Fractional Laser Treatment
Fractional laser treatment is known as a non-invasive treatment. This treatment uses a specific device to deliver a laser beam that is divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones.
Is it a Miracle Treatment or Superficial Celebrity Hype?
To look young and feel energized has become the ultimate dream everywhere. It is what everyone desires. But is it really attainable?
Now wherever you look, people are getting hyped on the latest treatments that aim to give you a complete makeover.
One such treatment is called the fractional laser treatment. Well-known celebrities like Charlize Theron has been raving about it excitedly, sharing pictures of its amazing results.
Aside from helping in the disappearance of wrinkles, this kind of treatment also helps in giving you rejuvenated effects. Some before and after images shared by patients point towards a clear difference and look.
How Does the Fractional Laser Magic Really Work?
While there aren’t any promises to how it will completely change your life, it does affect your skin. And in good ways.
For starters, the laser treatment does hurt but it hurts with the ultimate promise.
In this treatment, also known as fractional resurfacing, the laser basically creates small micro-injuries on the face. Now why are they called micro-injuries?
Because in this way, a grid light pattern is made when the laser beams light splits into many small beams.
“Fractional” lasers create these micro-injuries that form a grid light pattern because the laser beam is split into many small beams.
Much like the treatments involving micro needling and derma rolling, in this too your body is sent a natural reaction alert, asking for it to produce new collagen which directly impacts an area.
Also know that there are generally two main kinds of laser treatments-ablative or non-ablative. In the first kind, the treatment is far more aggressive and it requires a longer downtime to recovery. This is because this laser treatment removes many layers of tissue on the skin’s surface and requires a higher stimulation of collagen production.
The non-ablative treatment is one which hits on a smaller region and it doesn’t require longer downtime. The results are more noticeable and don’t have a longer healing time either.
Al Qudrah Medical Center offers amazing fractional laser in Sharjah for its prestigious patients.
It is essential to know that fractional laser treatment has bridged the gap between the ablative and non-ablative laser techniques. These old and traditional techniques were used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin. However, ablative laser treatments work mainly on the epidermis. On the other hand, non-ablative treatments work solely on dermal collagen only. You will be surprised to know that fractional laser treatment works at both the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin.
Lets, go through the history of this treatment, the very first fractional laser marketed was the Fraxel device, which emits a non-ablative 1550-nm wavelength. Now there are some machines available that use fractional technology, based on erbium as well as YAG lasers for shallow treatments and CO2 lasers for more in-depth ablative treatments.
How Does the Fractional Laser Treatment Work?
In order to understand how fractional laser treatment works, there is a need for basic skin structure for necessary information as we know that our skin consists of three layers that are epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. The epidermis that is the outer layer of the skin contains pigment-producing cells known as melanocytes that are responsible for skin coloring. The second layer or dermis is made up of collagen and elastin fibers that are responsible for skin strength, toughness, elasticity, or liability.
After a certain age, the overall appearance and characteristics of the skin alter, such as the epidermis becomes thinner, and blemishes become more visible. Furthermore, collagen in the dermis is also gradually lost, which is responsible for the formation of facial lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles.
Fractional laser treatment in Sharjah is offered by Al-Qudrah medical center that works by targeting both layers; the epidermis and dermis. The procedure is done by delivering a laser beam. This laser beam is divided into thousands of tiny but deep columns of treatment into the skin of the patient. It is known as microthermal treatment zones. However, within each MTZ, old epidermal pigmented cells are expelled, and the penetration of collagen in the dermis also causes a reaction that directly leads to collagen remodeling or new collagen formation. By using this technology, the laser targets and treats intensively in the inner layers of skin and fractional laser in Sharjah also results in a faster healing process.
Why Is There a Need for Fractional Laser Treatment?
It is fascinating to know that fractional laser allows you to achieve several benefits, and there are several purposes to choose this method:
- Facial lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Skin pigmentation
- Surgical and acne scarring
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines
Fractional laser treatment in Al-Qudrah medical center has been advocated in the treatment of pigmentation disorders like melasma. Here comes the good news for the customers that Fractional laser treatment can easily be used on any part of the body. However, it is particularly useful on the neck, chest, and hands as compared to traditional ablative modalities. Along with this, fractional laser in Sharjah is also beneficial for stretch marks and poikiloderma of Civatte.
