Initial and Long Term Results of Profractional Resurfacing

Profractional resurfacing is a laser skin resurfacing technique that combines the efficiency and predictable results of ablative laser techniques, which remove layers of skin, with the less invasive nature of non-ablative techniques. Profractional resurfacing focuses on specific areas, providing a much less invasive technique that is more comfortable and causes fewer side effects than ablative techniques, with better, more consistent results than non-ablative techniques.

Short-Term Results

During your profractional resurfacing treatment, you may feel some discomfort. This is sometimes described as a prickling or burning sensation. Many patients do not require topical anesthetic during treatment, but if you are uncomfortable with this or if you have a low pain tolerance, speak to your doctor about using an anesthetic of some sort.

In the short term, the most visible side effects of profractional resurfacing will be redness and some swelling. Some peeling might also occur. However, you will be able to begin to see the final results of the procedure right away. As the swelling and redness decrease and healing continues in the treated areas, your skin will look smoother, tighter and younger. Acne scars or other conditions treated with profractional resurfacing will gradually fade.

Long-Term Results

As healing continues, the areas treated with the laser will fill in and additional collagen will grow beneath the skin's surface. This results in a tighter, firmer, smoother look overall. Within two to three months, healing will be complete and the final results will be apparent. By this time, you should see a visible improvement in the look of your skin. During this time, you should use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and care for your skin by avoiding sunlight and using appropriate moisturizers.

Depending upon the desired results of your treatment, additional profactional resurfacing sessions might be necessary for the best results. Many physicians recommend 1 to 3 sessions within a period of 4 weeks.

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