What is Profractional™ Resurfacing?
Many patients struggle with the appearance of uneven skin texture and tone and/or acne scarring. Profractional™ is a great option for patients wishing to dramatically improve the overall texture and tone of their skin. Profractional™ is a form of fractional resurfacing which gradually and over time stimulates the replacement of aged and photo–damaged skin.
Is it right for me?
It is used for fine lines, traumatic scars on the face or body, acne scarring, rough skin texture and hyperpigmentation and allows our skilled and highly trained nurses to go deeper than with some of the other resurfacing technologies, which allows for greater improvement to deeper scarring, as well as textural and acne scarring. It can be used to treat all different skin types making it an extremely popular treatment option.
Why is it different?
It is based on the principle of microthermal treatment zones, which cause damage, and ultimately stimulation to some areas, while leaving other areas of tissue completely intact. The laser pulse creates tiny ablative zones, triggering the body’s natural healing process, therefore stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin tissue. The benefit of fractional based therapies is being able to achieve similar results to overall resurfacing (removing full upper layers of skin), but with much less downtime. Profractional™ can also be performed using different levels of treatment, which allows us to tailor the depth and associated downtime. Some of the differences between the various fractionated technologies are the type of skin they’re best suited for, as well as the severity and type of concern.
What should I expect?
We will apply a topical numbing cream to reduce any associated discomfort during the procedure. The laser will then pass over either the full face or just specific areas of the face or body. You will then be sent home with ice packs to aid in the healing process and to minimize redness, swelling and irritation. Depending on the depth of treatment it would be normal to experience pinpoint bleeding directly after the procedure, which can be minimized and will subside minutes to an hour or so after the procedure. Appointments are normally booked 4 weeks apart with patients often requiring 4–5 treatments.