Furthermore, fractional laser treatment is also useful for all skin types and patients. However, the techniques vary according to the age, skin type, and sun exposure and body location of the patient. The treatment can be combined with surgery or other skin treatments.
What Does the Fractional Laser in Sharjah Involve?
It is essential to know that fractional laser treatment in Sharjah involves three significant steps
- Pre-treatment assessment
- Application of facial laser
- Post-treatment and recovery
Is it safe?
Now let’s talk about another common inquiry- how safe is this procedure?
Well for starters, you need to be sure that your place of treatment is authorized and well-known.
Your doctor and team of healthcare providers must be having the needed expertise and experience to take on your cases strongly with confidence.
Another thing you need to be mindful about is the kind of aftercare and instructions you will be receiving. It is impertinent that you are looked after your treatment in a proper manner too.
This is especially important in the case where you are going through an ‘ablative resurfacing’ period. This is the time when you have to wait for the skin regrowth.
Your skin specialist will determine what your skin’s condition and state is and what treatment would work best on you. Either they will suggest multiple treatments which are not as strong and intense. Whereas some treatments work better when they are set on intense settings but are only a few.
- The patient defines problem areas and also tailors a treatment pattern to target the areas for correction.
- Pre-treatment photographs are taken.
- Pre-treatment with bleaching cream is necessary for patients with darker skin or pigmentation skin problems.
- The patient is required to remove all jewelry and makeup.
- Wash your face with soap or face wash before treatment.
- An anesthetic cream is also applied to the treatment area, and the process takes about 45-60 minutes.
- The anesthetic cream is removed to apply gliding gel that helps the laser to lay down.
Application of Fractional Laser
- The gliding gel acts as a lubricant
- The time of the treatment directly depends on the areas being treated.
- The pain correlated with the procedure is reliant on the level of energy that is delivered to the treatment site.
Risks with Fractional Laser
When it comes to your treatment, know that there might be certain risks and complication associated with both types. Before deciding on the treatment, it is best if you know of these beforehand to be aware of the complete fraxel laser treatment process:
-Ablative laser resurfacing causes issues like:
*Severe redness and itching- the skin that was treated will become swollen and red. This is when you need to refrain yourself from itching your skin. The redness can last for a few months and you need to keep a constant check on your skin’s changing conditions.
*Acne- unfortunately it is possible that you may form a case of acne. It may be mild or severe, depending on your skin condition. In either case, make use of thick creams and apply bandages. Be extra careful with how you treat your skin condition.
*Infection check-in certain cases, this treatment can also be a cause of concern when it develops a certain infection. The most common kinds are bacterial, viral or even fungal. Make sure you keep a check on your skin and lookout for any red flags like the development of the herpes virus.
*Skin color change- there might be a reason for you to worry when you notice a skin color change. If you notice that your skin is 2-3shades darker or lighter than it was before treatment, it is time to meet your doctor and get consultation on skin care methods.
*Scarring- this is quite common and unfortunately, it does lead to the risk of having permanent scarring.
When it comes to Nonablative laser resurfacing, certain side effects and risks with the treatment to look out for:
*Infection- this treatment too can cause certain infections, including the herpes virus.
*Darkened skin tone- this treatment usually causes your skin to become a few shades darker than it originally was.
*Mild swelling and redness- you may be having redness and a swollen look for weeks after the treatment. It is important that you keep an eye out for these symptoms and let your doctor know for solid treatment plans.
Post-treatment and Recovery
- The gliding gel is washed off.
- Recovery time is different among different patients but usually a week.
- Patients may experience a mild sunburn sensation.
- Swelling is usually minimal.
- The skin of the patient will have a pinkish tone for 3–5 days.
- Within 24 hours, new epidermal skin will be developed, and the skin will have a bronze appearance that lasts 3–14 days.
- Skin peeling can also be pronounced after ablative therapy.
- During the healing phase, it is recommended that the treatment area is protected using a moisturizing sunscreen, an SPF of at least 50+.
Know that there is no better place than Al-Qudrah medical center for fractional laser in Sharjah. We are dedicated to giving you the treatment and after-care you rightfully deserve.
Our commitment comes from years of experience as we ensure you get a great look and are well looked after- pre and post treatment. So if you are interested, book your appointment today.