Is ResurFX Right for Me?

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24 Apr Is ResurFX Right for Me?

Wrinkles are a fact of life. While some wrinkles can act as a testament to growing wisdom and a wealth of experience, other wrinkles may just be reminders of age or imperfections in once-youthful skin. Luckily, there are many products and procedures that can help erase wrinkles—without erasing the wisdom that they bring.

Once wrinkles begin to appear, topical, at-home treatments are most often used. Retinol products, available over the counter as creams, are one of the most popular. Retinol, a type of vitamin A, encourages new skin cell growth and stops the breakdown of collagen, which largely contributes to aging skin. These retinol products, while effective, often take months of continuous use—at least four, if not longer—to have any noticeable effect.

Stronger retinoids are also available by prescription, which are more effective than over the counter retinol, though they can sometimes cause irritation, redness and peeling. Those that want faster, more effective, but temporary results can also turn to injectables, such as dermal fillers and neuromodulators.

Laser Treatments for Wrinkles

For deeper wrinkles that don’t respond to topical treatments—or for those that want more dramatic results—laser treatments may be the best bet. Laser resurfacing treatments are available in two forms: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative laser resurfacing removes layers of damaged skin, while non-ablative simply stimulates collagen growth under the skin.

ResurFX™, or fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing, is a highly effective and long-lasting treatment for wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, stretch marks, and small acne or surgical scars. During the ResurFx™ procedure, the doctor delivers small pulses of heat energy to the skin, which encourages the skin to repair itself: damaged skin cells will be removed, scar tissue is broken down, and new collagen and skin cells begin to grow.

The sensation is often compared to a “prickling heat,” but many dermatologists will apply a topical numbing cream and use a cooling fan to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Patients often require about three to five sessions of ResurFX™, each of which last about 45 minutes—it’s a short treatment with long-lasting results.

After each treatment, patients may experience mild redness and swelling that can persist for 48 hours, while others may see bronzing or broken capillaries that can last up to five days. However, patients can simply apply cooling packs, moisturizer and sunscreen after treatment to lessen these effects and speed up healing.

Though ResurFX™ is safe, it may not be for everyone. Those who have taken certain types of acne medication in the past year may not be suitable for laser resurfacing treatment; diabetic patients or those with a weakened immune system may also not be recommended. Those that have a history of keloids, or the excessive growth of scar tissue, may also not be candidates for laser resurfacing treatments.

Patients with stubborn wrinkles may wait weeks, months and years for over-the-counter creams to work—instead, for long-term results, fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing can smooth skin in as little as a few weeks.

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