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ProFractional Resurfacing Laser Treatment


What is ProFractional Therapy?

Laser resurfacing is a safe yet aggressive way to treat skin conditions, even deep wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.

Main reasons to have a laser resurfacing procedure:

  • Literally erases signs of solar damage and deep wrinkles
  • In-office procedure, done with topical or local anesthetic
  • Often makes patients look years younger
  • Much more effective and precise than chemical peels
  • Combines with other procedures to achieve optimal results

ProFractional Therapy is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with a  little downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin.  The procedure can be customized to your specific skin conditions and desired outcome.  Most areas of the body can be treated.  Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, though many people also treat the chest and hands.

How it works

ProFractional Therapy is “fractionated” laser resurfacing, meaning that only a portion of the skin is treated in a session.  The treatment uses a laser beam that ablates thousands of pinpoint channels in your skin.  Laser resurfacing precisely ablates (vaporizes) a layer of the skin, eliminating the old, damaged tissue in the process. Wrinkles and blemishes such as sun spots and pigment irregularities are vaporized and replaced by healthy skin.

Conditions that are often treated by laser resurfacing:

  • Fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • Poor skin texture
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Epidermal Nevi
  • Sun spots
  • Raised, surgical and acne scars

During treatment

Before the treatment, your skin will be cleaned and your eyes will be protected with safety shields.  A laser hand piece will be positioned gently on the skin.  When the energy laser is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds.  The hand piece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire treatment area has been covered.  The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

ProFractional Therapy is widely regarded as a comfortable treatment, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic, depending on the depth of the treatment.

Excellent results can be obtained in just one treatment, though the number of treatments needed may vary from patient to patient.  Dr Umerah and her staff will personalize a plan based on your specific needs and we may choose to combine ProFractional Therapy with other aesthetic procedures to achieve optimal results.

After treatment

Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling a sunburn.  Your after-treatment care will include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist.  Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the treatment, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed.  It is recommended that you always use some level of solar protection to avoid sun damage.

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 treatment.  There will be some swelling that will subside within several days following the treatment.

As your skin heals in the days following your treatment, you may notice a general tightening effect.  However, the true benefit of ProFractional Therapy is the collagen remodeling that occurs during the 4 to 6 months following your treatment.

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