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Fractional Resurfacing: Should We Believe the Hype?
Date:5/3/2009

Leading experts will take a hard look at fractional resurfacing at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), being held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center May 2-7, 2009.

Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) May 3, 2009 -- Fractional resurfacing--a cosmetic treatment that reduces acne scarring, alleviates dark pigmentation, and improves other conditions of the skin--has been regaled as a cutting-edge innovation that promotes more rapid healing, fewer side effects and less downtime than ablative laser skin treatments. But do the results justify the cost of the treatment? Leading experts will take a hard look at fractional resurfacing at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), being held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center May 2-7, 2009. "Fractional Resurfacing: Should We Believe the Hype?" will be moderated by Jeffrey Kenkel, MD, and will include Fritz Barton, Jr., MD, A. Jay Burns, MD, Steven Cohen, MD, and E. Victor Ross, MD.

Unlike earlier laser technologies, with fractional resurfacing only a specified percentage of the skin receives the laser light. The laser delivers a series of microscopic, closely spaced laser spots to the skin while simultaneously preserving the normal healthy skin between. This allows for more rapid healing and less risk for complications. The latest fractional resurfacing treatments are office-based procedures done on an out-patient basis, with a recovery time (time away from the public eye) between three and seven days. Costs can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, and because they are usually considered cosmetic, these procedures are generally not covered by insurance. According to ASAPS statistics, 110,392 fractional resurfacing procedures were performed in 2008.

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