When it comes to reviving your skin's overall texture, including softening the difficult-to-treat fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, no cosmetic procedure rivals the effectiveness of laser skin resurfacing. Houston's Dr. Christine Cheng tailors her treatment plans at Nuveau Medical Aesthetics to the individual patient, suggesting this therapy for those who would most benefit from maximum rejuvenation with minimal recovery time required.
Fractional resurfacing, also known as ProFractional Therapy, is a quick and comfortable laser skin resurfacing procedure used for improving the overall appearance of your skin with little subsequent downtime. The procedure can be customized to your specific skin conditions and desired outcome. Most areas of the body can be treated, so popular laser skin resurfacing treatment areas are the face and neck, though many people also treat the chest and hands.
ProFractional Therapy is "fractionated" laser skin resurfacing, meaning only a portion of the skin is treated in a single session. The treatment uses a laser beam that creates thousands of pinpoint channels in your skin, but because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. The skin's wound healing response creates new collagen, which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.
Before the treatment, your skin will be cleaned and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser hand piece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the energy laser is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds. The hand piece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire treatment area has been covered. The laser skin resurfacing procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
ProFractional Therapy is widely regarded as a comfortable treatment, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic, depending on the depth of the treatment.
Excellent results can be obtained in just one laser skin resurfacing treatment, though the number of treatments needed may vary from patient to patient. We can personalize a plan based on your specific needs, and we may suggest combining ProFractional Therapy with other aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.
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Immediately following your laser skin resurfacing, you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling a sunburn. Your after-treatment care may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist. Note that your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the treatment, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. We recommend that you always use some level of solar protection to avoid sun damage.
Complete healing after laser skin resurfacing typically occurs within a few days, and most patients usually feel comfortable enough to get back to work and apply makeup a few days later. There will be some swelling that will subside within several days following the treatment.
As your skin heals, you may notice a general tightening effect, but remember that the true benefit of ProFractional Therapy is the collagen remodeling that happens during the four to six months following your treatment.