The Sciton® PROFILE® Laser featuring the 2940nm ProFractionalTM Scanner has become a widely used tool by leading plastic surgeons and dermatologist around the world for the reduction of fine lines; wrinkles; scars; pigmentation; collagen stimulation and remodeling; skin tightening/toning; and facial rejuvenation. The Sciton laser is unique because it offers state-of-the-art modalities in one system that can treat a wide variety of skin conditions.
Fractional laser treatments with Sciton’s ProFractionalTM scanner allows your skin to heal much faster than if 100% of the entire skin surface was treated at once. ProFractionalTM laser treatments treat sun spots and age spots, improves uneven pigmentation, improves wrinkles, uneven skin texture, acne scars, and stimulates collegen formation with minimal downtime than traditional laser therapies. Winston Salem Dermatology and Surgery Center’s licensed physicians use these lasers for ProFractional resurfacing.
What is the ProFractionalTM Laser Treatment?
The ProFractionalTM laser is a “fractionated” Erbium:Yag 2940nm laser treatment that produces thousands of deep, precise, microscopic, thermal-columns into your skin without affecting any of the surrounding tissue. This reduces discomfort and shortens healing time while promoting the skin’s natural process for creating new, healthier tissue to replace the damaged cells. This healing process stimulates collegen fibers and skin rejuvenation occurs.
How is the ProFractionalTM laser different from other laser treatments?
Before ProfractionalTM laser treatments, there were two types of available laser treatments: Fully ablative laser treatments (Co2 lasers) and non-ablative treatments. Fully ablative laser treatments involve the aggressive vaporization of skin cells at very high temperature. This treatment is very effective but it has been associated with a high incidence of side effects and requires months to heal. Non-ablative laser treatments have lower incidences of side effects with much shorter healing periods, but requires numerous treatments over many months, and they have had marginal results at best. ProFractionalTM treatments strive to offer the effectiveness of ablative lasers with the benefits of the gentler, non-ablative lasers.
How does the ProFractionalTM laser work?
The ProFractionalTM laser is designed to target specific portions of damaged tissue cells by creating microscopic “wounds” within the treatment areas. During the healing process, these microscopic channels of ablated tissue are attacked by the surrounding healthy tissue. As a result of this specifically targeted injury, the body’s natural immune response accelerates fibroblast production, which then grows the new collagen and elastin fibers that, ultimately, transforms your appearance.
What are the risks of ProFractionalTM Laser Treatments?
Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from this treatment. If swelling does occur, it is minimal and generally subsides within a two to four days. Redness may occur, and it will fade within a few days. Peeling of the skin may also occur. As always with skin surgery, there is a very limited risk of infection or scarring. Our physicians are available 24 hours a day to assess any potential complications and manage any issues that may arise during your healing process.
How many treatments will I need?
Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 1-3 sessions, spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. Results are immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allows for complete healing and replacement of damaged tissue with new collagen and elastin, and viable healthy skin cell growth.
Is the ProFractionalTM Laser Treatment painful?
Most patients describe the treatment as having a “prickling” sensation. A topical anesthetic is available if desired.
What precautions should I take after treatment?
We recommend using an antimicrobial ointment during the healing process. You must apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher (UVA/UVB) after every two hours of sun exposure. Avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process and for at least 3 months after treatment.
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