Fractional Laser triggers natural healing processes by delivering micro beams to penetrate the skin. Healing is more rapid than traditional laser resurfacing as the laser energy is applied in fractional “dots” with unaffected surrounding skin. This application method means 3-6 treatments are needed depending on how severe the problem area is and how aggressive the settings are.
Fractional Laser is appropriate for all skin types and on any area of the body. Some immediate changes are noticeable but full results can take up to 6 months to fully come out.
The number of treatment varies on patient preference and the condition to be treated. Some patients prefer a gentler treatment with recovery in a few days and more treatments with others opting for a more intense treatment with a longer downtime and fewer treatments required. The more intense a treatment is, the more discomfort will be experienced and the more aftercare, downtime and cost will be.
Who is a good candidate for Dot Laser?
Someone that is worried about the following characteristics is an ideal candidate for DOT Laser:
Loss of firmness
Lines & wrinkles
Who is not a good candidate for Dot Laser?
A person that may not be suitable for DOT Laser is someone that:
Has unrealistic expectations
Fractional DOT Laser is performed at our government-licenced Academy Day Hospital.
A numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area 30-60 minutes prior to commencing. A stinging and burning sensation can be experienced during laser treatment.
Cold air will be applied post-laser to alleviate discomfort.
If required, over the counter analgesics or as prescribed by Dr Oates and his team of doctors, may be administered to ensure minimal discomfort post treatment.
How long will I need off work?
Downtime varies between 7-10 days off work depending on the individual patient. In the second week, to hide any remaining redness mineral makeup can be applied.
If no twilight sedation was administered, you will be able to drive yourself home after Fractional Laser. Medication, a topical cream and after care instructions will be prescribed and supplied.
Is there discomfort?
During the procedure you may feel a mild stinging. After the treatment it can feel increasingly hot in the treated area for a few hours which can be alleviated with ice packs.
In the healing process some patients get an itch which can be treated with medication we provide.
Pre and post procedure care
Your doctor will prescribe a topical retinoic acid cream that you will need to apply prior to the laser treatment, ideally twice a day if your skin allows.
Your pre and post procedure care will be managed by the Academy’s team of doctors, registered nurses, and dermal therapists. The pre and post care include wound care, LED treatments and skin care maintenance advice.
LED (light therapy) treatments.
Light therapy helps post-laser healing as the LED treatment acts as a non-invasive anti-inflammatory. These take 10-20 minutes and can be scheduled for after your laser treatment.
Risks and complications
It is normal to experience redness, swelling, itchiness and peeling in the first week.
The risk of infection is reduced when you use the pre-procedure wash provided on the morning of your treatment. If an infection develops you will be prescribed antibiotics.
It is not unusual for resurfacing of the skin to cause the herpes virus to flare up. If you have a history of cold sores you will be prescribed antiviral medication as in most cases the virus is present but dormant in the skin.
People with a darker skin type are at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation following laser treatments.
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If I am interested, what now?
Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. You do not need a GPs referral for this consultation. Or you can have a complementary consultation with one of our Dermal Therapists or Nurses.
You may wish to speak with one of our qualified Dermal Therapists or Nurse prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this free consultation, a Dermal Therapist/Nurse can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your cosmetic concern(s).