What are fractional laser treatments
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Fractional C02 Laser Treatments
What is Fractional laser skin treatment?
Fractional laser skin treatment is an exciting new technology that successfully corrects many dermatological and cosmetic skin conditions, with increased comfort and minimal post-treatment pain and care. Fractional laser skin treatments give excellent results for skin resurfacing and improving lines and wrinkles, acne scars, superficial lesions, moles, actinic and keratoses.
What is Fractional C02 laser?
Fractional laser skin treatments create areas of treated tissue surrounded by untreated, healthy tissue. Fractional laser creates narrow, deep columns that extend through the epidermis into the dermis through an array of intense laser energy micro beams. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the columns of affected tissue – improving the skin condition being treated.
What does “downtime” mean? Is there downtime?
“Downtime” refers to the period of time following a laser treatment where patients may choose not to appear in public while their skin is still red or swollen. One of the key benefits of fractional C02 laser treatments is that downtime is significantly minimized. For fractional treatments, downtime may be as short as 3-5 days as compared to traditional full-surface ablative treatments which can result in a few weeks of downtime.
How do Fractional laser skin treatments differ from Traditional laser skin treatments?
Traditional full-surface ablative laser skin treatments are performed using a beam of intense laser energy that is passed over the entire skin surface to vaporize the entire top layer of skin. The damage to the tissue is extensive and takes significant time to heal and regrow a new top layer of skin (i.e., re-epithelialize the entire top layer of skin).
Fractional skin treatments deliver laser or high-powered light energy in a pattern. The fractional pattern leaves untreated areas of skin between the treated areas of skin. As these treated areas are much smaller than the surrounding healthy tissue, the healing time is significantly shortened.
Traditional full-surface ablative treatments deliver effective results but require significant downtime – patients experience a much longer healing process, and the risk of complications, including infection, is much greater. Fractional C02 treatments provide results as good as traditional ablative treatments, with far less downtime and risk.
What are the benefits of fractional laser skin treatments?
Fractional laser skin treatments have three significant benefits as compared to traditional laser skin treatments:
Increased Comfort – The fractional array of microbeams does not cause bulk damage as traditional ablative treatments do but instead cause small areas of damage each surrounded by undamaged tissue. As a result, fractional treatments are a much gentler laser treatment. Many patients tolerate the treatment well without anesthesia; other patients may opt for a light topical anesthetic.
Increased Safety – Following a fractional procedure, each tiny fractional column re-epithelializes (i.e., regrows the missing tissue and closes over) typically within one day. This minimizes the risk of scarring, infection, or long-term pigmentation changes.
Decreased Downtime – Depending on the type of procedure, most fractional patients can return to normal daily activities almost immediately for fractional non-ablative treatments
A rapid re-epithelialization helps reduce the chance of infection and minimize complications by quickly protecting the treated tissue while it continues to heal.
Is a Fractional laser skin treatment comfortable?
Fractional laser skin treatments are far more comfortable than traditional laser treatments. However, treatments typically require a topical anesthetic before the procedure.
How many fractional laser skin treatments will I need?
The number of treatments necessary will depend on the condition being treated. It may take one-three treatments to achieve the desired results, Patients should consider how quick they would like to see results and how much downtime they are willing to experience when deciding on what type of treatments to have.
How do I book my appointment?
For further information or to arrange a consultation, call Dr Joney De Souza Aesthetic Clinic at 98 Crawford Street on 020 7043 0748
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