Fractional resurfacing with Fractora™ is one of the most advanced and skin rejuvenation treatments currently available. Fractora™ is a highly effective procedure that slows down the effects of ageing, helping to restore your skin back to a more youthful appearance by stimulating the dermis to produce collagen and elastin which results in an improvement in skin tone, texture and radiance. Fractora™ delivers solutions to the broadest range of symptoms of ageing skin, all with one treatment.
It is well known by doctors and patients that when the skin is damaged especially by trauma or burns the resulting healed skin often appears fresher and tighter than the surrounding skin. Histological evaluation has shown this is because the new skin has more elastin and collagen. By fractional ablation of the skin as with Fractora™ only small columns of skin are affected and the surrounding skin is left unaffected. This allows for a controlled amount damage which means the healing time is a lot quicker with much less down time experienced by the patient.
Microscopic view showing skin healing 5 days after Fractora treatment, with collagen forming in the dermis.
Fractora™ can can be used anywhere on the face but is is especially helpful around the eyes and mouth and forehead. It can even be used to tighten lax eyelids. It can be very effective used on the body especially for loose wrinkled skin of the neck , upper arms and décolletage.
Depending on the depth and intensity of treatment we will anaesthetize or numb the skin either with a topical anaesthetic cream, or by using local anaesthetic nerve blocks or tumescent local anesthesia for the more aggressive high-energy treatments. The options will be fully explained to you by Dr Strawford or Dr Molina prior to treatment. With the skin anaesthetized the treatment is not painful but you can experience a “pulse” of energy with each area treated.
Fractora is safer than other resurfacing treatments such as CO2 laser, especially in darker skin types because it leaves areas of skin in between the probe points to heal (unlike CO2 laser which has more of a “blanket” coverage). In type IV and V (very dark skin types) Fractora™ can still safely be used utilizing ‘insulated needles’ which spare the outer dermis from the RF energy causing less risk of post inflammatory pigmentation disorders, unlike laser treatments which are contraindicated in these dark skin types.
We will provide a ‘recovery cream’ to be used during this period to speed up the healing process.
Depending on the severity of the condition usually between 1and 4 treatments are required with an interval of 3 and 6 weeks between treatments to allow healing. When higher RF energy is used then fewer treatments are required but the healing stage and down time is longer. The benefits of treatment start to show after a number of weeks but will continue for up to 6 months following treatment as the new collagen and elastin is formed. Once achieved the results will be long lasting over a number of years, although courses of treatments can be repeated as and when needed to keep up with the ageing process.
We advise combining Fractora™ resurfacing with Forma™ RF skin tightening for a treatment series called FRACTOTAL FACIAL™ . This is an ultra skin rejuvenation treatment that can very effectively address all concerns including skin laxity especially of the lower face and neck, with uneven skin texture, lines and wrinkles and pigmentation often seen with ageing and photo or UV damage of the skin.
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