WHAT IS FRACTORA SKIN RESURFACING AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
ReNew Body Contouring & Medical Spa offers Fractora, the most advanced fractional radio frequency (RF) treatment providing anti-aging improvements on skin tone and texture for a more radiant appearance through ablation and skin resurfacing. Ablative treatments do remove some skin, so they have more downtime than other non-ablative technologies like IPL and FotoFacial.
Fractora delivers radio frequency energy to the skin through an array of pins producing localized heat and small micro-lesion dots in the treatment area. The gentle heat generated by the Fractora pins in the sub-dermal tissue promotes collagen restructuring for skin rejuvenation and an improved appearance in the skin. The methodical scattering of micro-lesions allows the skin to heal faster than if the entire area was ablated. What this means is that the majority of repair is being done under the skin, maximizing your results, but the damage to the surface is more minimal, allowing you to heal faster and better than with traditional resurfacing machines like Fraxel and CO2 technologies.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH FRACTORA?
Because the RF depth is variable, and different treatment tips (both in size and depth) can be used, treatments can be customized per-person more than any other fractional treatment on the market. Fractora can be used in areas that demonstrate fine or deep wrinkles, scars or excessively discolored red and brown skin tone (many scattered red vessels). The most common areas of treatment are the lower eyelid, upper eyelid, smile lines, cheeks, mouth and neck. While the full face and neck are often treated, it is also possible to treat smaller areas like cheeks and nose, where many people have localized acne scarring. Fractora treatments have also been done successfully on the body. Fractora can also be combined with other treatments including Firm (sometimes even used pre-treatment on the same day as Fractora.)
WHAT IS A FRACTORA TREATMENT LIKE?
The Fractora treatment will differ slightly depending upon whether you elect to have it done more aggressively or more superficial. Before you begin Fractora treatments, you will discuss the procedure, sign a consent and take pre-treatment photos. Prior to your treatment a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area being treated to reduce any associated discomfort. We will then choose the appropriate Fractora tip to give the best results for your specific skin issues. Unlike other laser treatments, there is no conductive gel applied for Fractora treatments. The tip is applied directly onto the skin. However, a cold air chiller will be used at the same time as the Fractora passes are done. This allows the RF to travel deeper into the skin, as well as make you more comfortable. After your treatment your operator will go over post-treatment protocols, as well as cover your treated area with Aquaphor. You will look red, swollen and shiny when you leave. When you leave, there will be redness and swelling of the treated zone. You will feel like you have a sunburn. You should follow the post-care instructions given to you, and keep the area very moist with Aquaphor. The swelling and redness will subside over the coming days, but you should expect that it can persist for up to a week (or more if you are prone to swelling), particularly on the higher settings. You should be able to put on makeup and cover most redness after a few days, but again this depends on your body’s healing process.
IS FRACTORA SAFE?
RF energy has been used safely in medicine for over 60 years, but it is only recent that the possibilities for aesthetic use have been discovered. Like many technologies in medicine, it can take a while for the possibilities for aesthetic medicine to filter through. (Botox, for example was used for years to treat muscle spasm long before it was used for cosmetic purposes.) Fractora is safer than CO2 resurfacing in darker skinned clients because it leaves areas of skin in between the probe points to heal. (Unlike CO2 laser which has more of a “blanket” coverage.)
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT FROM FRACTORA?
You should have realistic expectations and remember that multiple sessions may be necessary. Fractora results will continue to develop over the coming months, as new collagen is created. Each session will further ablate and resurface the skin, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles, skin laxity, textural irregularities, and scarring. Follow-up treatments may be needed in the future to maintain results. Remember that with Fractora we are changing your skin and your collagen, so while results can take a month or so to start appearing, they will continue to build over time, and the results won’t just disappear overnight after a year or so. Your skin will be refreshed and renewed, and then will start to age again naturally, which is why many patients choose maintenance treatments.