Fractionated Photo-Rejuvenation

Cutis Clinic is always one step ahead in the field of aesthetic medicine.  Fractionated lasers can be combined with other treatments to dramatically improve facial skin texture and tone after only a single treatment.

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  • This technique combines BroadBand Light (BBL) with a customised fractionated laser resurfacing technique
  • Fractionated photo-rejuvenation has revolutionized facial rejuvenation with extraordinary results after a single session
  • An excellent method for the treatment of freckles, solar damage and uneven facial pigmentation
  • Also applicable for chest, neck and décolletage areas
  • All skin types, including darker skin, can be safely and effectively treated
  • The results of fractionated photo-rejuvenation are far superior than treatment with BBL alone

This procedure combines two treatments into one to give far superior results than either procedure alone. In the past, BBL has been a proven method of photorejuvenation that safely and effectively reduces superficial pigmentation. However, the potential effects of BBL have been hampered by the number of treatments required (up to 3) and the inability to safely and consistently treat darker skin types.  Additionally, deeper pigmentation is relatively resistant to BBL treatment. With the addition of fractionated photo-rejuvenation, Cutis Clinic combines a more specific form of BroadBand Light together with a shallow resurfacing technique known as fractionation to give far superior results than BBL alone.

BBL treatments address superficial pigmentation, while fractionated laser penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to target deeper pigmentation as well as stimulating new collagen production. Increased collagen production is necessary to improve skin tone; reducing pigmentation improves texture. Fractionation involves the delivery of very tiny columns of laser light energy into the deeper dermal layers of the skin. The ‘fraction’ of the skin’s surface treated is determined by your treating physician and is dependent upon factors such as your skin type, pigmentation type and desired downtime.

This procedure can be used for the rejuvenation of various areas of your skin. Facial pigmentation including freckles and sun damage respond well to this method. Additionally, we have achieved excellent results on the neck, décolletage, hands and forearms. Both skin texture (pigmentation and roughness) and skin tone (laxity and wrinkling) can be addressed with fractionated photo-rejuvenation .  For clients looking for visible and tangible improvements in skin tone, a greater degree of ‘fractionation’ is administered to optimally stimulate collagen production.

Fractionated photo-rejuvenation is a two step process. The first step is BroadBand Light (BBL) treatment.

Your make-up is removed and your face (or to-be-treated area) cleansed.  Your eyes are protected with eyepads and a translucent gel is applied to the face. This facilitates even transmission of the broadband light source. Treatment takes approximately 15 minutes and is well tolerated by most clients.  After completion of this first step, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the treated areas, ensuring the skin is relatively numb prior to the following step of fractionated laser treatment. It takes approximately 60 minutes for this cream to take effect. Fractionated laser resurfacing is performed and  takes between 15-20 minutes.  A cool compress is then placed on the treated areas and an occlusive gel applied.

Post-procedure care is simple. We provide a hypoallergenic and non-irritating face wash and an occlusive gel to use twice a day for the next 72 to 96 hours. Sun avoidance is absolutely vital for at least 3 weeks post procedure and a sunscreen should be applied daily to maintain results.

Where several treatments are advised, we generally space them at 4-6 weeks intervals.

We often refer to this technique as the ‘weekend resurfacing technique’. If the procedure is conducted on a Friday, clients often return to work on the Monday. In 80-90% of cases, full recovery takes place within 72-96 hours of the procedure. Downtime (time during which the skin is still healing and make-up must be avoided) is dependent on the intensity of the procedure and the severity of the skin condition. Your treating physician will assess your skin and discuss downtime with you prior to the procedure.

This procedure is a superficial resurfacing treatment and complications are very rare. The most common side effects are:

  • Demarcation: can occur between the treated and untreated sites. If this occurs, your dermatologist may recommend  a second session to treat and blend in the surrounding areas.
  • Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation: occasionally seen in darker skin types, presenting as darkening of the treated area. This effect settles through the application of skin-lightening agents and sun protection.
  • Blistering: is uncommon and seen in less than 1% of cases.  Any blistering settles within 3-4 days.
  • Infection: very rare. Notify your treating physician if you are prone to cold sores or come into contact with cold sores after the procedure.

Trusting a physician to give safe and effective results can be daunting for many. Laser and procedure trained dermatologists and registered nurses at Cutis Clinic are equipped with the expertise and the latest technology to offer optimal results to all of our clients.

Call Cutis Clinic direct on (07) 3088 6985 to make an appointment.

Fractionated photo-rejuvenation has combined two great treatments to give compounded results.  Fractionated laser gives me the ability to fine-tune treatment parameters and acknowledge the client’s available downtime, as well as enabling me to concentrate on the more resistant areas of pigmentation.

Fractionated photo-rejuvenation has also given us the opportunity to effectively and safely address pigmentation issues in darker skin types including our Asian and Latino clients. The use of BBL alone is relatively contra-indicative in these skin types; however, fractionated laser opens up avenues that were once closed.

In summary, this treatment is a safe and excellent method for the treatment of the vast majority of pigmented skin conditions, including freckles, solar hyperpigmentation and age spots.