If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, skin rejuvenation or resurfacing may be right for you. Skin rejuvenation can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from Fractional laser, to chemical peels. The result is a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance to your skin.
Conditions that can be treated
As the result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discolored, or have raised borders.
These are expression lines that may appear as folds when the skin is not moving, and deepen with facial movements or expressions.
These wrinkles are visible at all times and do not change in appearance with facial movements.
Blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions that appear as tiny blood filled blisters or even a constant flush of facial redness.
Loss of skin tone
Weakening of the supportive skin structure (collagen and elastin fibers) that results in a loss of skin firmness, or the development of cellulite.
Freckles, sun spots, melasma, or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure.
Fractional laser is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with little to no down time, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin using a laser beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin.
Only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser so healing time is quick and down time is short.
What conditions can be treated with Fractional?
Fractional laser can be used to improve a wide variety of skin conditions but it is mostly used for:
- wrinkles and fine lines
- post-traumatic scars
- acne scars
- sun-induced damage and aged skin
How does fractional laser Work?
Fractional laser uses energy to create thousands of channels in the skin which are surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. The zones of untreated skin allow for faster healing .The treated areas stimulate production of new collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars and other irregularities.
Who should consider fractional treatment?
If you are looking for younger-looking skin, or to improve scars, wrinkles or sun damage with a reasonably comfortable treatment and with fast recovery, you may be a candidate for Fractional laser.
What areas can be treated?
Most skin areas can be treated. The face is the commonest area. The face has a large recovery reservoir and can be treated more aggressively than other areas, such as the back of the hands.
What is Fractional laser therapy like?
Fractional laser is fast, comfortable, and typically is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure normally takes 10 – 45 minutes, depending upon the condition and size of the area being treated. It is possible to treat just the scarred areas. Typically, the whole face does not need Fractional treatment, making it suitable for correction of focal zones of scarring or other maladies.
Fractional laser does require some anaesthesia. Topical numbing creams are commonly applied in advance to produce anaesthesia. This allows for a very comfortable procedure. Smaller areas can be treated with local anaesthetic injections. Similarly, numbing creams can be supplemented with injection anaesthesia if there is still discomfort.
How many Fractional treatments will I need?
Fractional laser is typically done in a series of 1 – 8 treatments, usually spaced a month or two apart, depending upon your needs. Fractional laser can be combined with other procedures, such as a laser peel or skin-tightening procedures, to further enhance the treatment result.
What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately following the procedure, there is redness resembling sunburn.. Complete healing is dependent upon the channel depth and also upon the density (numbers) of the channels. Usually, healing takes about three to seven days for most patients. Redness will settle over five days or so.
What special aftercare treatment will I need?
It is important to follow dermatologist’s instructions, which may include some skincare products and instructions on how to use them. These may include topical vitamin A products and pigment stabilizers. Your skin will be more sensitive to ultraviolet light after the procedure. Consequently, you must avoid direct sun exposure until redness has faded. You should always use some level of sun protection to avoid sun damage and premature ageing of your skin.
Redness is normal following treatment and usually fades over five days or so, dependent on the depth and density of the micro-injuries.
Faint patterning is possible as a side-effect but usually fades back to normal over several months.