blotchy skin.

At Charlotte Skin & Laser, we have 2 non-ablative fractional lasers – Fraxel Dual (used for deep wrinkles and scars) and LaseMD (used more commonly on and off the face). To optimize results, we will often recommend pretreatment of the area with other lasers – such as Vbeam to reduce redness and broken blood vessels, GentleLase or q-switched laser to help get rid of brown spots or IPL (intense pulsed light) that can target both red and brown discolorations. These pretreatments, maximize results and help you get great looking skin more quickly.

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Almost any area of skin can be treated – face, chest, neck, arms, hands and legs. Certainly, for most people the face, neck and chest are the highest priority. Good skin care and sun protection are essential to achieving and maintaining great results. 3-6 treatments give phenomenal results; however, with as few as 2 treatments you will start to see brighter, smoother, less pigmented skin that reflects light in a  more flattering way.

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Sound great? If you could hear me talk, you would hear my enthusiasm for these amazingly rejuvenating treatments. But my enthusiasm is also in the long-term benefit of these treatments – COLLAGEN PRODUCTION!! After the age of 30 we no longer make new collagen AND we lose about a teaspoon of collagen from our skin each year. As I talk to patients about their skin and their anti-aging plan, I mention laser, light and energy treatments to stimulate collagen to ward off the changes that occur from collagen and elastin loss – wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Fractional laser treatments are a great way to stimulate collagen for more youthful and healthy skin.

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I encourage to learn more about these treatments to not only help you achieve great looking skin now but also for the future.