Fractional skin resurfacing lasers have taken the benefits of skin resurfacing lasers to a new level. They allow people to experience the benefits of full field laser resurfacing without the discomfort and downtime associated with ablative lasers. Fractional laser technology improves skin texture, elasticity, tone, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, as well as surgical and acne scars.
Whereas full field laser resurfacing removes the entire skin surface and yields dramatic improvement in a single session, the gentler fractional laser resurfacing, as the name implies, removes only a fraction of the skin and yields less dramatic results with much shorter healing period. Accordingly, multiple treatments are required to give the same results.
Fractional laser treatment is a relatively painless procedure under the care of an experienced professional. At Nu Vela, Dr. R. Dishakjian, the cosmetic surgeon of the medical spa, utilizes Sciton’s Sciton’s ProFractional-XC Therapy™ system that produces remarkable results with minimal side effects and downtime.
Sciton’s ProFractional-XC Therapy™ can be used on all skin types, both on face and body. This skin resurfacing technology delivers an array of high precision microbeams in columns that penetrate deep into the dermis to create thousands of microscopic “wounds” in the skin which are surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. While the untouched skin invigorates the body’s natural healing process and allows your skin to heal in a fraction of the time needed for full field laser resurfacing, the treated areas stimulate production of new collagen, reduce pigmentation, plump up the skin and smooth out wrinkles, lines, scars and other irregularities.
What truly sets ProFractional-XC Therapy™ apart is the TRL technology. Unlike old generation fractional lasers, this technology allows the independent selection of wound-coverage density and depth of thermal coagulation while the superficial skin layers are being ablated. This allows for customization of the treatment, be it for skin contraction and tightening (due to thermal coagulation) or for resurfacing acne scars or fine lines and wrinkles.
Most patients describe the treatment with ProFractional-XC as having a “prickling” sensation. A topical anesthetic is available if desired. Treatment time varies with the size of the area being treated. Depending on the condition of your skin and your enhancement goals, Dr. Dishakjian will customize your treatment by adjusting the density and depth of the laser.
For gentler treatments, the skin may appear pinkish and feel mildly sunburned after treatment, but this only lasts for a few hours. When undergoing stronger treatments, dryness and flaking may develop over the subsequent few days, but most patients find this very tolerable.
Patients receiving Profractional Laser treatment generally notice results immediately that progressively improve over the course of two to three months. Two to four treatments, spaced 3 – 6 weeks apart, offer the effective results of the fully ablative laser skin resurfacing procedure with virtually no pain and little downtime (2 to 3 days at a time). It is for this reason that the procedure is sometimes referred to as the weekend laser peel. With proper skin care, the benefits may last for several years.
Following treatment, it is extremely important to avoid direct sun exposure for approximately three months. You will be strongly advised to apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher (UVA/UVB), every two hours during sun exposure.
ProFractional-XC Therapy™ works very well as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other treatments. Dr. Dishakjian will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire. Your cosmetic surgeon may combine ProFractional with a microlaser peel or other popular aesthetic procedures to further enhance your treatment results.