ProFractional Therapy™ is a quick and effective laser procedure with little downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin. The procedure is performed in your health care provider’s office and can be custom tailored to address a wide range of skin conditions and desired outcomes.
ProFractional is Sciton’s solution for achieving excellent resurfacing results with minimal downtime. Unlike full field resurfacing which removes the entire surface area of a treatment site, ProFractional ablates narrow-diameter channels into the skin, covering a fraction of the total treatment area. This action initiates the body’s wound healing response, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact for rapid healing. The benefits of ProFractional include increased patient comfort, shorter healing times, and tunable results that can range from subtle to dramatic.
ProFractional utilizes a 250 µm spot size and offers a range of treatment densities from 1.5% to 30% coverage. ProFractional-XC utilizes a 430 µm spot size and predefined treatment densities for greater speed. ProFractional-XC also provides the ability to add depth-selectable tissue coagulation for enhanced collagen remodeling.
ProFractional creates clean, micro-ablated channels in the skin, which activate fibroblast production. The result is increased turgor and thickness to the skin. Leaving surrounding tissue intact helps promote rapid healing due to presence of stem cells and melanocytes in the papillary dermis.
ProFractional can be used on all skin types, both on face and body.
ProFractional works very well as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other treatments. Some examples of combination therapies include:
MicroLaserPeel™ + ProFractional – Start with Sciton’s MicroLaserPeel for full field treatment to remove superficial irregularities followed by ProFractional to stimulate collagen remodeling through deep fractional ablation.
BBL™ + ProFractional – Start with Sciton’s BBL for full field treatment to remove pigmented lesions followed by ProFractional.
How does ProFractional work?
ProFractional is a laser made by Sciton that uses a tiny beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. The laser used in this system has a very high attraction to the water in your skin. When the laser energy is applied, it ablates (vaporizes) a layer of skin to a precisely-controlled depth. Because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. This body’s wound healing response creates new collagen, which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.
What are the main advantages of ProFractional Therapy™?
ProFractional has the unique ability to penetrate very deep into the skin, but with very little heat damage to surrounding tissue. This combination allows for efficacious collagen remodeling (due to the deep treatments) and a high safety margin (due to low thermal damage) on all skin types, This combination makes ProFractional one of the safest, yet most effective resurfacing lasers available today.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Most skin areas can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, although many people also treat the chest and hands. Your health care provider can adjust the laser settings appropriately for the specific area being treated.
What will happen during the procedure?
The skin in the treatment area will be cleansed and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser handpiece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the laser energy is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds as the computer-guided handpiece scans the laser beam over the treatment area. The handpiece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire desired area has been covered. The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Will it be uncomfortable?
ProFractional Therapy™ is widely regarded as a comfortable procedure, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream of a local anesthetic, depending on the depth of treatment.
What should I expect immediately after the treatment?
Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling sunburn. Your health care provider will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations, which may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist.