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2009 Reader's Choice - Top 5 Fractional Resurfacing Procedures


Fractional resurfacing is the next level of skin treatment. With little downtime and no surgery involved, it is a popular choice for those desiring better skin.

Unlike traditional laser devices, fractional laser systems treat only a fraction of skin at a time, leaving the surrounding area intact for fast healing. Rather than a large beam of energy, there are several smaller energy columns that leave undamaged spaces of skin in between - resulting in greater patient comfort and quicker healing.

readers choice awards

1 - {!Fraxel: | fraxel} Fraxel from Solta Medical is one of the most well known of all fractional resurfacing procedures. Fraxel refers to not just one machine but a family of lasers which include the Fraxel re:pair, re:store, and re:fine. This year, they released their latest laser - the Fraxel re:pair Dual that is the first to use the 1927nm Thalium laser, allowing treatment of areas other than the face.

2 - {!ActiveFX: | activefx} ActiveFX from Lumenis is a fractional CO2 laser procedure performed in a single treatment with minimal patient downtime. During the procedure, a high-energy beam of laser light is used to smooth out lines, wrinkles and scars, remove brown spots and other irregularities. ActiveFX is the most common of a group of procedures performed by the UltraPulse Encore CO2 laser.

3 - {!Pearl Laser: | pearl laser} The Pearl procedure combines the impact of resurfacing lasers with the gentleness and safety of non-invasive procedures to treat aging and sun-damaged skin. Pearl, developed by Cutera, reduces wrinkles, uneven texture and solar damage with fewer treatments and less overall recovery than other technologies to provide a healthy, pearl-like glow.

4 - {!Affirm: | affirm} Affirm Laser treatments are taken to the next level with the Combined Apex Pulse (CAP) technology in the Affirm system, from Cynosure. The Affirm is a fractional light energy device that allows for a more relaxed and effective treatment with lasting results for patients.

5 - {!eMatrix: | matrix} eMatrix from Syneron became very popular in September when Sublative Rejuvenation was added to the device. Sublative Rejuvenation using eMatrix provides a safer alternative to traditional facial rejuvenation procedures. eMatrix RF with Sublative Rejuvenation is even available for many people whose skin type or skin color makes traditional ablation techniques impossible. Yes, Sublative Rejuvenation is safe for ALL skin types.

The American Health & Beauty Reader's Choice Awards are based on a running tally of all information accessed on www.americanhealthandbeauty.com from January 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. The awards are based on the number of page views for each particular procedure. The awards in no way reflect a judgment or declaration of one procedure or product being better than another, merely what visitors to the website searched for and/or read about. The awards are a representation of consumer interest regarding these particular procedures and/or products and are in no way an endorsement of American Health and Beauty, LLC. For more information regarding these procedures please contact your local physician or aesthetician.