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Fractional Laser Treatment

Fractional Laser Treatment

Fractional laser treatment is a cosmetic procedure that improves skin texture, tone, and appearance. It delivers concentrated beams of laser energy to targeted areas of the skin, creating microchannels in the top layer of the skin that stimulate the body's natural healing response. This process promotes collagen and elastin production, producing smoother, firmer skin with reduced wrinkles, scars, and irregular pigmentation. The procedure will require multiple sessions for optimal results, however, with our YSGG laser, it will require minimal downtime and side effects compared to other laser treatments.

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The Procedure for Fractional Laser Treatment

The procedure typically begins with a consultation, during which one of our doctors assesses the patient's skin condition and discusses their goals and expectations. Once it is determined that fractional laser treatment is suitable, the patient's skin is thoroughly cleansed, and a topical numbing cream may be applied to ensure comfort during the procedure.

During the treatment, the fractional laser device emits precise beams of laser energy onto the skin's surface, creating microscopic channels known as microthermal zones. These zones of controlled injury trigger the body's natural healing process, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers, essential for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. The fractional nature of the laser means that only a fraction of the skin's surface is treated at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue intact to aid in the healing process and minimize downtime.

While the procedure may cause some discomfort or a sensation of heat or burning, the topical numbing cream and cooling devices incorporated into the laser system help minimize discomfort. Samples of professional skin care products will be given to you after treatment to help aide in the healing process.

Following the fractional laser treatment, the skin may appear red or swollen, similar to a mild sunburn, and there may be some minor peeling or flaking as the skin heals. It's crucial to follow post-procedure instructions provided by your doctor, which may include gentle skincare routines, avoiding direct sun exposure, and applying sunscreen regularly to protect the newly treated skin. Depending on the individual's skin condition and desired results, most people require 3-5 treatments, typically spaced 4-6 weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

Who is a candidate?

The fractional laser treats:

Fine lines and wrinkles

As we age, the natural production of collagen and elastin in our skin diminishes, forming fine lines and wrinkles. Fractional laser treatment stimulates collagen remodeling by creating microthermal zones in the skin, resulting in smoother, firmer skin texture. Over time, this process can significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restoring a more youthful appearance to the skin.

Acne Scars and other scarring

Acne scars and other types of scarring can often be a source of frustration and self-consciousness. Fractional laser treatment targets scar tissue, promoting the regeneration of healthy skin cells and smoothing out uneven texture. Whether you're dealing with pitted acne scars or surgical scars, fractional laser therapy can help minimize their appearance, restoring confidence in your complexion.

Pigmentation and Melasma

Sunspots, age spots, and other pigmentation irregularities can add years to your appearance and detract from the overall clarity of your skin. This fractional laser treatment effectively targets and breaks down brown excess pigment, revealing a more even-toned complexion. With each treatment session, pigmentation irregularities fade, leaving behind luminous, youthful-looking skin.
Some individuals may not be a candidate due to certain medical conditions. Your dental professional will do a thorough evaluation before treatment and may consult with your primary care provider.

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Recovery and Aftercare

Following fractional laser treatment, it's normal to experience some redness, swelling, and mild discomfort, similar to a sunburn. However, these side effects typically subside within a few days to a week. Dryness may persist 2-4 weeks post treatment.

Potential side effects

  • Discomfort during and after the procedure
  • Burning sensation
  • Skin color changes
  • Infection
  • Delayed healing
  • Prolonged redness
  • Scarring
  • Acne-like eruptions during the healing period
  • Anything related to minor skin damage

It's crucial to follow post-procedure instructions provided by our doctor, which may include:

  • Using gentle skincare products
  • Avoid makeup 48-72 hours
  • Avoiding direct sun exposure and wearing sunscreen daily
  • Moisturizing the skin to promote healing
  • Avoiding picking or scratching at the treated area
  • Avoid exercise or sweating for 48-72 hours
  • Use Tylenol as needed for discomfort

Fractional laser treatment offers a comprehensive solution for addressing many skincare concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to pigmentation irregularities and scarring. Visit Hendricks Family Dentistry at 4181 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212, or call 330-225-1433 to explore the benefits of fractional laser treatment and embark on your journey towards healthier, more beautiful skin.

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