Clinic Services

Fractional Lasers

What is Laser Resurfacing?

Ablative Laser resurfacing has been the “Gold Standard” for non surgical facial rejuvenation and removal of facial skin wrinkles and photo aging since 1995.

However laser resurfacing has several limitations including a prolonged recovery period, often lasting three weeks, prolonged facial redness that can last three months, lightening of skin color, and the potential for infection which can lead to scarring.

Recently, a new technology called fractional laser resurfacing has been developed which has dramatically shortened recovery time and lessened the occurrence of complications.

With fractional laser resurfacing the laser beam is broken up or fractionated into many small micro beams which are separated so that when they strike the skin surface, small areas of the skin between the beams are not hit by the laser and left intact. These small areas of untreated skin promote a much more rapid recovery and healing with less risk of complications. The small areas treated by the fractional micro beams, called micro treatment zones, cause sufficient laser injury to promote new collagen production and resultant facial skin rejuvenation

What is available at Clariancy Aesthetic Clinic?

We have two different platforms to cater for fractional laser resurfacing. The Trimatrixx uses the Er:Yag laser while our More-Xel delivers the CO2 laser.

Trimatrixx system is excellent for superficial peels. It can also be used for:
  • Reversing signs of aging and photodamage.
  • Smoothening dermal imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Skin refreshening.
  • Pore reduction.
  • Scar revision for superficial lesions.
  • Removal of pigmented lesions. (freckles, melasma, lentigines)
More-Xel is used for deeper peels. It can also be used for :
  • Smoothening deep wrinkles and lines.
  • Scar revision. (acne scars, surgical scars, chicken pox scars)
  • Collagen remodelling and skin tightening.
  • Pore reduction.
  • Removal of pigmented lesions. (freckles, melasma, lentigines)

Am I suitable for fractional laser resurfacing?

Fractional laser resurfacing can be performed on all skin types except the following:
  • Individuals who are taking steroids or retinoids (roaccutane, nimegen). These need to be discontinued for at least 6 months prior to commencing laser treatment.
  • Individuals with a history of excessive scar tissue formation. (keloids)
  • Active infection over the area to be treated.
  • Individuals with recent tanning. Please refrain from tanning at least 4 weeks prior to treatments.

How is the treatment done?

  • The skin is thoroughly cleansed to remove excess oils and impurities.
  • A numbing cream is applied prior to the procedure and allowed to set in for 30 mins.
  • The handpiece is applied and moved sequentially around the treated area.
  • It is normal to feel a bit of stinging and warm sensation as the laser penetrates the skin.
  • Cold compresses or therapeutic facials are applied after the procedure to soothe the treated area.

What happens after fractional laser resurfacing?

After treatments, you will notice tiny pinholes in the skin where the laser has penetrated. This is the normal effect of fractional laser treatments.

The skin may be mildly red and swollen These effects are normal, and indicate a successful treatment. Any swelling typically subsides within a day, and most redness dissipates within a few days.

As the redness and swelling subside, a brownish “bronzing” effect will become visible. The bronzing will fade over the next few days as new, healthy skin replaces the laser-treated tissue.

Other side effects may include discharge, crusting or scaling, and milia. These too typically resolve within one week.

What are the precautions you should take after treatments?

After the procedure, the skin is particularly sensitive. Our doctor will prescribe you with a post laser cream to promote skin recuperation and sunblocks to prevent harmful UV rays. You are advised to avoid sun exposure for 1 week.

What is the downtime after fractional laser resurfacing?

  • There are downtimes associated with fractional laser resurfacing. As such we recommend performing the procedure at the end of the week, so that you can return to work the next week.
  • The amount of downtime depends on the depth of the laser peel.
  • A superficial laser peel has an average down time of 1-2 days with full recovery in 4-5 days.
  • A deep laser peel has an average down time of 4-5 days with full recovery in 12-14 days.

How many treatment sessions are required?

  • Improvements in skin texture and tone can usually be observed after one treatment. Pore size reduction, smoothening of lines and lightening of pigmented lesions can also be seen after one treatment.
  • The number of treatments necessary will depend on the condition being treated.
  • It may take four or five treatments to achieve the desired results.

What are the potential complications with fractional laser resurfacing?

  • Most often, there are no complications with fractional laser treatments.
  • Very rarely, fractional laser treatments may cause scarring, burning or areas of darkening or even lightening. In the event should this happen, it can be treated with exceptional results.
  • For clients with a history of herpes, our doctor will prescribe you with antivirals to prevent the occurrence of outbreaks.

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