The best way to summarize the aging of the skin is to state that our skin texture worsens. Everyone wishes to improve the texture of their skin which includes fine wrinkles, scars, tone and the roughness that appears with time. The texture of our skin can start changing early; it can begin even in our thirties. Now with the advent of the fractional laser the skin can be improved upon in little to no downtime. The fractional component of the laser uses microbeams to treat pinpoint areas of the skin. Instead of treating 100% of the skin surface area, only a fraction (6,8,10%) of the total skin receives a deep laser ablation, allowing for the surrounding non-ablated tissue to “cool down” the area. This technique provides little to no pain during the treatment. The healing process is also quick and the downtime is short. The process works because the treatment stimulates new collagen which plumps up the skin and smooths the texture. This laser can be used on the face, neck, chest and hands. No special preparation is needed other than clean skin that has a numbing cream applied. The procedure takes about half an hour depending on the size of the area. A person may need 1-4 treatments spaced 2-4,6 weeks apart. These treatments can be combined with other laser treatments at the same sitting. People experience mild redness that is treated with moisturizers. Healing occurs in 1-3 days. Most patients can wear make-up in 1-2 days. The laser treatment can be specifically tailored to a person’s downtime schedule. If you are looking for smoother, younger skin and rejuvenation then you may be an ideal candidate for this laser.