ProFractional laser treatment is a unique resurfacing technique that focuses on improving the overall quality of the skin. Through targeted treatments that drastically reduce healing time, ProFractional can effectively target textural issues, wrinkles, acne scars, and other imperfections.
Unlike full field resurfacing which removes the entire surface area of a treatment site, ProFractional ablates narrow-diameter channels into the skin, covering a fraction of the total treatment area. This action initiates the body’s wound healing response, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact for rapid healing.
ProFractional laser resurfaces the skin with energy to minimize pigment and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment is incredibly successful because it penetrates the deeper layers of the skin and removes the outermost layer. This process reverses sun damage and discoloration of the skin so that the complexion is fresh, youthful, and bright.
After the top layer of skin has been resurfaced, the body heals the micro-wounds which in turn creates heightened collagen and elastin production. The increased production of collagen and elastin lasts long after the skin has healed, for up to 6 months. When more elastic and collagen are present in the skin the complexion is softer, tauter, and smoother.
This treatment achieves excellent fractionated resurfacing results while prioritizing patient comfort and minimizing downtime, even for deeper ablation depths. As the gold standard Erbium laser, it has high ablation efficiency and very little thermal conduction.
This treatment can before on the face, neck, and décolleté. ProFractional can also be used on stretchmarks on the body, and great for acne scars as well. Our extremely well-trained providers are excited to help create a customizing treatment plan to address your unique concerns. Get started today stimulating your natural collagen remodeling.
Before the treatment, the provider will place a topical anesthetic ointment on the skin for improved comfort to numb the area being treated.
You should feel slight discomfort as the provider preforms the treatment which takes approximately 40 minutes. After the treatment, most patients will continue to feel warm for an additional 30 to 60 minutes, or a bit longer with deeper treatment levels. The skin is swollen, red, and may even bleed a bit. It should feel like a bad sunburn, so while uncomfortable it is not unmanageable. This response is normal.
What’s amazing about ProFractional laser treatments is that every day you heal your skin will look better and better. After you’ve fully healed in 6 to 10 days, clients will see incredible results, but the full effects of this ProFractional laser will be seen at 2-3 months post- treatments as collagen production is kicked into overdrive.
Erbium:YAG lasers are optimal for skin ablation primarily because of the wavelength this technology generates at 2,940 nm, while CO2 has a much longer wavelength at 10,600 nm. Erbium:YAG lasers have a very efficient beam to target water and relatively limited hemoglobin absorption. Because water is such a critical component in the epidermal and dermal tissue, the 2,940 nm wavelength produced by Erbium:YAG lasers is capable of rapidly vaporizing water residing in the skin. This unique wavelength delivers an almost instant skin ablation while limiting heat damage in the surrounding area.
This thermal damage is the biggest difference between Erbium and Carbon Dioxide lasers. Carbon Dioxide lasers have been used to treat and ablate the skin since the 1970s. However, because the absorption in skin tissue is relatively low compared to Erbium lasers (in both water and hemoglobin), their result is substantial excess heat in the surrounding tissue. The consequences of that are localized necrosis (tissue death that leads to slower recovery time), more post-treatment discomfort, and greater instances of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), all while not necessarily allowing for better results when compared to Erbium lasers.
Important facts to review prior your appointment, if any of these apply to you, please contact us by phone.
Please review the following information to properly care for yourself after your treatment. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.
First 24 hours
Apply thin layer of the small custom jar of ointment numerous times during 24 hours post treatment to ensure ample hydration. Treatment day(at home before bed)- Wash face at home with gentle foaming cleanser, then apply custom ointment. This will be done at the 24 hour post care appointment (next morning in office). Do not miss post care next day appointment!
24 – 48 hours: Follow steps morning, noon and night
Days 3 – 7: Follow steps morning, noon and night
Post 8 Days:
Return to skincare regime recommended by Central Wellness. Using over-the-counter products will hinder outcome.
Post 14 Days:
Stop using Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar and start using the Alastin Restorative Skin Complex along with your daily routine.
May use Benadryl as need for itching and at night to help sleep
WARNING: Do not substitute or add any products without the permission of the Providers at Central Wellness
Completely avoid sun exposure (either direct or indirect) for the first 3 weeks following the procedure.
The best time to give your skin the best care is now! Call 406.869.1066 or book your consultation online. Our experienced and friendly staff are waiting to help you reach your skin care goals!