There are two different wavelengths (1927nm and 1550nm) for treating different skin concerns. The 1927nm wavelength is used to treat issues such as pigmentation, sun damage, and improving skin quality, tone and texture. The 1550nm wavelength is primarily for acne scarring and other types of scarring.
Fractional Laser 1927nm is best for:
Complexion and skin tone
Fine lines and large pores
Sun damage and pre-cancerous sun spots
Sun damage to lips (actinic cheilitis)
How often does a Fractional treatment need to be done?
Usually approximately 3 treatment sessions are recommended with a minimum of 4 weeks apart, this can vary on the type and degree of scarring.
What can the patient expect from this treatment?
Patients can expect smoother, healthier, more vibrant skin. Patients with acne scarring can expect gradual improvement with each treatment.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure may be uncomfortable and will therefore require some form of anaesthetic. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied 45 minutes prior to the treatment commencing and is very effective in numbing the skin. After the procedure, there will be a mild burning sensation for several hours. This is usually well tolerated.
Do I have to wear any type of dressing or bandage after the treatment?
No. Your clinician will prescribe an ointment such as Bepanthen QV Intensive or Flamigel. This is used as a barrier to keep the air away from your skin while you grow new epithelium (connective tissue). You will probably use it for one to two days. After that, a moisturiser can be used. Patients with darker skin types may need to apply skin whitening (bleaching) cream to prevent darkening of the skin after treatment.
How long is the healing process?
The healing process varies from patient to patient as well as the depth and density of the treatment. Generally it takes around 5 to 7 days to recover fully from the treatment. Some patients are even able to return to work immediately after treatment with make-up applied if needed (Oxygenetics).
Immediately following the procedure you’ll feel as if you’ve been sunburnt. Mild swelling and redness will persist for 2 to 3 days, but there’s usually no bleeding or oozing.
Over the next few days, you’ll experience minor flaking of the skin. By day two, redness will begin to fade, and the skin might take on a bronzed appearance and start to flake. Most redness and flaking will settle in one week’s time. For some people who are prone to redness, the skin may look red for a little longer but will eventually settle. For best results, patients should avoid the sun thereafter and use regular sun protection.
Is everyone suitable for Fractional resurfacing?
Unfortunately not everyone is suitable for Fractional Laser Resurfacing due to risks involved. Patients that are contraindicated to this treatment are listed below, we do not treat:
Pregnant or breast-feeding women
Children under the age of 18 without parental consent
Any area where current significant skin disease or infections such as cold sores are present
Patients with (darker) skin types 5–6 are at greater risk of post-treatment pigmentation
Anyone with a history of keloid scarring (check with doctor)
Anyone with an emotional, mental or medical condition that may impair judgment