EMERGE Fractional Laser
The EMERGE Fractional Laser is a skin resurfacing device created by Palomar Medical Technologies, a Burlington, Massachusetts company. The company introduced its first aesthetic laser device in 1997, and was acquired in mid 2013 by a rival manufacturer, Cynosure. The EMERGE Laser was introduced to market shortly before the transaction, and was created to minimise patient down time after the procedure. The laser uses a non-ablative technique to stimulate gradual skin tightening, which causes less skin damage than an ablative laser and requires less time for the body to heal. Although the EMERGE Fractional Laser treatment is designed to minimise a variety of problems, like wrinkles and dark spots on face, it comes with its own set of drawbacks and possible side effects.
The Science behind EMERGE Fractional Laser
This Palomar Laser was designed for treatment of mild conditions like mild wrinkles, pigmentation problems and scars. The EMERGE Fractional Laser treatment speeds up the natural skin rejuvenation process by helping the body break up old, damaged cells more quickly, but does not go so far as to destroy damaged cells and collagen fibers completely. The importance in this difference is that ablative lasers, those that vaporise cells, are more dangerous, leave more damage and require more after-care, but also produce more immediate results. A technology like the EMERGE Fractional Laser treatment, on the other hand, is thought to be less intense because it doesn’t burn off old cells, but will produce a slower improvement, while still causing discomfort and itchiness.
The Palomar EMERGE Laser’s basic function is to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The skin goes through a natural rejuvenation all the time, where older cells are destroyed by the body and new healthy skin cells take their place. However, this process slows down significantly with ageing skin, becoming a factor in the development of lip lines, forehead wrinkles, and sagging skin. Procedures like the EMERGE laser treatment can help speed up this renewal process, especially if used on a regular basis.
Pigmentation issues can also be addressed with the EMERGE Fractional Laser treatment, by breaking down the clusters of melanin pigment to eventually reveal new layers of beautiful skin. However, it is important to discuss the appropriateness of this treatment with your physician, because all laser skin resurfacing procedures carry risks of skin damage.
Day of the EMERGE Laser Treatment
Those who decide to undergo an EMERGE Fractional Laser treatment can expect to spend about an hour at the physician’s office. Mild pain has been reported during this procedure, and a numbing agent may be used to decrease any discomfort. However, this will largely depend on the issue being addressed and the intensity of treatment. You can usually return to daily activities after treatment, but it may be advisable to do the procedure near the end of the week, to give your skin extra time to recover.
EMERGE Fractional Laser Side Effects
Because the EMERGE Fractional Laser treatment damages the skin, patients are likely to experience pain, swelling and itchiness that are signs of the body’s immune system working to repair the damage. This can be expected to go on for the first several days, until the body has healed the treated areas, and the inflammation subsides. If the treatment is for a more difficult skin problem, like a deep scar, the physician may need to use stronger setting, which will in turn cause more damage and require more healing time. This is something that should be taken into account very seriously, especially if you are considering treatment before a major life event, like a wedding. If you do not give yourself ample time to attend multiple procedures and allow your body to heal, the EMERGE Fractional Laser treatment may not be a suitable solution.
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