The Cynosure Affirm laser employs 1000 pinpoints (micro-pulses) of laser light in each large spot. By tricking the skin to believe it is wounded the Affirm laser system prompts a healing response which stimulates and remodels the skin’s own collagen production. This non-ablative fractional laser is the newest, fastest and most unique “Multiplex” (patented) laser technology which allows for no prep time, no pain and no downtime. The Affirm will tighten and renew your skin by reducing and improving the appearance of wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, acne scars and a variety of skin problems. Compared with other laser systems on the market, the great benefit of the Affirm system is that you get two laser treatments simultaneously. The Affirm emits two wavelengths – both a 1320nm and a 1440nm wavelength combined in a single “multiplexed treatment” (wavelengths in one pulse from the same delivery system). Since lower individual energy levels can now be used during treatments, discomfort is minimised and recovery is accelerated — for faster, more effective fractional rejuvenation and deep tissue tightening results compared to single-wavelength technologies. The “Gold Standard” wavelength for scars many of the world’s experts agree is the 1320nm wavelength. Affirms newest feature, the 1320nm Multiplex Technology, targets deep layers of collagen structures through coagulation resulting in skin tightening.
How does Affirm Laser Rejuvenation differ to Fraxel?
With the Affirm system, the great benefit is that you get two laser treatments simultaneously. The Fraxel and most similar systems are generally 1540nm wavelength laser that emit fractional energy 800 microns to 1600 microns into the skin. The Affirm emits two wavelengths, one that most of the energy ends up at 300 microns (where the layer of sun damage is that we want to improve) and the other a very deep 2000-3000 microns for the ultimate in deeper tissue tightening and skin rejuvenation.
The Affirm “Multiplex” laser is actually two “Fractioned” lasers in one treatment. The “Gold Standard” wavelength for scars many of the world’s experts agree is the 1320nm wavelength. The Affirm has BOTH a 1320nm and a 1440nm wavelength combined in a single “multiplexed treatment”. This is similar to having an optimally effective Fractional rejuvenation and deep tissue tightening in one fast, comfortable treatment. This Affirm non-ablative fractional laser is the only one of its kind with the world’s only patented “Multiplex” technology which simultaneous emits two lasers sequentially for optimal micro-rejuvenation and deep laser skin tightening and revision of acne scarring.
The Affirm works by tricking the skin to believing it is wounded prompting a “healing response”. The new super-fast, 1000 pinpoints of laser light in each large spot is the newest, lightning fast, unique “Multiplex” (patented) technology laser to allow for no prep time, no pain and no downtime laser resurfacing that will tighten, and rejuvenate your skin by reducing and improving the appearance of wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, acne scars and a variety of skin problems. A number of our clients at The Laser and Skin Clinic have switched over from Fraxel to the Affirm. The majority of clients have noted that the Affirm is far more comfortable than the Fraxel and even when using both lasers at once they have said that the results from the Affirm are far superior. The treatment usually takes 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated and there is minimal downtime (approx. 24-48) hours of redness that can be easily concealed with mineral make-up. When treating deep wrinkles, acne/surgical and burn scars Deep Fx Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing often provides the best solution.
Is there a difference between Affirm and IPL?
Yes, there is a significant difference between Affirm Laser Rejuvenation and Intense Pulse Light. These are two different types of laser/light devices. The Affirm is a laser, a non-ablative laser that penetrates through the skin. IPL – Intense Pulse Light as the name suggests is a light device that mainly works on the surface of the skin. The Affirm is a non-ablative fractional laser which penetrates through the skin making microscopic holes through the epidermis and into the dermis to promote overall skin rejuvenation, help improve skin tone and texture thereby making the skin firmer and smoother, reducing lines, wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks. The overall effect after a series of 4-6 treatments is more even skin tone, and smoother skin. IPL is a superficial light based heat treatment that cannot penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. It has the capacity to reduce redness and lighten pigment but has its limitations as it is not as selective as laser – therefore the outcomes are not as successful or achievable.