Profractional Laser Therapy
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About the Procedure
Fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and volume loss can cause signs of premature aging in an otherwise young and healthy patient. Sun exposure and improper skincare can further exacerbate these issues, making forehead furrows deeper and lip lines more prominent. For patients who are not yet ready to commit to a surgical procedure such as a browplasty or facelift, laser resurfacing treatments can be very effective in diminishing skin folds and pigmentation irregularities without the need for a scalpel. The SCITON Profractional laser is a type of ablative fractional laser that can be used during a laser skin resurfacing procedure. The Profractional XC laser is another version of the Profractional laser that has more customizable settings for depth, pulse, and density of the laser. Lasers are separated into two different categories: ablative or non-ablative, fractional or non-fractional. Ablative lasers are more aggressive and use heat energy to wound the skin, stimulating the body to increase collagen and elastin production in the treated areas. Ablative lasers require longer healing times than their non-ablative counterparts, but can produce dramatic results in fewer treatments. Fractional and non-fractional describe the way in which the laser is distributed onto the skin. Fractional lasers divide the laser into a number of micro-beams, allowing for targeted treatment columns that are surrounded by healthy skin, resulting in a faster recovery period. Non-fractional lasers treat entire areas of skin, leaving no healthy tissue intact. Non-fractional lasers produce substantial results at the cost of a prolonged healing time. Prior to treatment with the Profractional laser, the skin will be evaluated, cleansed, and numbed with a topical cream. If needed, additional local numbing shots may be administered to ensure optimal patient comfort. The laser will then be applied to the treatment area, targeting uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections. The provider will closely monitor the skin to ensure an effective but comfortable session. Once the skin has been thoroughly treated, a soothing serum or ointment will be applied. Most patients are able to resume normal activity with minimal skin redness within 1 week of treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing is used to reduce skin imperfections. Sun damage, fine lines or wrinkles, skin laxity, brown spots, blotchiness, scars and certain precancerous growths can be addressed with laser skin resurfacing.
What to Expect
The Profractional and Profractional XC laser are ablative fractional lasers that treat signs of aging such as wrinkles, sun spots, and volume loss. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Profractional or Profractional XC treatment.
- A retinol cream or hydrocortisone pretreatment may be prescribed
- Avoid sun exposure
- Do not use tanning products
- Decrease alcohol consumption
- Discontinue use of any harsh skincare products, peels, and aggressive scrubs
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Avoid eating or drinking for at least 6 hours prior
- Topical or local anesthetic
- Laser is applied to the treatment area, targeting uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections
- Once treated, a serum or ointment will be applied
- Bandage may be applied to the skin
Following a Profractional laser skin resurfacing treatment the skin will feel raw and swollen. After treatment, an ointment will be applied to the skin and will need to be continually applied to keep skin hydrated. After 1-2 weeks, new skin will have formed but may retain a pinkish hue for several weeks. To prevent irregular pigmentation always use a broad spectrum SPF to protect skin from sun exposure.
The ideal candidate for Profractional laser resurfacing has signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss, brown spots, age spots, and acne scarring. Candidates desire a non-surgical procedure and are okay with potentially needing more than one treatment session for results.
Not Recommended For
Profractional laser resurfacing is not recommended for use on darker skin tones due to risk of hypopigmentation, although is not a complete contraindication for treatment.
Side effects from Profractional skin resurfacing may include burns, scarring, changes in pigmentation, infection, skin peeling, and redness.