Fractional Skin Resurfacing - ProFractional Therapy
What is ProFractional Therapy?
Available at UW Health Transformations near the far west side of Madison, Wisconsin (located in Middleton, Wisconsin), ProFractional Therapy is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with little downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin.
The procedure can be customized to your specific skin conditions and desired outcome. Most areas of the body can be treated. Popular treatment areas are:
How ProFractional Therapy for Skin Resurfacing Works
ProFractional Therapy is "fractionated" laser resurfacing, meaning that only a portion of the skin is treated in a session. The treatment uses a laser beam that ablates thousands of pinpoint channels in your skin.
Because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. The skin's wound healing response creates new collagen, which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.
What Happens During ProFractional Therapy Treatment?
Before the treatment, your skin will be cleaned and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser hand piece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the energy laser is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds. The hand piece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire treatment area has been covered.
The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. ProFractional Therapy is widely regarded as a comfortable treatment, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic, depending on the depth of the treatment.
Excellent results can be obtained in just one treatment, though the number of treatments needed may vary from patient to patient. At UW Health Transformations, we can personalize a plan based on your specific needs and we may choose to combine ProFractional Therapy with other aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.
Immediately following the procedure, you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling a sunburn. Your after-treatment care may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the treatment, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always use some level of solar protection to avoid sun damage.
Complete healing typically occurs within a few days and most patients usually feel comfortable enough to get back to work and apply makeup a day or two after treatment. There will be some swelling that will subside within several days following the treatment.
As your skin heals in the days following your treatment, you may notice a general tightening effect. However, the true benefit of ProFractional Therapy is the collagen remodeling that occurs during the 4-6 months following your treatment.
The following photos are provided by Sciton, the maker of the equipment used by UW Health Transformations physicians to perform phototherapy services. The photos do not include Transformations doctors or patients treated at Transformations.
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The following video is provided by Sciton, the maker of the equipment used by UW Health Transformations physicians to perform phototherapy services. This video does not include Transformations doctors or patients treated at Transformations.