Fractional lasers were introduced in 2003 as an alternative non-invasive serious skin rejuvenation treatment. They bridge the gap between ablative and non-ablative lasers.
Fractional lasers deliver a laser beam that is divided into thousands of tiny but deep columns that treat microscopic zones of the skin called micro thermal treatment zones (MTZs). The areas of the skin left untreated remain intact thus helping the skin recover quickly, and minimize both side effects and down time. Within the areas treated, stimulation of collagen production and deep collagen remodelling leads to much healthier and younger looking skin.
What skin problems can be helped with ResurFX?
» Lines and wrinkles (face, hands, neck and chest are excellent candidates)
» Hyperpigmentation (darker skin patches)
» Stretch marks (including old ones)
» Acne scarring; and
» Surgical scarring
What does the procedure involve?
» Doctor will ensure correct treatment indication and absence of contraindications
» Skin is cleaned and a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin for 45-60 minutes
» Eye protection is applied after which laser treatment is performed with the appropriate parameters and intensity selected by the treating doctor. Minimal discomfort may be experienced during the treatment, the intensity of which relates to the strength of treatment. Treatment takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of area covered.
» Cooling gel is then applied to the treated skin
» Mild sunburn sensation for a few hours
» Mild to moderate swelling, usually resolves in 2-3 days
» Moderate redness for 1-2 days, usually resolves within the week
» Patchy crusting or peeling may occur especially in areas of hyperpigmentation
» Multiple, usually three, treatments are required for best results. Slowly progressive improvement in skin colour, tone and texture over the weeks following treatment is expected. Optimal results are achieved 3-4 months after treatment.
ResurFX fractional treatment appears to be a well tolerated and safe treatment. On rare occasions, patients may experience:
» Excessive redness, swelling or peeling/crusting
» Hyperpigmentation, darker skin types are at higher risk