Over recent years facial rejuvenation has become an attractive option for patients looking to enhance the tone, texture and the overall appearance of their skin. Aesthetic concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring and pigment can be addressed and treated with excellent results using ablative treatment modalities. However, these results usually come with long periods of downtime that today's patient's won't often tolerate. The issue of downtime led to the development of non-ablative technologies that promise less downtime, but not the same dramatic results.
Fractional resurfacing is a popular new choice and has been receiving a lot of attention. The first generation of fraction technology delivered non-ablative Er:Glass fractionated laser energy onto the skin, covering only a portion of the total scanned area and leaving bridges of intact skin. That sped up healing and made the procedure more comfortable. However, due to the bulk tissue heating, the procedures done with those devices are still quite painful, which is a serious issue for many patients.
When choosing a system for facial rejuvenation the question is this: which laser is delivering enough energy to actually make a visible difference without the low tolerability, long downtime and multiple treatment series? The ideal rejuvenation procedure offers the patient a quick and relatively painless yet effecting treatment of their photo-damaged skin. Patients want the results of ablative technologies with the limited downtime of non-ablative treatments.
Sciton has introduced the ProFractional, which may require less anaesthesia, fewer laser treatment sessions, has no consumable components, and offers results comparable to more aggressive treatments. Many patients can return to work the very next day. The ProFractional has raised the cosmetic standard for fractional rejuvenation and enhances Sciton's repertoire of reliable, durable lasers that provide excellent clinical outcomes and high patient satisfaction.
ProFractional vs. Fractional Technology
Like early fractional devises, Sciton's ProFractional works on the principle of fractionated photothermolysis. The difference lies in the delivery of the energy. Due to its efficient water absorption characteristics, ProFractional 2940-nm Er: YAG laser is able to penetrate deeply into the dermis by ablating narrow, clean channels to a selected depth and instantly removed necrotic tissue. These channels are surrounded by healthy tissue, speeding healing time and reducing downtime for the patient. As opposed to non-ablative technologies, which create large zones of thermal necrosis, ProFractional energy delivery is limited to the narrow channels, minimizing patient discomfort. The depth and density of these channels can be easily and precisely adjusted to customize treatment for each patient. This is a revolutionary advancement in fractional technology.
Mechanism of Dermal Resurfacing with ProFractional
By delivering energy deep into the dermal tissue, ProFractional selectively injures collagen molecules, causing wound-healing response and stimulating fibroblasts activity. Fibroblasts turn on new collagen production, rejuvenating the collagen matrix and plumping the skin from the inside out. That's why with ProFractional a practitioner can effectively treat wrinkles, scars, pigment and skin tone texture.