Many of us have a scar that we would prefer not to have. Scars can be caused by a range of problems including injury, surgery, acne or skin grafting. All of these scars can be effectively treated reducing redness and their overall appearance.
**DISCLAIMER: results may vary from person to person
Fractional laser successfully treats all scars.
How does fractional skin resurfacing work?
Minute sections of the skin are targeted with laser light, which penetrate into the tissue, causing small columns of thermal damage to stimulate significant collagen renewal. The surrounding non-affected areas of skin aid the body’s natural recovery process, for dramatic results without significant downtime.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Treatment is suitable for most people and highly recommended for individuals wanting a brighter, more even skin tone, smoother skin texture with improved skin elasticity, a reduction of wrinkles, reduced pore size and improvement to scars (including acne scars) and stretch marks.
How is the treatment carried out?
The skin is cleansed and the handpiece is moved over the skin delivering tiny microscopic laser beams. Typically treatment time varies depending upon the skin condition and the area being treated, but will range from 10 to 40 minutes. After treatment the skin is cooled. Protective eye wear must be worn during treatment.
How does the treatment feel?
A warm, heating sensation is felt during treatment with some mild stinging. After treatment the skin can be quite hot and so cooling packs are often utilised to minimise discomfort.
What should I expect after treatment?
You will experience a mild sunburnt sensation for a few hours after treatment and the skin may be red for 1 to 2 days. This is a normal sign that the skin is healing at a deep level. Swelling is likely but minimal, and resolves in 2 to 3 days. As the healing process occurs, your skin may have a ‘bronzed’ appearance that lasts from 3 to 10 days, depending on the treatment level. Your skin will naturally exfoliate and may flake as if you had mild sunburn.
Are there any side effects?
Skin redness, swelling and the bronzing appearance described above are all expected outcomes of treatment. Other adverse effects are rare but can include a small blister or temporary change to skin pigmentation, such as a darkening of the skin.
How many treatments are necessary?
Improvement is evident after the first session, but for optimum results 3 to 5 treatment sessions are often advised. Treatment is carried out every 2 to 6 weeks, depending upon the level of rejuvenation required.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained to confirm suitability. Before proceeding with treatment you will also be asked to complete a consent form.