Commonly asked questions about skin care
I’m using all kinds of expensive skin care products, but nothing is helping, what can I do?
It is important to have a professional assessment of you skin type and concerns. Not all skin types are equal and not all skin concerns are equal so as you can imagine the same products will not give the same effect for everyone. In fact, medical grade skin care products can produce some unwanted side-effects when used in the wrong skin type. It is important to have a skin care regimen tailored to your skin. Then you will see beautiful results to follow like you’ve never seen before!
I had a laser treatment or a chemical peel and the results were great, but a few months later my skin went back to looking the same. Why didn’t my results last?
Fractora has become a workhorse laser in our clinic. Our patients love it and we love it in return. It can tackle the most skin issues all in this one type of treatment! It combines two well researched and long proven anti-aging technologies of micro-needling and radiofrequency.
It is the technology that does it all: tighten skin, decrease wrinkles, improve skin complexion, reduce skin irregularities (including acne and scars) and provide a healthier younger-looking you.
We’ve never seen acne scars disappear so effectively with such minimal downtime and no lasting discomfort.
Commonly asked questions about Fractora
What is Fractora?
Fractora skin treatment is a fractional rejuvenation and resurfacing treatment that helps to resurface the skin while promoting collagen production in the deeper tissues. In this way it reduces wrinkles to slow the effects of aging and restores skin to its youthful appearance.
Can Fractora be used on all skin types?
Fractora’s technology is “colour blind” !! It can be used on all skin types. The unique properties of this device allow even darker skin tones to receive treatment. Most lasers are not amenable to any of the darker skin types!
What areas can it be used for?
Fractora can be used on the whole face except directly on the red lips and brows/upper eyelids. The most commonly treated areas include: Smile lines, lower lids, forehead, cheeks, chin and neck.
What are the benefits of Fractionated Energy?
Fractionated RF energy found in Fractora is minimally invasive, using a matrix of micropins to resurface and restore the skin providing exceptional results. It is a scientifically proven method to reduce wrinkles in a safe and effective manner with minimal downtime and side-effect while providing maximal benefit.
What is the benefit of Radiofrequency (RF) energy?
RF energy heats the deep layers of the skin in a controlled way to revitalize and stimulate collagen production. This will improve your skin’s complexion and texture for a more radiant and youthful appearance.
How many treatments will I need?
Our clinic commonly suggests a minimum of 3 treatments. This would be discussed with you beforehand. Ultimately the number of treatments depend on how advanced your skin concerns are and how much improvement you are looking to see.
When will I see my results?
Some results can be seen immediately, but typically take about two weeks for the most noticeable results to appear. Improvements continue up to 3 months as your body’s collagen production is stimulated.
Can Fractora be used in combination with other treatments?
Fractora can be combined with multiple other technologies even in the same treatment session. We combine it with our IPL device commonly to assist with improving stubborn pigmented spots and vascularity. It can also be combined with additional energy treatments to synergistically boost maximum tightening and collagen production. Dr. Javidnia and our team will create a customized treatment plan for each patient to get the best and most long-lasting results possible.
Are there any side effects?
With the care of a professional, most patients do not experience any side effects and any skin reaction usually resolves within a few days. It is recommended to avoid direct sunlight and tanning and apply daily sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
What kind of post procedure care is required?
We will apply an ointment on all treated areas before our patients leave the clinic and will have instructions when to reapply to keep the skin moisturized. We strongly advise avoiding sun exposure for the first 48hrs and diligence with sunscreen application while the skin is healing.
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How do you prepare for the procedure?
It is very important to avoid direct sun exposure or tanning at least one month prior to treatment. This includes self-tanner.
What areas can be treated?
Lumecca IPL can be used to treat all areas of skin on the body. The most common areas of treatment are places that are regularly exposed to the sun. This often includes the face and neck, décolletage, arms and hands, and the legs.
How many sessions are required?
Just one session usually provides improved skin appearance. However, multiple sessions provide even better and longer-lasting results. The severity of the skin damage, skin type, type of treatment (vascular vs sun damage) will determine our energy settings and treatment regimen.
What should I expect during and after my Lumecca IPL treatment?
The treatment involves bright flashes of light from the Lumecca that feel like a light elastic sensation. It is common to have redness and a slight warming of the skin after treatment and usually this subsides within an hour. Over the next 24-48hrs there may be darkening of pigmented spots; in the next week the pigmented lesions flake off, and an evening out of the skin tone will occur. With treatment of vascular lesions the vessel may blanch and disappear and a colour change may occur which dissipates within a few days.
How quickly will I see results?
Within a few days of treatment sun damage and skin complexion results can be seen. The skin will continue to look younger and more brilliant over time with most visible results after 1-2 weeks. The final results are improved by having multiple photo facial sessions.
Are there any side effects?
With the care of a professional, most patients do not experience any side effects and any skin reaction usually resolves within a few hours. Patients may find they are sensitive to sunlight immediately after treatment. It is recommended to avoid direct sunlight and tanning.
Is Forma for me?
Forma is a great treatment for patients seeking a non-invasive and natural looking approach to improvements in skin tightening and skin tone and texture irregularities. It is suitable for all skin types. The usual noted benefits include skin that feels smoother and more defined, with a reduction in wrinkles.
Will it hurt?
Most of our patients find Forma a pleasant warm feeling that has been described “like a hot stone massage”. It is essentially a painless procedure with no downtime. Slight redness in the treatment area which subsides within a few hours is common post-procedure.
How many sessions will I need?
We often recommend weekly sessions over a six-eight week period. Individuals with mild laxity may be treated in fewer sessions with more weeks between each treatment. But as always, we will taylor the treatment plan to your desired outcome, and skin type.
Can Forma be used in combination with other treatments?
Forma is commonly used in combination with most other laser treatments, facials, and aesthetic injectables.
What kind of post procedure care is required?
Not much! You walk out of our clinic with glowing skin. But as always we want you to love and care fo your skin. So we strongly advise avoiding sun exposure for the first 48hrs and diligence with daily sunscreen application. That’s just good practice for everyone!