Wrinkles, discoloration, sun damage, enlarged pores, acne scarring
Encourage collagen production for firmer, more elastic skin.
The ProFractional laser treatment uses a tiny beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of 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 healthy collagen, which adds firmness and elasticity to the skin.
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.
This treatment is ideal for treating:
- Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth
- Wrinkles and sun damage to the chest and hands
- Scars from acne or chickenpox
- Aged or sun-damaged skin
- Liver spots
- Improvement to yellowish or grayish skin tones
- Birthmarks such as linear epidermal nevi
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
During this 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 completely treated. The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling a sunburn. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. 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.
This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to render medical advice.
For more information please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.