Top Fractional Resurfacing Treatments for Aging Skin

If you’re noticing the signs of premature aging, want to reduce the effects of sun damage, or your skin is healing after acne, you may be a good candidate for a fractional resurfacing treatment.

Laser skin resurfacing technologies work at a deeper level than microdermabrasion and chemical peels to alter the makeup of the skin tissues deep within the dermal layer and increase collagen production. These treatments trigger the skin renewal process and help the skin heal and rebuild itself rapidly so that the effects of skin damage become obsolete.
Fractional resurfacing treatments are often a good match for those who have not been able to achieve significant results from skin rejuvenation treatments such as medical facials, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments and microdermabrasion. Here’s a close look at some of the leading fractional resurfacing treatments available for aging skin:

ActiveFx by Lumenis

As one of the few fractional laser resurfacing procedures that can deliver results with just a single treatment, the ActiveFX laser works by delivering high-energy laser light deep into the skin’s surface to smooth out wrinkles, reduce the appearance of brown spots and also tightens the skin. After the treatment, the skin begins to grow back at a rapid rate and also triggers the production of collagen and elastin, creating a smooth and contoured appearance.


Fraxel is the most popular fractional resurfacing procedure available in the United States and offers three levels of resurfacing. The laser produces tiny “zones” on the treatment area to stimulate the skin at a deep level and promote collagen and elastin production. Approximately 20 percent of the skin is resurfaced with each session, and only damaged cells are affected by the treatment. Fraxel has been cleared by the FDA for treating melasma, acne scars, pigmented lesions and certain types of wrinkles.

Pixel Laser by Alma

The Pixel Laser by Alma is an ablative laser that helps to resurface the skin over a course of three to five sessions. The “laser peel” works to clear up photo-damaged skin, fills in acne scars and can also shrink the appearance of pores. Healing time is approximately three days, and the treatment can be administered on the face, chest, hands and other parts of the body.

Affirm by Cynosure

Cynosure’s Affirm device is designed to produce longer lasting results for patients who have not been able to achieve significant results with topical products, facial and micrdermabrasion. The Affirm fractional laser device makes use of powerful light energy to deliver a relaxing treatment that tightens and tones the skin while helping to fade age spots and facial discolorations. This particular treatment poses few risks and there is no downtime involved.
Many of today’s fractional resurfacing treatments offer a wealth of benefits for damaged skin, and most can be performed on any skin type.
Learn more about the anti-aging benefits of laser skin resurfacing treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for any of these fractional resurfacing procedures.