Skin is made of several layers, from the outer portion we see to the deeper dermal layers that protect and support it. Scars and stretch marks represent damage to all layers. The body’s natural repair mechanisms do a fine job of repairing the damage while falling short on repairing the look of the scar. Laser treatments can “wake up” the body’s repair mechanisms to help finish the job. There are many ways to trigger a process called selective inflammatory response. FMAA uses the CynoSure Icon laser aesthetic system because it’s non-invasive treatments are quick, and downtime after a session is minimal.
The Icon laser targets the collagen and elastin in the deeper skin layers, warming these to the coagulation point without harming the surface skin. This triggers the body to produce new collagen and elastin, which provides renewed support under scars and stretch marks. Discolored skin recovers its former appearance, and skin tone evens. The new collagen even fills some of the space behind surface tissue, in many cases reducing the depth of the scar or mark.
When we think of light, it’s often as a continuous beam or sheet. If a laser handpiece has a head that’s 1-inch square, for example, it’s logical to assume that all skin within that square inch gets treated. However, a fractional layer breaks that square inch into many micro-columns of light, which may be controlled for size, depth, and energy. Less than the entire skin section beneath the head receives laser energy, but the selective inflammatory response process begins in the same way. With only a small part of the skin treated, recovery times are faster, and the patient faces fewer risks.
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