Profractional resurfacing is a non-invasive laser procedure used for rejuvenating the skin, delaying aging signs, and treating scars or restoring skin damages. The method of resurfacing is one of the safest and fastest options when compared to non-ablative treatments. In this procedure, tiny holes or wounds are created on the particular treatment area with Profractional equipment, which initiates a natural healing process, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. This procedure generates a new and healthy skin layer, restoring the natural glow. The healing process takes about a week.
However, there are fears in undertaking this mode of cosmetic laser surgery with its functioning, recovery success, side effects like scarring and various other misconceptions due to lack of sufficient knowledge. So, it is important to consult a skin specialist or dermatologist and understand the facts and working procedure of Profractional Resurfacing treatment.
Myth: Profractional Resurfacing Poses no Risk of Scarring
Fact: During the procedure of resurfacing, the top most layer of the skin is removed and the natural process of healing is initiated, which heals the wound naturally within 3 to 5 days. In some cases, the healing time may extend. Post treatment, there might be slight side effects like flaking of skin, redness or scaring. These symptoms are observed only on the treated areas and these are temporary. It takes approximately 5 to 6 days for complete healing. During this entire process, extreme care is required and usage of make ups and creams should be avoided. Undertaking precautions suggested by the dermatologist is very important for the desired results. Another benefit of this treatment is that the surgery is limited to the treatment areas only and does not hamper the surrounding regions.
Myth: Profractional Resurfacing Can Treat All Types of Facial Lines
Fact: Profractional resurfacing is a treatment used to remove wrinkles, scars, acne, skin pigmentation and sun damage. The procedure involves treating a particular area and in case of multiple treatments, Profractional resurfacing is combined with other treatments, as prescribed by the dermatologist. Further, with this procedure, the lines are removed and skin is rejuvenated; tightening of skin requires other procedures that treat deep creases and fine lines.
Myth: It is a Painful Procedure and Requires Anesthesia
Fact: Before the procedure begins, topical anesthesia or general anesthesia is applied to numb the pricking sensation, but there are few patients who prefer the treatment without anesthesia. The healing period is a natural process and doesn’t involve much pain; slight reddishness or irritation might occur. There are mild sedatives available for the patients to bear the pain.
Myth: Profractional Resurfacing Is not Suitable for all Skin Types
Fact: Profractional resurfacing can be done on any skin type, but artificial tanning or any other experiment must be avoided before the treatment. It is important to check the skin texture and tone with the help of a dermatologist at least a month prior to the surgery date.
Myth: The Treatment Can Only be Done in the Face or Neck Area
Fact: Skin textures are different across the face, neck, hands and other parts of the body. Therefore, the same procedure is not suitable for all body parts, but resurfacing still can be done with the necessary precautions and suitable measures. In other words, profractional resurfacing can be done on any part of the body, but with certain precautions and proper consultation, depending on the individual case.