- Good For: damaged skin overall, including acne scars and wrinkles
- How they work:Fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments provide collagen synthesis in addition to retexturizing damaged skin and wrinkles. “As the outermost layer of skin is injured, collagen is produced from within, which is necessary to create new skin,” says Wheaton, IL, dermatologist Stephanie Marschall, MD. “Although non-ablative lasers require less downtime, the results are not the same as what you get with deeper CO2 ablative procedures. More collagen is created quicker with ablative lasers,” explains Madison, WI, facial plastic surgeon Richard Parfitt, MD.
- Collagen-Stimulating Effects: still not scientifically known.
- Starting at: $200 per treatment for non-ablative lasers, depending on area treated; $2,500–$5,000 for ablative
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