The ProFractional laser resurfacing procedure uses a 2940 nm Erbium YAG laser delivered through a focused scanning device that fractionally and precisely vaporises (ablates) micro laser channels at a predetermined depth into the skin.
The device has the ability to create micro channels while leaving the area around the channels intact. This leads to new collagen synthesis. The depth and percentage of these channels can be set depending on patient need and how much down time there will be with the procedure.
The ProFractional device improves texture and skin tone and conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, and various scars. Although it requires a week’s downtime, the results are significant and it is currently one of the best ways to achieve global rejuvenation of the face.
The ProFractional treatment may produce scanning patterns visible on the skin. This event usually fades while in the healing phase. Healing of the skin takes 5-7 days depending on the depth of the treatment. There is initially some pinpoint bleeding and during the healing phase there is obvious redness and flaking and generally the face is not socially presentable for the first 5 days.
Topical local anaesthesia is applied for an hour before the procedure and is supplemented with topical nerve blocks to make the procedure comfortable.
The procedure itself takes around an hour and then it is advisable to remain in the rooms for icing and recovery for at least 30 minutes afterwards.