As I have mentioned in previous posts, my Lynton Lumina https://lynton.co.uk/prod/lumina-laser-ipl/ is a build as you grow platform meaning that I can add different lasers to it as my business grows enabling me to introduce new treatments to my clients.
When I met with Lynton back in January and learnt about the ResurFACE fractional laser, I knew I had to have it! One of it’s selling points, was how it can improve the appearance of stretchmarks. As someone who is prone to stretch marks, I can understand why someone may want to do something that could potentially reduce the appearance of them. I also loved the fact that it is an alternative to Anti-wrinkle injections/treatments as a treatment for lines and wrinkles – although the process does take longer, the results do last a lot longer. It is said that fractional laser results can last for up to 5 years resulting in looking younger by up to 10 years. Results do depend on a number of factors including lifestyle and age. Results are hindered if you are a heavy smoker or drinker.
You might wonder how does fractional laser work?
My ResurFACE is an erbium yag laser. The laser beam travels through a small lens, that splits the laser beam into multiple microscopic beams, causing defined zones of thermal damage. The heat and inflammation caused in the epidermis (top layer of skin), spreads to the dermis and stimulates our fibroblasts. This starts the wound healing response As the skin heals itself from the wound, tissue and collagen stimulation will occur helping to improve skin texture, wrinkles, scarring, stretch marks etc.
When people talk about skin resurfacing with lasers, most people may think of CO2 lasers and wonder how fractional laser is different. Co2 lasers are fully ablative laser. Fully ablative lasers completely remove the top layer of skin, which is extremely painful, has a long recovery time and carries a high risk of infection. It is quite often that clients will need a course of antibiotics to prevent infection and the healing process can take 2-4 weeks. Are fractional lasers ablative? Fractional lasers are partially ablative which results in a lot less downtime than fully ablative lasers, the treatment is more comfortable and safer and there is no need for anaesthetic. Only about 20% of the skin’s surface is being treated at any one time. As the epidermis is left intact, there is very little risk of infection unlike fully ablative laser treatments. The laser targets the water in the skin and as there is no melanin absorption, it’s suitable for all skin types.
Fully Ablative Lasers such as Co2
Partially ablative fractional lasers
One question I do get asked a lot is how many fractional laser treatments are needed?
For best results, you will need between 3 – 6 treatments at 4 – 6 weekly intervals. Obviously, the more treatments you have, the more collagen that will be produced and the better the result. Collagen in the skin will continue to produce up to 3 – 6 months after a course of treatment has finished. It is quite often that clients’ will forget that the reason their skin is looking so fantastic is due to the course of treatment months previously. It is definitely a treatment that you need to be patient with.
Lastly, you might be thinking does fractional laser hurt?
The treatment is tolerable, and you might feel some discomfort. After treatment, you will be quite red and feel hot – like you’ve sunbathed in 40 degree heat with no sunscreen! This will settle after 24-48 hours. Your skin will go from red and hot to normal temperature with a bronzed appearance. This will then slowly flake away leaving beautiful soft skin underneath. This can take between 7 and 10 days.
What skin conditions can fractional laser treat? Fractional laser can improve many skin conditions such as skin quality improvement, retexturing, deep open pores, congestion, milia, deep lines and wrinkles, scarring (inc acne scarring, traumatic scarring and surgical scarring) and stretchmarks. It can also be carried out on anywhere on the face or body. For facial treatments, it is always recommended that a full face is carried out for best results.
Fractional laser costs will vary from clinic to clinic. I am very pleased to be able to offer fractional laser in Bristol at a reasonable cost and available to all. Finance is also available upon application. If you’d like to find out more about costs, please head to the prices section of my website or send me a message.
Telephone 07432558377 to book a consultation or contact us – https://rosalainelaser.co.uk/contact/
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
Until next time.
Love Rubi xx