ProFractional™ Laser Therapy is a celebrity favorite (See Chelsea Handler’s Before/After, which she did not get paid to endorse) for good reason. The ablative laser, which means more dramatic results with fewer treatments, uses an advanced technology that triggers collagen production. This resurfacing treatment addresses concerns such as wrinkles, skin laxity, poor texture and tone, photo damage and scars. Our expert nurses will work with you to tailor the perfect treatment plan to your goals.
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Infection is NOT common after treatments. Signs of an infection can be: a fever of 101F or greater, pus material, extreme pain and skin that is hot to the touch, redness or a rash that does not disappear. If you experience an outbreak of a herpetic lesion (cold sore) or anything that is unusual a clinician must be notified to prescribe appropriate medical care. If any of the above occur please call during our business hours of 10am-7pm at 415.346.6281. Be Patient! It takes 2-4 weeks to see improvement. This treatment stimulates collagen growth, but it takes time to happen. Collagen rebuilding will continue to show improvement for six months.
What is ProFractional?
ProFractional is a laser procedure with relatively little downtime, used for improving wrinkles and scars. It is a form of laser resurfacing that has come to replace carbon dioxide laser resurfacing.
What can be treated with ProFractional?
ProFracational can be used to help improve the look of wrinkles and fine lines, acne scars and sun-damaged skin.
How does it work?
ProFractional uses laser energy to create thousands of microscopic wounds in the skin that are surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. The thousands of small wounds created by the laser stimulate production of new collagen. The result is overall tightening of the skin and diminishing wrinkles and scars.
Who should consider a ProFractional treatment?
Patients looking to improve the appearance of scars or sun damage in a comfortable treatment with a fast recovery may be great candidates for ProFractional treatments.
What areas can be treated?
Most skin areas can be treated. Popular areas are the face, neck, and chest.
Does the treatment hurt?
There is moderate pain associated with ProFractional treatments. An anesthetic cream is applied 60 minutes before the procedure to reduce pain during the procedure. A regional nerve block may be used for additional pain control.
How many treatments will I need?
ProFractional is typically done in a series of 1-4 treatments, spaced 3-6 weeks apart, depending on your desired improvement.
How long will it take for my skin to heal?
Immediately following the procedure you will experience swelling, redness, bleeding and a hot sunburn sensation. The burning sensation generally lasts 2-4 hours. Facial swelling, especially around the eyes, is normal and can last for a week following the procedure. Complete healing takes about 5 days however, most patients can get back to work and apply makeup three days after the treatment.
How much does the treatment cost?
The cost of treatment depends on the location, size of the area to be treated and the estimated number of treatments necessary. Please refer to our Menu of Services brochure for specific pricing.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser hand piece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the laser energy 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.
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