Fractional Laser

Fractional Laser

Fractional lasers have revolutionised laser skin resurfacing.

What is it?

Fractional lasers allow safe skin rejuvenation, with minimal downtime. Just as a damaged painting is restored one small area at a time, or a photo is altered pixel by pixel, Fractional lasers improve the appearance of the skin by treating only a fraction of it at a time. Its thousands of microscopic laser spots create tiny but deep thermal wounds known as microscopic treatment zones (MTZs). Each MTZ is surrounded by parcels of unaffected skin tissue. This fractional treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once. The MTZs represent 5-20 % of the surface treated which means the skin cells that are left intact can actively participate in the healing process. The end result is the creation of new, healthy and tighter tissue to replace the damaged skin. 

What is the procedure?

Firstly, the therapist determines the best treatment plan for the desired results and calibrates the Fractional aser accordingly: the energy level, spot size, treatment level and number of passes are tailored to the patient’s needs. 1 ½ hours before the Fractional laser treatment, an anaesthetic cream is applied. The procedure itself takes between 30 and 60 minutes for a full face. Altogether, it requires a total of 2 to 2 ½ hours spent in the treatment room.

What can be treated?

Number of sessions?

3 to 5 treatments performed 3 to 6 weeks apart.

Side effects?

Depends on the treatment modality.

Mild 
a mild sunburn sensation immediately after the treatment, pinkish skin-tone and slight swelling for 3 to 7 days. Delayed side effects such as flaking and acne-like eruptions may be experienced when high Fraxel ® laser energies are used.

Moderate or severe
bleeding, swelling, formation of scabs. Requires 1 week recuperation at home, after which makeup may be applied to conceal redness, and normal life may resume. Full skin colour recuperation takes a couple of months.

Results?

Results appear in two stages; certain are immediate, others progressive. A week after the fractional laser treatment, the complexion starts to appear more even, the skin is softer and more radiant. After a few months, fine lines and scars are smoothed out. By then, the skin has had sufficient time to fully regenerate by producing new collagen, elastin and other essential components.

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