Fractional Laser Resurfacing

What Is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

Fractional laser skin resurfacing works by directing light towards a targeted area of the skin, damaging only specific areas, so leaving other parts of the skin intact. This damaging causes the skin to resurface itself and produce more collagen (much like PSR), reversing the signs of ageing. Since there is only fractional damage, there are less side effects than a traditional laser treatment.

What Types Of Fractional Laser Resurfacing Are Available?

  • Fraxel™
  • Pixel

It’s important to know the difference between ablative and nonablative lasers, as both brands offer the two forms of treatment.

  • Ablative directs an intense beam of light, which removes the outer layer of the skin completely.
  • Non Ablative have lower energy levels than ablative lasers and heat the deeper layers of skin while damaging the outer layer as little as possible.

Is Fractional Laser Resurfacing For You?

A history of skin’s sensitivity, severe skin conditions and darker skin types could compromise your ability to have fractional laser resurfacing. As with most treatments it is advised not to have while pregnant.

Typical cost of Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Single area treatments around £500, whereas a full treatment including face, neck and chest costs £1,800.

Risks & Side Effects

The side effects are temporary, with redness lasting up to a week and flaking will last up to two weeks as the skin heals itself.

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Flaking
  • Blistering
  • Skin discolouration

Where To Go:

Both Fraxel and Pixel treatments are popular in the UK and it’s likely they will be available at your local spa or clinic.

Sk:n, various locations

The Private Clinic, London

Hadleigh Clinic, London, Essex

Useful links

For information on where to find your nearest clinic & the price of treatments.

Read what the NHS has to say to help you make your decision.

Have a look at what other people think of the procedure, with before and after photos and details about their experience.