What should I know about the treatment?
Unlike other laser treatments, fractioned laser treatment precisely treats thousands of microscopic areas of skin using pinpoint laser beams that penetrate beneath the skin’s surface. It creates microscopic zones of thermal injury in both the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and dermis (the second layer) but leaves the surrounding islands of tissue undamaged. These microthermal zones stimulate the body’s own natural healing process which eliminates old, damaged cells and stimulates the formation of new collagen (the main support structure of skin). Whereas traditional resurfacing lasers stripped the entire skin surface, fractional treatments target between 5 and 35% of the surface, leaving the remainder available to rapidly heal the treated areas.
Step 1 – Free Initial Consultation
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where the details about you medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a patch test 72 hours before treatment.
Step 2 - The treatment
The procedure will start with fully cleansing the area to be treated, the area will then be cooled with cold air to minimize as much discomfort as possible.
Once the procedure starts you will feel a sharp, pricking sensation and a build up of heat ( just like a sunburn).
After the area has been covered Lynton light sooth will be applied followed by another 10 minutes of cooling time on the skin.
We will then repeat the session every 4,6 or 8 weeks depending on your skin type.
Step 3 - Recovery
It depends on the levels that are used, generally on the first treatment most people would have to hibernate for about 3 to 4 days.
It varies a little bit depending on the wavelengths used, for the deeper treatments it’s more of a red swollen sunburnt look and usually that will last for a maximum of a week, but you can put make up on top of it, so generally after 3 to 4 days, depending on the strength we use, people can go back to work with make-up on if it’s the face that being treated.
Following the treatment the area will appear very red and may be swollen. It will feel hot and tender for several hours following that treatment.
The redness ( similar to sunburn) and swelling may last a few days but can be minimized with the application of cold compresses. Facial swelling can be reduced by sleeping with your head raised on pillows.
In order to minimize skin heating and reduce the likelihood of skin reactions, the treatment area will be cooled after the procedure. Once you get home, you may like to apply a cold compress. If applying an ice pack at home always put ice in a clean plastic bag and wrap in a soft cloth.
While redness maintains do not indulge in any heavy drinking, going to the sauna or heavy exercise. Those activities may increase the redness in your skin.
The skin will feel tight following the treatment and using Lynton light soothe for a day or two following your treatment can help relieve this.
Starting on day 2-3 the skin will appear flakey and have a bronzed appearance as the epidermal debris comes to the surface; this generally lasts about 5 days ( on face) 10 days ( on body). This is a positive sign and indicates the skin is regenerating.
The skin will return to normal by day 7 to 10, although some flakes may remain for up to 14 days.
Make up should be avoided until the skin has completely healed
Use SPF daily
DO NOT pick the skin during the healing process.