Frequently Asked Questions About ProFractional™ Laser

June 7, 2024 – Dr. Barr

What does ProFractional™ Laser resurfacing do?

ProFractional™ Laser resurfacing addresses the signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, melasma symptoms, acne scars, surgical scars, and other skin concerns.

Can all skin types benefit from ProFractional™ therapy?

Yes, ProFractional™ Laser treatments are safe and effective for all skin types.

How many ProFractional™ treatments will I need?

Most patients need one to three ProFractional™ treatments, followed by a series of annual maintenance treatments to protect and extend their results, depending on their unique needs and goals. Because each patient is different, discussing your goals with our patient counselor during a consultation will reveal how many treatments you need.

What is the difference between ProFractional™ and other CO2 lasers?

CO2 lasers have poor water absorption, leading to lower ablation efficiency and excess heat transfer to tissue. For controlled coagulation without vaporization, the ProFractional™ sub-ablative laser pulses heat tissue to a chosen depth.

How long is the recovery time after a ProFractional™ treatment?

Recovery time varies for each individual, but most patients experience redness and swelling for about 3-5 days. The skin may also feel rough and dry during this time as it heals. It is important to follow post-treatment instructions provided by your healthcare provider to ensure proper healing.

Is ProFractional Laser™ resurfacing painful?

Most patients experience mild discomfort during the treatment, which can be managed with a topical anesthetic or numbing cream. After the treatment, there may be some discomfort similar to a sunburn, but this can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long do results from ProFractional™ Laser last?

Results from ProFractional™ Laser resurfacing can last for several years, but we recommend regular maintenance treatments to maintain optimal results. It is also important to protect your skin from sun exposure and follow a good skincare routine to prolong the effects of the treatment.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with ProFractional™ Laser resurfacing?

As with any medical procedure, there are some potential risks and side effects, including temporary redness, swelling, blistering, and scabbing. It is important to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before undergoing the treatment.

How much does ProFractional™ Laser resurfacing cost?

The cost of ProFractional™ Laser resurfacing varies depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Factors such as the size of the treatment area and the number of sessions needed can affect the overall cost. During your consultation with our patient counselor, you can receive an accurate price estimate based on your specific concerns.

Is there any downtime after ProFractional Laser™ resurfacing?

Most patients experience minimal downtime after treatment and can resume their daily activities immediately. However, you should avoid sun exposure and follow post-treatment care instructions to ensure proper healing and optimal results. Dr. Barr and the Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery team will provide you with specific guidelines for aftercare.

Can ProFractional Laser™ resurfacing be combined with other treatments?

You can combine ProFractional™ Laser resurfacing with other cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX®, dermal fillers, and microneedling treatments for a more comprehensive rejuvenation. Our patient counselor can recommend the best combination of treatments to help you achieve your desired results during your consultation.

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