The ProFractional® laser treatment dramatically improves the skin’s appearance, including wrinkles, post-traumatic scars, acne scars, aging and sun-damaged skin. This technology uses the Erbium laser’s energy to make thousands of microscopic fractional channels into the skin, while leaving the surrounding skin intact. The surrounding areas of untreated skin stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This results in a plumping up and smoothing out of wrinkles, lines, scars and other imperfections, in just one treatment.
Q: What is the ProFractional Laser?
A: The ProFractional® laser treatment dramatically improves the skin’s appearance, including wrinkles, post-traumatic scars, acne scars, aging and sun-damaged skin. This technology uses the Erbium laser’s energy to make thousands of microscopic fractional channels into the skin, while leaving the surrounding skin intact. The surrounding areas of untreated skin stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This results in a plumping up and smoothing out of wrinkles, lines, scars and other imperfections, in just one treatment.
Q: How does ProFractional work?
A: ProFractional by Sciton, is an Erbium fractional and ablative laser 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, up to 1500 microns deep (more effective than other devices on the market). 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.
Q: What are the main advantages of the ProFractional laser?
A: 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.
Q: What areas of the body can be treated with ProFractional?
A: Most skin areas can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, although many people also treat the chest and hands. Our Skin Management Expert™ can adjust the laser settings appropriately for the specific area being treated.
Q: How long does the ProFractional Laser take?
A: It usually takes only 30 minutes to treat the whole face, and more if treating additional areas.
Q: What should I expect immediately after the ProFractional treatment?
A: Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling sunburn. Your Skin Management Expert™ will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations, including 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 of SPF 50 afterwards.
Q: How long will it take to recover from the ProFractional laser?
A: There may be some swelling that will subside within several days following the treatment.
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 few days after the treatment, or for more intensive treatment, it may be before skin has peeled.
Q: When should I expect results from the ProFractional laser?
A: As your skin heals in the days following your treatment, you may notice a general tightening effect. However, the true benefit of ProFractional is the collagen remodeling that occurs during the 4 to 6 months following your treatment. It may therefore take several months to see maximum benefit from your treatment.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: 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. Our Skin Management Experts™ can personalize a plan based on your specific needs and may choose to combine ProFractional Therapy with other aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.