The ProFractional procedure is a deep skin resurfacing laser treatment. Unlike the MicroLaserPeel, the ProFractional can penetrate deeper into the skin because it fractionally treats the skin instead of running a pass over an entire area. By using the laser to create columns, the surrounding untreated cells heal the wounds rapidly and stimulate the production of new collagen. This procedure can treat severe wrinkles, scars (including scarring caused by acne), pigmented irregularities, and conditions caused by sun damage. However, the greatest benefit of the ProFractional procedure, which truly sets it apart from the MicroLaserPeel, is the collagen remodeling, which can only be achieved by a deep resurfacing procedure that can penetrate the dermis.
How does the treatment work?
The procedure uses the laser to fractionally create columns in the skin. The wound healing process in the cells surrounding the columns is activated, causing the surrounding area to quickly heal over the affected parts. This process allows us to go deeper into the skin to treat severe wrinkles and scarring.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Only the face can be treated for a resurfacing procedure.
How many treatments will I need?
Ideally, 3-5 treatments are recommended, depending on the patient’s condition.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. The physician will place the laser handpiece against the skin. Once one section of the skin is treated, the handpiece will be moved to another location until the entire treatment area has been covered. The procedure typically takes 30 minutes to an hour.
Will it be uncomfortable?
The procedure might be uncomfortable to some. However, all laser procedures require the application of a topical anesthetic prior to the treatment in order to minimize discomfort to patients.
What should I expect immediately after the treatment?
The treated areas of the skin will appear red for a while. It is necessary to make sure that the cream given to you at the clinic is applied generously. Exposure to the sun should be avoided as much as possible until the skin heals.
As this is a laser-based procedure, a short downtime of 2 to 3 days is to be expected. The short downtime makes this a great procedure to have done before the weekend. During this time it is best to stay indoors.
What aftercare do I need?
The doctor will provide you with a cream to use for the next 2 days. You will also need a hydrating soap to use for the next week. Exposure to the sun should be avoided while you are healing. The staff will follow-up with you shortly after the procedure to address any concerns and ensure that you are healing properly.
When should I expect results?
Improvements can usually be seen a couple of weeks after the procedure. However, it isn’t until after the first month that you will see the additional benefits of the collagen remodeling. The results will become more dramatic and noticeable with subsequent treatments.