Growth in the skin resurfacing market will be attributable to recent introductions of fractional technologies. Traditional CO2 or Erbium procedures, as well as Fractional technology, remove wrinkles or discolorations by stimulating the body's fibroblasts to produce collagen, which firms the dermis and treats wrinkles.
Fractional technology offers better results with less downtime (even with acne scarring) than traditional CO2 or Erbium procedures. This is due to the fact that unlike traditional treatments that ablate a full layer of skin, fractional photothermolysis uses a laser to create a series of microscopic thermal wounds in the skin. As such, surrounding skin tissue is left in tact resulting in less downtime. Unlike traditional skin resurfacing procedures that require 1-2 weeks for recovery, fractional technology allows the patient to resume normal activities immediately.
In 2005, 142,300 laser skin resurfacing procedures were conducted in the U.S.- over 60% growth from the prior year. It is anticipated that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Between 2005 and 2010, procedure volumes in the U.S. will grow to 538,900 procedures at a category growth rate of 25%.
Source: Millennium Research Group, 2006
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