Fractional laser treatments have emerged as a promising solution in the world of aesthetics, offering the potential for skin rejuvenation with minimal downtime. This guide will demystify the process, providing you with a comprehensive overview of what to expect from fractional laser treatments at our Alpharetta med spa.
From understanding the science behind the technique to weighing the potential benefits and risks, this guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about whether fractional laser treatments are the right choice for you.
What is fractional laser treatment?
Fractional laser treatment is an innovative skin resurfacing procedure offered at Anderson Aesthetics in Alpharetta that can reverse the visible effects of aging and sun damage. The procedure uses a laser to target problem areas with tiny beams of light, creating microscopic columns of injury in the skin. These microscopic injuries stimulate your body’s natural healing process, which in turn stimulates collagen production – resulting in smoother, firmer skin and a more even complexion.
How does fractional laser treatment work?
The fractional laser treatment at our Alpharetta office begins with your Anderson Aesthetics aesthetician applying a numbing cream to the area of the skin being treated. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, a small hand-held device is used to deliver thousands of microscopic columns of laser energy deep below the skin’s surface. As the tissue around each column begins to heal, it stimulates new collagen production.
What are the benefits of fractional laser treatment?
For our Alpharetta clients, fractional laser treatment has many benefits, including:
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improving skin tone and texture.
- Improving the appearance of acne scars.
- Removing sunspots or age spots.
- Stimulating collagen production for firmer, younger-looking skin.
It can also be used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, such as stretch marks, melasma, and actinic keratosis.
Is fractional laser treatment safe for all skin types?
At our Alpharetta med spa, we have performed fractional laser treatments on all skin types. However, it’s important to discuss any potential risks or side effects with your aesthetician before undergoing the treatment. She will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your skin type.
Is fractional laser treatment safe for sensitive skin?
Many of our Alpharetta clients have sensitive skin, and we have safely provided them with fractional laser treatments. However, if you have overly sensitive skin, your aesthetician may recommend a gentler approach to treatment. She will also tailor the treatment specifically for you, considering your skin type and condition.
What skin conditions can be treated with fractional laser?
We have used fractional laser treatments to treat a wide variety of skin conditions for our Alpharetta clients, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Sunspots or age spots
- Stretch marks
- Actinic keratosis
How does fractional laser treatment help with acne scars, wrinkles, and fine lines?
Fractional laser treatments work by stimulating collagen production in the dermal layer of the skin, which helps fill in and smooth not only any indentations or divots caused by scarring but also wrinkles or fine lines caused by aging. However, it’s important to note that fractional laser treatments may not eliminate all acne scars, wrinkles, or fine lines; your aesthetician will be able to advise you on the expected outcome.
Can fractional laser treatment be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
For many of our Alpharetta clients, we combine fractional laser treatments with other cosmetic procedures to achieve your desired results. For example, a combination of fractional laser treatment and dermal fillers can be used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines while also plumping up the skin for a more youthful appearance. Your aesthetician, along with our medical director, Dr. Ken Anderson, will be able to advise you on which treatments are best suited to your skin type and condition.
How soon can I see results after a fractional laser treatment?
Results will vary depending on the area being treated and your skin type. However, most of our Alpharetta clients begin to see some improvement in the texture and tone of their skin within a few days. Still, results can take up to several weeks to become fully visible as collagen production is stimulated.
Are the results of fractional laser treatment permanent?
The results of fractional laser treatment are not permanent, and you may need to undergo maintenance treatments to maintain your results.
How long does a fractional laser treatment session take?
The length of a fractional laser treatment session at our Alpharetta med spa depends on the area being treated and your skin type. Generally, sessions can last anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes.
How many sessions of fractional laser treatment are needed?
The number of sessions needed depends on the area being treated and your skin type. Most of our Alpharetta clients need anywhere from two to five treatments to achieve optimal results.
What pre-care instructions should I follow before a fractional laser treatment?
Before undergoing a fractional laser treatment, we advise our Alpharetta clients to avoid sun exposure, discontinue certain medications, and use specific products on the skin. It’s also important to inform your Anderson Aesthetics aesthetician of any medical conditions you have, as this may affect the way the treatment is performed.
What should I expect during my fractional laser treatment?
Your aesthetician will apply a topical numbing cream to the area being treated before beginning the procedure at our Alpharetta office. During the treatment, you may feel a slight stinging sensation as the laser is applied. After the treatment is complete, your skin may appear slightly red and swollen, and you may experience some minor stinging of the skin.
What is the downtime after a fractional laser treatment?
The downtime after a fractional laser treatment varies depending on the area being treated and your skin type. We tell our Alpharetta clients to expect some redness and swelling of the skin for up to 48 hours after the procedure. We also ask that they avoid any strenuous activity or sun exposure during this time.
Are there any side effects or risks associated with fractional laser treatment?
Like with any medical procedure, there are some risks and side effects associated with fractional laser treatments. These may include skin irritation, redness, swelling, and scarring. It’s important to discuss any potential risks or side effects with your Alpharetta aesthetician before undergoing fractional laser treatment.
Do I need to protect my skin from sun exposure after a fractional laser treatment?
It’s important to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever you are exposed to the sun to protect your skin from further damage. You should also avoid spending prolonged periods in direct sunlight and wear protective clothing whenever possible.
Who is a suitable candidate for fractional laser treatment?
Fractional laser treatment is suitable for those people on Alpharetta with mild to moderate wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage. It’s also beneficial for those who wish to improve the texture and tone of their skin.
Can I wear makeup after a fractional laser treatment?
Yes, you can wear makeup after a fractional laser treatment. However, it’s important to wait at least 24 hours before applying any makeup to the area being treated to avoid irritation or infection.
Can I have fractional laser treatment if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Fractional laser treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women because of safety concerns. Laser therapy, including fractional laser treatment, is considered an absolute contraindication in pregnant women. The use of numbing agents commonly used with laser skin treatments can pose potential risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Additionally, the heat generated by fractional laser treatments can harm a fetus.
How do I get started?
Fractional laser treatments can be a transformative journey toward revitalizing your skin and enhancing your overall appearance. If you’re considering fractional laser treatment to address wrinkles, sun damage, or simply to improve your skin’s texture and tone, then we invite you to take the next step and schedule a complimentary consultation at Anderson Aesthetics in Alpharetta.
Your journey to radiant skin is our mission, so schedule your appointment with one of our expert aestheticians today. Unveil the vibrant, youthful skin you’ve always longed for with Anderson Aesthetics.
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