Fractionated laser therapy has changed the way we treat acne scars, pigmentation and photoageing. Fractionated laser treats a fraction of the skin with minimal downtime and risk, and maximum results.
- Fractionated laser is used to treat acne scars, chicken pox scars and traumatic scars
- Fractionation also reverses photoageing and reduces the appearance of freckles and wrinkles
- Fractional or fractionated laser is often combined with BroadBand Light (BBL) to provide fractionated photorejuvenation for superior results
- Fractionated laser treats only a small area of the skin enabling rapid healing and minimal side effects
- Healing time can be just 1-2 days
Fractionated Laser Therapy is a quick and effective laser procedure with minimal downtime. It is the perfect treatment for improving overall skin appearance. The procedure can be customised to address a wide range of skin conditions and improve outcomes.
Acne scarring and scars resulting from other conditions such as chicken pox, surgery and trauma are all eligible for laser therapy. For severe scarring, we recommend a series of 3 treatments.
Fractionated laser can also treat hyperpigmentation and freckling. In certain clinical situations a combination of BBL with fractionated laser therapy can be used. We call this innovative treatment Fractionated Photo-Rejuvenation – a combination that dramatically enhances skin texture and tone in just 1-2 treatments.
Fractionated laser also targets photoageing and wrinkles. For severe cases, a recommended series of 2-3 treatments will provide optimal results.
ProFractional – a laser made by Sciton – utilizes a tiny laser beam that targets thousands of pinpoint areas on your skin. The laser is extremely attracted to the water molecules in the upper layers of your skin. Once the laser energy is applied, it ablates a layer of skin to a precisely-controlled depth. As only a fraction of your skin is directly heated with the laser, surrounding untreated tissue are able to assist in the healing process, speeding it up. Damage to a small area also signals the body to create new collagen, the result of which further firms and strengthens each layer of your skin.
ProFractional penetrates deep into the skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding tissue. This allows efficacious collagen remodeling (treatments depth) and a high level of safety (low thermal damage) on all skin types.
This makes ProFractional one of the safest, most effective resurfacing lasers available.
Most areas of intact skin can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, although many people request laser treatment to the chest and back of the hands. Your specialist will adjust the laser settings for the specific area being treated.
Laser treatments are performed in one of the Cutis Clinic laser rooms. Local anaesthetic is applied 60 minutes before treatment. The to-be-treated skin is then cleansed and your eyes are protected with safety shields. A laser-emitting wand will be applied gently to the skin. When laser energy is activated you will hear a quick succession of snapping sounds was the computer-guided wand scans the laser beam over the treatment area. The device will be moved to specific locations until the entire target area has been treated. TA facial procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes. Following the procedure a topical ointment will be applied and aftercare instructions given by your dermatologist.
ProFractional laser therapy is commonly regarded as a comfortable treatment and well tolerated in combination with an anaesthetic cream.
Following the procedure, you may experience mild redness and a light burning sensation. Your specialist will advise specific after-treatment care dependent upon your skin type. This may include analgesics and the application of an ointment to keep the skin well moisturised.
You may be given skin care products and instructions on how to use them after the procedure. Your skin will be very sensitive to ultra-violet light and it is important that you avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed or until sunscreen is tolerated. You should always use a high SPF factor sunscreen to prevent solar damage and premature skin ageing.
Other important aspects of aftercare are to use a gentle cleanser morning and night to remove any debris and old skin, and apply a nourishing moisturiser as skin heals more quickly when moist. The skin should not be picked or rubbed as this can cause scarring. Active skincare ingredients should be avoided for at least 1 month post-treatment or until tolerated. Cool compresses or thermal water sprays can be used to soothe the skin. Ice packs should be avoided.
If you have a history of cold sores, please notify your treating physician so he or she can prescribe anti-viral medication.
For superficial treatments, healing typically occurs within a few days and most patients feel comfortable enough to resume daily activities and apply make-up 2-3 days post treatment. Noticable swelling will subside within a few days following treatment. For deeper treatments such as acne scarring and wrinkle reduction, healing may take longer. Your treating laser specialist will inform you of the best compromise between results and downtime.
When fractionated laser treatment is performed to treat conditions such as hyperpigmentation, results are noticed within the first week post treatment. During the following weeks, a general tightening effect is noticed. However, the true benefit of fractionated laser treatment is the collagen remodeling that takes place in the 3 to 4 months following your treatment.
For more severe conditions such as acne scarring and wrinkle reduction it may take several months to see maximum benefit.
Fractionated laser treatments are regarded as safe around the world. As only a fraction of the skin is affected, even deeper treatments can be classified as extremely safe. Your treating specialist will provide more information on the risks associated with all types of procedure. One of the best ways in reducing the possibility of complications is to follow after-treatment care instructions and attend follow-up appointment provided by our registered nurse or dermatologist. Infection can occur; however, by maintaining strict aftercare and letting the treating physician know of any previous history with cold sores you can significantly reduce the risk of infection and ensure proper healing.
Excellent results can be obtained after just one treatment; however, the number of treatments may vary from patient to patient. Some seek the minimal downtime advantages of very conservative treatments and choose to extend their therapy over several sessions (3 to 4). Others desire more rapid results and are able to tolerate longer downtime, preferring a more aggressive single treatment. Your treating physician can personalise a plan based on your specific needs and may choose to combine fractionated laser therapy with other aesthetic procedures to further fine-tune your treatment and results.
Trusting a physician to perform laser procedures on your face can be a daunting experienced. Laser and procedure trained dermatologists and registered nurses have the expertise and access to the latest technology to offer optimal results to all of our patients. At Cutis Clinic, only highly qualified physicians perform our fractional laser treatments, so you can be sure that you are always in the most experienced hands.
Call us directly on (07) 3088 6985 to make an appointment to discuss your treatment options.
Fractionated laser resurfacing has truly revolutionised laser surgery.
Depending on the patient’s downtime, their skin type and the severity of the condition, laser parameters can be adjusted accordingly. The adepth accuracy and ‘fraction’ of treated skin is under complete control. This minimizes risks and enhances recovery, at the same time achieving optimal results.