For the face
We asked the experts about the advanced world of facial non-invasive treatments, what’s involved and what these state-of-the-art technologies can achieve.
Fractional laser technology is considered the gold standard in skin rejuvenation among industry practitioners. Skin consists of three layers; the epidermis (uppermost layer), dermis (mid-layer) and subcutis (lower fat layer). As we age, so does each layer of our skin. The dermis, which is responsible for collagen and elastin production, becomes thinner, accounting for the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Prior to fractional laser treatment, laser techniques targeted either the epidermis or dermis layer, whereas this technology works on both.
During treatment, a device delivers a laser beam divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time, hence the name. The wavelength of the laser determines how deeply it penetrates the skin and, in turn, the level of results – which are dramatic, according to Marianna Glucina, an expert in fractional laser. “It can easily take 10 years off someone’s appearance with minimal downtime,” says Glucina. “Fractional lasers work by stimulating the growth of new collagen from the inside out, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin.” A prickling sensation may be felt during treatment as well as a sunburnt feeling two to three hours afterwards. A typical treatment takes 45 minutes and comprises a topical anaesthetic cream and a cooling machine to combat any heat generated. A number of machines are available with this technology at varying strengths, which your skin practitioner will be best placed to advise on.
Skin consists of three layers. As we age, so does each layer of our skin ‘It can easily take 10 years off someone’s appearance with minimal downtime. Fractional lasers work by stimulating the growth of new collagen from the inside out, resulting in smoother, younger- looking skin’