Fractora™ uses fractionated radio-frequency energy to combine ablation (precise removal of the surface cells) with micro penetrations in to the deeper dermis. The result that occurs is not dissimilar to that of combining two popular skin rejuvenation treatments: fractional or CO2 laser resurfacing (which also removes the surface skin cells) and micro-needle or dermal rolling (multiple pricks of the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production through the healing process). Fractora™ uses a matrix of micro needles of varying depth, which deliver a carefully controlled amount of radio-frequency ( RF) energy through the dermis via the Fractora™ hand piece.
It is well known by doctors and patients that when the skin is damaged especially by trauma or burns the resulting healed skin often appears fresher and tighter than the surrounding skin. Histological evaluation has shown this is because the new skin has more elastin and collagen. By fractional ablation of the skin as with Fractora™, only small columns of skin are affected and the surrounding skin is left unaffected. This allows for a controlled amount of damage which means the healing time is a lot quicker with much less down time experienced by the patient.
What happens during the treatment?
Before you have the treatment, Dr Strawford will undertake a thorough examination of your condition and assess the suitable level of treatment needed to achieve the desired results and optimum treatment outcome.
We either apply a topical anaesthetic cream to numb the treatment area or use injections of local anaesthesia for large areas of treatment especially on the body. This normally takes effect in 30 to 45 minutes.
When the skin is numb, we start the treatment using the Fractora™ head which has small needles which enter the skin and deliver the radio-frequency energy to the area of skin being treated. Depending on the area of treatment, the procedure can take between 30 and 60 minutes .
Is the treatment painful?
There is minimal discomfort usually felt as heat following the application of local anaesthesia. Following treatment there is no discomfort and the recovery is very quick.
Is the treatment safe?
Fractora™ has shown to be an extremely safe procedure with minimal risk. Following treatment, it is important patients avoid sun exposure and use a high factor sun protection to avoid the risk of developing hyper-pigmentation in the treated areas.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after the treatment, you will probably notice some redness and mild swelling in the treated area, which may also feel hot and tender. This can vary from person to person, but usually settles in the first few days following treatment, occasionally lasting up to a week or more. The skin can have very small crusts and appear much drier needing regular moisturisation for the first few weeks after treatment..
What aftercare is needed after treatment?
The skin heals very quickly after Fractora™. We provide you with a special cleansing and skin healing product to use after your treatment and after 72 hours make-up can be applied. There can be redness of the treated skin for 1-2 weeks which can be covered by makeup and high factor sun protection is advised.
How many treatment sessions are required?
Usually between one and three treatment sessions are required depending on the condition of the skin being treated and the age of the patient. Less treatment sessions are required if we are able to do the treatment at a higher energy level. However, the redness and swelling can persist longer (up to 2 weeks) at the highest energy levels of treatment.
Can Fractora™ be used anywhere on the body?
Yes, Fractora™ can be used anywhere on the face and body where the skin needs to change either to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck or acne scarring on the face or to tighten skin and improve elasticity of the skin of the body such as the upper arms or lower abdomen. Fractora can even be used to enhance the female external genitalia, ’The Designer Vagina’.
Fractora™ has also been shown to reduce excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis on a permanent basis.
Can Fractora™ be combined with other treatments?
Fractora™ is often combined with other cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers, collagen stimulators and lifting procedures such as Silhouette Soft sutures. Ageing of the face and body is often associated with changes to the deeper layers and structures which may need to be treated alongside improving the skin quality with Fractora™ for a very natural and complete rejuvenation.
Fractora™ Skin Resurfacing
(no consultation fee required)
No. of treatments1-3
Recovery Time3-5 days
Procedure time1 hour
Back to normal1-2- days
Final ResultsAfter 3 months
AnaestheticTopical Plus injections
Duration of results1-2 years
DISCLAIMER: We are all unique. This means that treatment plans, the results, down time and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information we provide is based on the extensive experience we have gained from treating a wide variety of patients, both men and women of different ages and is based on an average treatment experience. For more accurate information about how the treatment experience would be for you, we suggest you make a CONSULTATION with Dr Strawford at one of our clinics.
Why choose Skin Excellence Clinics
What makes Skin Excellence Clinics so special and why should you choose to have your medical cosmetic treatment with us?
- The guiding principle of Skin Excellence Clinics has always been to deliver exceptional patient care: this was the focus in 2005 when Dr Strawford started in the field of medical aesthetics and has remained the ethos we have followed for the past 11 years.
- Dr Ian Strawford, founder of Skin Excellence Clinics will help you to find the right solution: but only if appropriate for your needs and expectations
- You will receive a free medical consultation, where you will be given plenty of time and space to consider all of your options, before deciding if treatment may be right for you.
- We source the best products through official UK Pharmacies: we do not risk the safety of our patients, the quality of our service or the results of your treatments.
- Whilst many people naturally assume that cosmetic treatments are all about beautification: we can help to reduce the psychological and emotional effects of scarring, acne, rosacea, excessive sweating, hair loss and skin lesions.
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