K, so maybe fractions weren’t your favorite subject at Will Carleton Middle School. But fractional laser therapy could be your favorite non-surgical procedure to rejuvenate your skin. Our Troy Laser Center uses the Pearl Fractional laser for skin resurfacing with great results and little downtime.
WHAT IS PEARL FRACTIONAL RESURFACING?
The goal of Pearl Fractional laser therapy is to improve the overall appearance of the skin. Sun spots, age spots, pigmentation issues, dry areas, and other sun damage issues can be treated with Pearl Fractional therapy.
This is “fractionated” laser resurfacing, meaning that only a fraction of the skin’s actual surface is treated.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your Troy Laser Center technician adjusts the Pearl Fractional laser for your particular issues being addressed. The laser then ablates thousands of pinpoint channels through the epidermis down into the dermis layer of the skin. These microscopic channels are surrounded by untreated tissue, which promotes rapid healing. Although the holes are only the size of a pore, the body perceives these tiny punctures as a wound and responds correspondingly. This wound response is the production of new collagen (the body’s proteins that are responsible for the skin’s underlying support structure) and skin cells in the “wound” area. This creates new, firmer skin that is free of blemishes.
A numbing cream is usually all that is needed for patient comfort. Once the skin is cleaned and the numbing cream applied, the laser handpiece is moved across the treatment areas ablating the skin. A normal procedure takes about 45 minutes, depending on the treatment area.
After treatment, you will likely have some moderate redness and swelling while your skin will feel as if it has been sunburned. The tiny channels begin healing almost immediately, completely healing in just 2-3 days. As your skin heals, you will notice a general tightening effect, but the true benefits of the collagen remodeling and increased new production take from four to six months to fully show themselves.
Interested in rejuvenating your skin with Pearl Fractional at Tri-County Medical Clinic/Troy Laser Center? Call us at (586) 979-5100 to schedule your fractional session.