October 29, 2020
Winter is the perfect season to schedule laser skin treatments!
Why? Due to the nature of how lasers work, certain treatments aren't appropriate to perform on tanned skin or skin that has recently been exposed to the sun. Also, laser treatments may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, just like some antibiotics. By winter, most of our tans have faded, and we find ourselves spending more and more time inside and out of the sun. If you're searching for a laser treatment that addresses multiple skin concerns at one time and will leave you looking radiant for the upcoming holiday season, look no further than our new Lumenis® Photofrational™ treatment.
What is Photofractional™?
Photofrational™ is a complete skin rejuvenation solution that enables your laser technician to treat a range of skin concerns during one treatment, including sun spots, age spots, broken capillaries, acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and more. The treatment can be performed almost anywhere on the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, legs, hands, and even the abdomen. Photofractional™ combines the power of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and our ResurFX™ non-ablative laser resurfacing. This power duo simultaneously improves skin texture and skin tone in the same treatment session.
How does Photofractional™ work?
IPL technology utilizes wavelengths of light that are attracted to the pigment and superficial blood vessels in your skin. Dark spots, sun damage, and broken capillaries absorb the energy from the laser. As a result, pigment damage progressively lightens, and broken blood vessels close down and eventually disappear. Your skin is left clearer, more even, and much brighter!
ResurFX™ uses a fractionated laser beam to create a grid of tiny thermal injuries on the surface of your skin. Your laser technician can control your treatment depth to address common concerns such as acne scarring, enlarged pores, and stretch marks. ResurFX™ stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin fibers in the deeper layers of your skin, which results in firmer, smoother, and tighter skin over time.
What results can I expect with Photofractional™?
If you are someone who likes the idea of tackling multiple skin concerns with a single treatment and minimal downtime - Photofractional™ is for you! Immediately after treatment, you will feel like you have a mild to moderate sunburn. This may last for 24-48 hours. Your skin will be slightly flushed and you may experience light flaking three to five days after treatment.
As the days pass, you'll see a clearer and brighter skin tone begin to emerge. As the weeks and months progress, your skin will appear firmer, smoother, and tighter. Although great results are seen with only one Photofractional™, a series of at least three are recommended to experience the best results, especially in the case of acne scarring, stretch marks, and deeper wrinkling.