Throughout the last decade, cutaneous laser resurfacing has gained popularity among laser surgeons and the public alike. Based upon the principles of selective photothermolysis, resurfacing lasers selectively target water-containing tissue resulting in controlled tissue vaporization. Associated residual thermal injury in the dermis results in collagen shrinkage and remodeling.
Fotona Dynamis Erbium laser resurfacing system can produce high-energy light that is absorbed by water and substances in the skin called chromophores. The light is changed into heat energy, and the heat then destroys (vaporizes) thin sections of skin, layer by layer. As the wounded area heals, new skin grows to replace the damaged skin that was removed during the laser treatment.* Some lasers only tighten the skin by heating it but do not destroy the skin.*
Laser resurfacing is usually very precise and causes little damage to the surrounding skin and tissue.* It is done most often on the face, but it may be done on the skin in other areas of the body. The hands, neck, and chest may be avoided because the skin in these areas does not heal as well as it does in other areas. It tends to thicken and scar as a result of the laser treatment.