Profractional Laser Treatment
Stimulates new collagen growth and improves skin’s tone, texture, fine lines, deeper wrinkles and the appearance of scars.
ProFractional™ 2940 nm – This laser ‘aerates the lawn’, precisely drilling clean, micro-channels into the skin – covering only a small portion of the treatment area to help achieve excellent results without the downtime associated with full-field laser resurfacing. Heat can be added for increased effect.
Is a Profractional Laser Treatment Right for Me?
ProFractional treatment stimulates new collagen growth and improves skin’s tone, texture, fine lines, deeper wrinkles and the appearance of scars. Since only a fraction of the skin is treated at once, optimal results require a series of treatments. Most skin areas can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, though many people also treat the chest and hands. You can discuss your needs with our laser technician.
How Profractional Laser Treatment is Performed
Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser handpiece will be positioned gently on the skin. Only a fraction of the skin surface is treated at each session. The computer-generated pattern of the laser creates thousands of microscopic channels in the skin. Our laser technician can customize the depth of these channels to the needs and features of the patient’s skin and to the amount of downtime that is practical for the patient. The untreated skin adjacent to the treated area allows for much more rapid healing than in conventional laser resurfacing, in which 100 percent of the skin surface is ablated. As the skin heals, new collagen is deposited resulting in better skin quality. The benefits of ProFractional include increased patient comfort, shorter healing times, and results that can range from subtle to dramatic. The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling sunburn. Our laser technician will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations. Complete healing typically occurs within a few days and most patients usually feel comfortable enough to get back to work and apply makeup a day or two after the treatment. There will likely be some swelling that will subside within several days. As your skin heals in the days following your treatment, you may notice a general tightening effect. However, the true benefit of ProFractional occurs 4 to 6 months following your treatment.
This depends on your lifestyle. If you can avoid prolonged sun exposure then yes, you can get laser treatments in the summer. If you plan on being outside in the sun without protection (SPF & a hat) then we would recommend that you postpone your treatments until the fall or winter.
Typically no. Our registered nurse/laser technician can assess you to determine whether you are a candidate for laser. Depending on the treatment and the area being treated there are different recommendations but in general, the skin must not be tanned in order to have a laser treatment.
This depends on what type of treatment you are undergoing. BBL treatments are not painful. The halo laser will feel hot and you will experience some pain for about 45-60 minutes after the treatment but then it completely goes away and is quite tolerable. Deep resurfacing laser treatments are painful but our office provides many forms of pain relief including oral, topical and local anesthetic.
This depends on what type of laser treatment you are having. There is no downtime associated with BBL. Halo has 5-7 days downtime. Deep resurfacing has a 2 week downtime and then prolonged redness (few months) which can be covered with makeup.
Our laser is a state of the art medical grade laser called the Sciton Joule. This platform has many different lasers built into it. We have a Broad Band Light (BBL) system which is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. We also have a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser; the Halo laser which is a hybrid of two laser wavelengths (1470nm and 2940nm); a full resurfacing Erbium YAG laser (2940nm) and a Profractional ablative laser, which is also the 2940nm wavelength but instead of treating the entire surface of the skin it just treats a fraction of the skin – creating channels in the surface.
Many including: unwanted hair growth, spider veins and small facial vessels, rosacea, acne, pigment and wrinkles.