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Fractional laser skin resurfacing – an intro

Published on: January 13, 2020

As the skin begins to degrade with age, it suffers from a variety of unwanted conditions – such as lacklustre tone and texture, fine lines and deeper-set wrinkles, pigmentation, age spots and stretch marks. Acne scars can linger from the presence of the condition from years gone by and this can only add to the uneven skin tone and texture as time goes on. At The London Cosmetic Clinic, we offer fractional laser skin resurfacing as a non-surgical and effective solution for a myriad of skin concerns.

Fractional laser skin resurfacing using the Frax 1550 device is a non-ablative (doesn’t remove the upper layer of the skin) treatment which offers very few side-effects and less downtime than traditional ablative lasers. It can address signs of ageing as well as treating trauma or surgical scars. It works by emitting controlled thermal columns of heat energy which helps to stimulate an inflammatory response and ultra-controlled trauma. The body immediately gets to work to soothe and heal the treatment site, by creating collagen and elastin within the deeper layers of the skin. The skin is rebuilt, tightened, toned and with a smoother outcome. Full effects can be experienced up to 90 days after the treatment.

At The London Cosmetic Clinic here in Harley Street, Dr Johnson is a great advocate of offering combination treatments in order to achieve superlative results and uses a SWT applicator followed by the Frax 1550 laser. A patented integrated cooling system (SoftCool™) ensures that your comfort is kept to a maximum at all times and as the skin is left intact, there is far less downtime than other laser treatments currently on the market.

Before a course of fractional laser skin resurfacing can commence, you will need to attend the clinic for a preliminary consultation. You will also need to avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure, wearing perfumes, deodorants or other potential irritants and avoid taking aspirin prior to the treatment.

After the treatment, you will probably be able to return to your daily activities. However, you may experience some redness and warmth in the treatment area. Any redness can be covered with a good quality mineral makeup and any potential swelling can be alleviated by a cold compress. You’ll need to stay hydrated both inside and out, so drink plenty of water and apply a good quality hydrating moisturiser in the days that follow your treatment. Sun exposure needs to be avoided during the healing phase and you will need to wear a high-SPF sun cream daily.

The best results will follow a prescribed course of treatment and can offer a permanent improvement to the treated area, especially when addressing scarring or pigmentation.

For beautiful skin in a matter of weeks, call our team to arrange a no obligation consultation with Dr Johnson, to discuss fractional laser skin resurfacing.

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