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Skin Rejuvenation: The Fantastic Four

By: Louis Silberman
Posted: October 28, 2011, from the November 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments are the most aggressive modality for skin rejuvenation that esthetic professionals have on their high-tech utility belts. Similar to the IPL photofacial, fractional laser skin resurfacing is a noninvasive, nonablative procedure that utilizes laser beam technology to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The lasers used are also designed to improve the skin’s texture, alleviate dark pigmentation and reduce the appearance of acne scars and tissue damage without the major downtime associated with other ablative laser resurfacing procedures.

The treatment works by dividing a laser beam into thousands of microbeams, which form narrow and deep columns of energy for absorption into the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. Each microbeam targets and coagulates a fraction of the skin at a time, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. The coagulated skin then begins to form new collagen and healthy tissue. This type of fractional laser precision dramatically shortens recovery time. Clients need only avoid strenuous exercise and wearing makeup for 48 hours.

The average cost of a single fractional laser treatment can range from $900–1,200. Clients who opt for this procedure typically need three to five treatments for maximum results, creating a maximum revenue of $6,000 per client.

Becoming a skin care superhero

There has always been a certain amount of confusion surrounding who can perform laser beauty treatments. Contrary to popular belief, cosmetic laser treatments are no longer limited to the realm of physicians and nurses. The truth is that esthetic professionals make up a majority of treatment providers supplying the consumer demand for laser procedures. With price points much higher than traditional esthetics, it is a natural career evolution to include laser treatments in your skill set. (Editor’s note: To find out whether your license is eligible to perform IPL and laser treatments, it is imperative to contact your state’s board. For a complete list of state boards, including direct contact information, log on to

Every beauty superhero has a code to live by: “With great power comes great responsibility.” To ensure the safety of clients, and if it is within the scope of your license in your state, it is crucial to receive the proper training. By working to fight the villains that threaten skin’s health, skin care professionals can truly become skin care superheroes.