For the face

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Inspired -

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

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’

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