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Fractional Treatments


Fractional treatments or fractional laser resurfacing is a relatively new method of skin rejuvenation. It was introduced in 2003 and what makes it different to standard methods of laser resurfacing is that it only treats a fraction of the skin, leaving the surrounding areas alone. This fractional treatment allows for a faster treatment and rapid healing as well as virtually no downtime.
 
How does a fractional laser work?
 
A fractional treatment means only specific areas are targeted and treated using laser energy delivered in small, closely spaced micro beams. The dermis and the epidermis are both treated only in a small proportion while the srrounding tissues are left intact. This means the skin heals much faster  as only fractional damege was casued by the laser. The fractional treated cells start the process of healing with collagen remodeliing while the unaffected surrounding cells help to fill the damaged area with new cells. In doing this the skin then heals and tightens and the texture improves.
 
What conditions can be treated with fractional laser
  • Wrinkels
  • Melasma
  • Acne
  • Scars
  • Sun damage
  • Brown spots
Are there any precautions or contraindications?
 
If you have a history of skin sensitivity to light and an active infection near the treatment site then you should not undergo fractional laser treatment. If you have a darker skin type then you must discuss this with your consultant before undergoing fractional laser as darker skin types run the risk of hyper pigmentation.
 
The process
 
The trratment is gnernally well tolerated by patients and the only sensation that is reported is that if a mild pricklings and or a slight burning sensation. A anaesthetic cream such as EMLA can be applied prior to treatment to reduce any pain or discomfort. Some use system also have an integrated cooling system tohelp reduce the discomfrot and often coolings gels are applied before and afte treatment.
 
Post treatment
 
The downtime for fractional laser treatment is relatively small. You will generally be allowed to return to usual activities straight after the treatment but skin maybe red and swollen for upto a wekk post treatment. Most of the time make-up can be applied immediately after treatment to help camouflage the redness. It is also advisible to avoid sunlight as the skin will be extremely sensitive to light.
 
Pricing information
 
Usually multiple session are required around 3 to 5 ay 5-7 day intervals with dramatic improvements visible in 2 to 3 months and the prices vary from clinic to clinic but are genrally from £400-£1000 per treatment
 
See video below for a Fractional Treatment using Fotona laser generator