Patient needs to remove all jewellery and makeup. Wash face with cleansing lotion and water prior to treatment.
An anaesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area. It takes about 45-60 minutes for the anaesthetic to take full effect.
The anaesthetic cream is removed and a gliding gel is then applied to the treatment area, which helps the laser to lay down an even MTZ spot pattern.
Application of Fractional Laser
Treatment time will depend on the areas being treated, but a full face will take around 30 minutes.
The pain associated with the procedure is dependent on the energy delivered to the treatment site. It is essential that the strong anaesthetic cream provided with the Fractional laser is used.
A cooling mask is used to reduce the discomfort during the procedure.
Post-Treatment and Recovery
Patients may experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour after the procedure.
Swelling is usually minimal and should resolve in 2-3 days.
The skin will have a pinkish tone for 3-5 days.
Within 24 hours new epidermal skin develops and the skin will have a bronze appearance that can last between 3-14 days. Flaking of the skin may also occur as new skin replaces dead skin tissue. This can be treated with a moisturising cream.
During the healing phase and for several months after treatment, it is recommended that the treatment area be protected using a moisturising sun block with an SPF of at least 30+. Protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats should also be used.
Four to five treatments with Fractional Laser is required, depending on the energy level used. These are spaced one month apart. The results are not immediate and are slowly progressive, with optimal improvement visible over a three to four month period. This timeframe and treatment regimen allows for complete healing and replacement of damaged tissue with new collagen and elastin, and viable healthy skin cell growth.