Fractional laser treatment is a revolutionary laser treatment that helps you to remove years from your appearance. Dot Laser is a technology in which thousands of microscopic laser columns - each just one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle - treat a fraction of the skin at a time without affecting the surrounding tissue. These laser columns stimulate the production of younger, smoother, healthier skin to replace damaged tissue; it reduces and possibly remove fine lines and wrinkles, improvement of deeper wrinkles, repair of sun damaged skin on the face, neck, shoulders and hands, the reduction of age spots and blemishes, acne scars and hyperpigmentation (areas of darker pigment or brown patches in the skin).
What happens during the treatment and how long will it take to recover?
Careful discussions regarding your reasons for wanting treatment are very important before you begin the treatment. You must also make sure that this treatment can deliver what you want and how you would like to look afterwards. Dr Khor should be able to answer all these questions.
A medical history should also be taken to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t undertake treatment. You may be asked to read detailed information and sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the procedure. Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner for a "before and after" comparison at a later date.
Multiple treatment sessions are required with fractional resurfacing to obtain optimal results. Typically need 2-3 treatments
The number of treatment sessions required depends upon the individual patient and the condition undergoing treatment; your practitioner will be able to create an appropriate treatment regime for you.
Most patients will be able to return to work within 3-4 days following this type of procedure.
Due to the way the laser treats the skin, it remains relatively strong, therefore any redness can be camouflaged with make-up straight away without any ill effects; and men are also able to shave almost immediately after the treatment.
Does it hurt and what are the potential complications?
- Laser skin resurfacing offers speedy healing and minimal to no downtime.
- Depending on the area of your body treated and the type of device used, the procedure is well tolerated; feeling like a mild prickling or burning sensation, or like elastic bands flicking on the skin. However, your practitioner will apply a topical anaesthetic to your skin prior to treatment to reduce any pain and discomfort, and offer you a chilled air device to hold over the treatment area yourself.
- For several hours afterwards the skin will feel tight and have the appearance of a “sunburned” look. The skin will continue to look “pinkish” for 2 - 7 days (depending on the device used) and any swelling, which should be minimal, usually disappears after 1 – 3 days.
- With the Dot Laser, a bronzed, sun tan look caused by the dead, burnt cells at each MTZ will then remain for 3 – 7 days before naturally exfoliating.
- Generally, as the skin heals itself, you will find mild to moderate skin flaking, which may last for up to 1 week.
- Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically involve swelling and redness. There is a very limited risk of infection or scarring, with no oozing or crusting of the skin.
Who should not undergo this procedure?
Patients generally not suitable for any form of light treatment are those who have a history of skin sensitivity to light or scarring problems, an active herpes (cold sores) infection or other skin infections such as impetigo at the site to be treated.
Patients who have used Roaccutane in the last year would also not be suitable candidates.
Depending on the type of fractional laser device used there may be issues of safety for people with some darker skin types, particularly Fitzpatrick skin types IV, V and VI; Hispanic, Latin, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and both lighter and darker toned black skin. Always seek advice about your skin type from an experienced laser professional.
Although there is no clinical evidence that this treatment is harmful for pregnant or nursing women, you would generally be advised to wait until after you have given birth and finished breast feeding before embarking upon a course of treatment.
Our Vascur laser ,the only one of its kind in CQ, is equipped to remove facial broken cappilaries, lumps and bumps, liver spots, and pigmentation; it can also perform Photodynamic therapy and remove facial redness.