Non-Ablative Fractional Skin Therapy

Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment that improves fine lines and wrinkles, scars, acne scarring, stretch marks, sagging skin and overall tone/texture. Collagen and elastin are key players for youthful looking skin. Their job is to keep connective tissue firm and help hold it’s shape. Unfortunately, production slows way down as we age. Scary fact: we lose about 1% of our collagen EVERY YEAR after the age of 20! The more collagen we lose, the more fine lines and wrinkles appear, which is why it is essential that we work to increase our collagen levels. Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a great way to accomplish this. It is also a great treatment for stretch marks are scar improvement, and can be used pretty much anywhere on the body. We use the 1540 fractional laser from cynosure.

What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative treatments

Ablative laser treatments partially remove the top layer of the skin, (epidermis) and can be very invasive, painful and require weeks to months of downtime. Non-ablative treatments are very safe and involve treating the deeper parts of the skin (the dermis) without removing any part of the epidermis. The ICON 1540 laser is a fractionated non-ablative laser.

After 3 treatments. Courtesy of Dr. M. Sinclair

What does fractional or fractionated mean

There are 2 types of lasers, ‘full field’ and ‘fractionated’. Full field lasers treat the entire area of skin that it comes in contact with. This type of laser can have numerous side effects and a long healing period. Fractionated lasers treat a fraction of the skin, with gaps of untreated skin throughout. Hundreds of very precise micro-beams create deep, narrow columns of tissue damage, causing a controlled injury that creates new collagen. When injured tissue is surrounded by healthy tissue, it heals much faster and with minimal complications than if all the tissue were damaged.

After 7 treatments. Courtesy of D. Vasily, MD

Does it hurt?

We prefer to call it “aesthetically acceptable discomfort”. However, we will apply a topical numbing cream to the area to minimize discomfort. The whole appointment is approximately one hour long. Afterward, your face will be red, like a bad sunburn, and will feel hot for about an hour. We will apply cold cloths or ice packs to your skin, and encourage you to do so when you get home. Your skin will be dry and flaky for a week or two. It’s encouraged to keep it well moisturized and hydrated. You can apply makeup the following day. Applying sunscreen daily and staying out of the sun in advised during treatment periods.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatments are more effective if done in a series of sessions, 4 weeks apart, and approximately 4 to 6 treatments. Natural collagen growth happens over weeks and months, so it isn’t an instant fix, but your skin will be much improved over the long term. One to two yearly maintenance treatments are recommended.

What Are The Advantages of the ICON Non-Ablative 1540 Treatment?

The 1540 is more powerful than other lasers of its kind, delivering greater energy per micro-beam and a greater depth of penetration (up to 1 mm) than other competing devices. This can promote a more significant response in the skin, with more effective and longer lasting results.

At Michigan Advanced Aesthetics, we also offer the ICON Three For Me Laser Treatment. Learn more about this new treatment in the video below. To learn more, contact us today!

At Michigan Advanced Aesthetics, we also offer the ICON Three For Me Laser Treatment.

Say goodbye to tired, dull skin – and hello to a brighter, younger-looking you! Only ThreeForMe™ laser treatments address three common skin concerns – wrinkles, sun damage and facial veins – all within one procedure. The procedure is only 30 minutes and has minimal downtime, getting you the best results possible while still fitting within your busy schedule.

Oxylight Ultimate Workout for the Skin

The ultimate workout for your face with no downtime. This system uses light, oxygen, and microcurrent to correct an array of skin issues. This treatment promotes collagen production in the skin and promotes anti-aging for a more youthful, radiant skin appearance.

What are the Benefits?

  • Multiple methods of treatment in one procedure allow for a variety of benefits that can be experienced in just one visit.
  • Oxylight is a non-invasive procedure with no downtime required by patients.
  • Easily unclogs pores and refines them for a flawless finish.
  • Provides a lymphatic massage with firms and tightens the skin.
  • Helps improve imperfections such as wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.

Who is Oxylight Intended For?

Since the Oxylight treatment is able to accomplish and improve so many imperfections with the combination of many different components, this treatment is suitable for many different skin types and problems. The only type of skin that should avoid a treatment like this is compromised skin. If the skin is still in the process of healing from another procedure or if the skin is sunburned, you will want to wait to have this treatment.

What are the Different Components Oxylight?

Light – Light energy is used to increase collagen production, kill bacteria, and helps tighten the skin with radio frequency waves.

Diamond Microdermabrasion or DermaplaningThe Oxylight’s unique diamond micro-abrasion tip painlessly ablates the skin’s outermost surface layers.

Oxygen – The Oxylight’s unique oxygen system takes ambient air and changes it to 95% pure oxygen.

Microcurrent – Working on a cellular level to help stimulate the healing process, microcurrent therapy stimulates the muscles and infuses the skin with serums for a glowing complexion.

Ultrasound – The Biosonix Ultrasound is an innovative handpiece which is coupled with full Spectrum LED Light and Ultrasound waves to deliver maximum benefits.


Visible results after one treatment. A series of 4 to treatments spaced 2 weeks apart with Maintenance is recommended. There is no discomfort and no recovery time is necessary. Treatments are progressive and you’ll notice further improvement with every treatment.

Lyft Tightening and Toning Facial 

Treatment include pre-exfoliation (Vitamin B Enzyme Scrub, Dermaplaning, or Vitamin C Enzyme) Radio-frequency and micro-current and revitalizing mask. The Lyft Tightening and Toning Facial combines radio-frequency and micro-current together works like a miracle:  Radio-frequency Therapy (RF) is a common non-invasive aesthetic procedure that uses a high-frequency alternating current to heat tissue in the dermis of the skin in a controlled and selective way to increase collagen, which consequently decreases skin laxity and photo-aging. This thermal effect is so efficacious because it causes changes in collagen structure and also triggers neo-collagenesis, or the production of new collagen fibers, in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Micro-current is a type of electrotherapy which delivers micro-currents that mimic the body’s natural currents. When these micro-currents are delivered into the skin, the body interprets them as natural and it is able to stimulate the facial muscles. This ultimately works out your muscles to appear firmer, more lifted and tightened. Micro-current is extremely beneficial for decreasing puffiness and lifting muscles, achieving incredible results.