Fraxel laser skin resurfacing is a true breakthrough in laser technology, and it is one of the safest and most effective laser to treat facial wrinkles and aging of the skin (for example forehead lines, lipstick bleed lines, crow's feet and neck wrinkling). Until now, two varieties of laser treatment have been available for cosmetic enhancement-ablative and non-ablative. Ablative, which literally means to vaporize at a very high temperature, are very effective at destroying unwanted tissue but have significant side-effects and require a lengthy healing period. Lasers such as CO2 and Erbium:Yag lasers have an average 2 week recovery time, and have a significant risk of scarring and loss of color of the skin where it turns white. Non-ablative, on the other hand, have very few side-effects and require almost no healing time, but involve numerous treatments over many months to achieve only modest results.
Advances in modern medicine allow us to look forward to a greater longevity, and it is a natural extension that technology can now help us look as good as we feel. Although I am a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, new technologies and products are available today that provide an alternative to the knife, or at least help us bridge the gap between now and when we are ready to have surgery.