What is Fractional Resurfacing?

Fractional resurfacing is a laser cosmetic procedure that can improve the quality of your skin. With fractional resurfacing you can see an improvement with wrinkles, acne scars, scars, sun damage, brown spots and other skin problems. You will begin to see results immediately and there is minimal to no downtime.

Who is a candidate for Fractional Resurfacing?

The best candidates are people with mild to moderate wrinkles, brown age spots and rough skin, mild to moderate lax tightening and any damage from acne. Anyone with sun damage is also a prime candidate.

Which area is Fractional Resurfacing useful for?

  • Age spots
  • Skin tightening
  • Skin tightening
  • Smooth skin’s texture

Is Fractional Resurfacing permanent?

Fractional resurfacing is long lasting, but not permanent and you may require follow-up procedures to maintain your new look.

How is the procedure done?

Lasers work by utilizing a customized light that passes through the skin and is absorbed by the water in the damaged collagen just beneath the surface of the skin. The laser light is able to remove very fine layers of skin, therefore, diminishing the look of wrinkles and smoothing the skins texture. Fractional resurfacing stimulates collagen renewal and as the healing process begins, new cells generate leaving the skin smoother and softer.

What is the recovery like?

You may experience some swelling and redness most people look like they have a tan or bronze look for a few weeks after the procedure. You will experience some peeling following treatment, but that is normal and a good moisturizer helps. There is little to no pain and you can continue with your normal activities.

When do I see the results?

You can begin to see results immediately, with more prominent results occurring over the first few months following treatment.

How many sessions can I have?

It is recommended that you have four treatments, once a month for four months.

When can I return to work after Fractional Resurfacing?

You can return to work immediately following the procedure. You may experience some minor swelling, but it’s up to you and your comfort level.

What are advantages of Fractional Resurfacing over other procedures?

There is less downtime with fractional resurfacing, results are longer lasting, less invasive, less pain, and noticeable results are seen much quicker.

Is Fractional Resurfacing approved for use in USA?

Yes, fractional resurfacing is FDA approved.

Is Fractional Resurfacing covered by insurance companies?

No, this is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.

What is ProFractional Therapy?

ProFractional Therapy is a quick and effective laser procedure with little downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin. The procedure is performed in your health care provider’s office and can be custom tailored to address a wide range of skin conditions and desired outcomes.

How does ProFractional work?

ProFractional is a laser made by Sciton that uses a tiny beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. The laser used in this system has a very high attraction to the water in your skin. When the laser energy is applied, it ablates (vaporizes) a layer of skin to a precisely-controlled depth. Because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. This body’s wound healing response creates new collagen, which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.

What are the main advantages of ProFractional Therapy?

ProFractional has the unique ability to penetrate very deep into the skin, but with very little heat damage to surrounding tissue. This combination allows for efficacious collagen remodeling (due to the deep treatments) and a high safety margin (due to low thermal damage) on all skin types. This combination makes ProFractional one of the safest, yet most effective resurfacing lasers available today.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Most skin areas can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, although many people also treat the chest and hands. Your health care provider can adjust the laser settings appropriately for the specific area being treated.

What will happen during the procedure?

The skin in the treatment area will be cleansed and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser hand piece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the laser energy is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds as the computer-guided hand piece scans the laser beam over the treatment area. The hand piece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire desired area has been covered. The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Will it be uncomfortable?

ProFractional therapy is widely regarded as a comfortable procedure, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream or a local anesthetic, depending on the depth of treatment.

What should I expect immediately after the treatment?

Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling sunburn. Your health care provider will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations, which may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist.

What aftercare do I need?

You may be given skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always use sun block to avoid solar damage and premature aging of your skin.

How long will it take to recover?

Complete healing typically occurs within a few days and most patients usually feel comfortable enough to get back to normal activities and apply makeup a day or two after the treatment. There may be some swelling that will subside within several days following the treatment.

Are there any risks with the procedure?

ProFractional Therapy is widely regarded as a safe procedure. Because only a fraction of the skin is affected, even deep treatments can be very safe. Your health care provider can provide more information on the risks associated with any type of medical procedure, including ProFractional Therapy. One of the best ways to reduce the possibility of complications is to follow the after-treatment care instructions and follow-up schedule provided by your health care provider. Doing so will help reduce the possibility of infection and ensure proper healing.

How many treatments will I need?

Excellent results can be obtained in just one treatment,though the number of treatments may vary from patient to patient. Some patients seek the minimal downtime advantages of very conservative treatments and choose to extend their therapy over several sessions. Others desire more rapid results and are able to tolerate longer downtime, and thus pursue a more aggressive single treatment. Your health care provider can personalize a plan based on your specific needs and may choose to combine ProFractionalTherapy with other aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.

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