ResurFX Fractionated Laser is one of the newest and finest non-ablative fractionated resurfacing lasers available. It can resurface areas of damaged skin on the face, neck, chest, hands, and other areas. The reduction in wrinkles, scars and brown age spots create a more youthful and refreshed looking skin.
Treatment is quick with minimal associated discomfort. The advantages of this treatment includes minimal downtime, and greater safety compared to other more aggressive treatments
What can it treat?
The ResurFX laser can improve:
- Wrinkles: Wrinkles around the eyes, and elsewhere on the face.
- Scarring: Including Acne scars, striae (stretch marks), and surgical scars.
- Melasma: This condition can be stubborn, and a combination of prescription creams and laser treatments are usually recommended.
- Solar lentigines: Also known as age spots, or liver spots.
Facial skin resurfacing can achieve:
- Reduced appearance of brown spots.
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
- Fading of acne and surgical scars.
- Enhanced tone and texture.
- Removal of actinic keratoses (sun spots).
How does it work?
The ResurFX laser was developed by Lumenis® – the world’s largest medical laser company in ophthalmic, surgical and aesthetic applications, as well as the pioneer of intense pulse light technology (see IPL therapy). A non-ablative fibre laser at 1565 nm frequency is used. This means the laser energy is able to pass through the epidermis leaving it unharmed – thereby improving safety, reducing discomfort and minimising downtime. The energy reaches and is absorbed by the dermis, resulting in improvements in collagen and skin quality. It is a fractionated laser, meaning that laser energy is released via tiny dots using an advanced scanner. Again, improving safety and reducing downtime. The machine allows for highly customizable treatments – allowing adjustments to laser shape, size, density and energy strength to tailor individual needs. Unlike other fractionated devise, ResurFX requires only one pass over the skin to generate effective and reproducible results with shorter treatment time.
- Significant enhancements in skin quality with minimal downtime and minimal risks.
- Compared to other non-ablative fractionated lasers, the ResurFX requires a single pass only. This means faster treatment time, and more consistent results.
- Compared to other non-ablative fractionated lasers, the ResurFX has no expensive disposables which means treatment costs are lower.
Frequently asked questions
What does treatment involve?
A typical treatment involves a short office visit. Topical anaesthetic may be applied 30-60 minutes prior in the form of numbing cream, to aid comfort. The non-ablative nature of treatment means it is only mildly uncomfortable usually, and this settles quickly. Oral painkillers are not usually needed. After the treatment, most people can return to their normal activities immediately. There is usually some redness and mild skin swelling. The skin may feel like mild sunburn for the next 1-2 days. Make-up can be applied if desired. Over the next two weeks there is some mild peeling as the old skin is exfoliated.
In addition to these common side effects, patients may also experience minor itching, dry skin, peeling and flaking. There is a small risk of infection, including reactivation of cold sores, and temporary hyperpigmentation (especially in those with Asian or darker skin). By choosing an experienced doctor to perform, these risks are reduced and can be managed quickly.
For the best results, a series of 3-5 treatments every 2-4 weeks is recommended.
How much does it cost?
Full-face treatment: $1500 for three treatments. This is typically a fraction of the cost of more aggressive ablative laser treatments.
Commentary by Dr Jason Wu, Dermatologist
“I have many patients interested in facial resurfacing solutions, but who are not willing to accept the downtime and possible risks of scarring and delayed hypopigmentation with fully ablative treatments such as CO2 resurfacing. With the new ResurFX, I can now offer them effective fractional non-ablative treatment with minimal risks and downtime”.