ProFractional laser treatment is an effective, virtually pain-free way to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, fade scars, and improve collagen production for a healthier, more youthful appearance. At the Dermatology Clinic, we perform this minimally invasive procedure in the comforts of our office, and many of our patients see results after just one treatment.

How It Works

ProFractional is one of several laser skin rejuvenation treatments created by industry leader, Sciton. We use a handheld laser to safely and accurately penetrate select portions of the skin tissue within the treatment area. These microspherical openings trigger a healing response in the body, which stimulates collagen production for tighter, more resilient skin. The healthy, untouched tissue surrounding the wounds helps the area heal faster, resulting in minimal downtime and quick recovery.

Is ProFractional Right for Me?

We recommend ProFractional to improve a variety of situations, including the fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, and depleted collagen stores associated with aging. It’s also an effective option for patients who want to fade the appearance of scars and birthmarks. The best candidates are in good overall health, and they have positive, realistic expectations.

We do not recommend ProFractional to individuals who suffer from medication-induced light sensitivity or to those who have taken Accutane within the last 12 months. If you have active cold sores or wounds within the treatment area, it’s best to postpone the procedure until the skin heals completely.

What to Expect Before and After Treatment

The first time you meet with our doctors and aestheticians, we will examine your skin, discuss your concerns, and learn more about your desired outcome. If your personalized skin care plan includes ProFractional laser therapy, we will schedule your first session. Dress comfortably, and plan to arrive a few minutes early on the day of your appointment.

We start the procedure by thoroughly cleaning the skin in the treatment area. We answer any questions you may have before applying a short-term numbing agent for added comfort. During the process, safety shields protect your eyes from damage. You will hear a series of snapping sounds each time we use the laser. Your skin may feel hot, similar to a sunburn, but most patients do not experience any discomfort. A typical treatment lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

As soon as we’re done, we refresh your skin with cool compresses and apply a soothing finishing ointment. It may feel like you have a moderate sunburn after the procedure, and mild redness with swelling is common. In most cases, the treated skin fully heals within a few days. Until then, it’s best to avoid direct sunlight. Most patients prefer to take a day or two away from work during the initial recovery, and most are ready to apply makeup and sunblock just three or four days after treatment. Tighter, firmer skin is usually immediate, and the results continue over the next six months as your collagen stores reorganize.

ProFractional laser treatments may be used alone or in combination with other laser skin treatments, depending on the individual needs of the patient. Schedule an appointment with the Dermatology Clinic today, and get started with your personalized skin care plan.