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Post-Treatment Instructions

Profractional™

Profractional™ is a laser resurfacing technique that stimulates collagen to treat wrinkles, discoloration, and acne scars amongst other skin conditions that is decided during your consultation with Dr. Russo. It creates tiny areas of dermal injury that prompts the wound healing process that will deliver results you desire.


Prior to the procedure:

After your decision to have Profractional™ depending on depth and areas to be treated you may need to be placed on an antiviral. It will be in your Laser Resurfacing Kit that is given to you at your education session, also at that time you will received instructions on use. Also, you will be given an antibiotic for prophylactic treatment due to dermal injury. Depending on settings used for your desired outcome, an anesthetic may be used, ranging from topical, oral, or IV sedation.

Also, prior to the procedure your skin will be cleansed with alcohol or toner, for optimal results.





During the procedure:

The laser light is attracted to water in the skin, but that can include the composition of your eye. So for your protection and ours, eye protection will be worn during the procedure.

Microscopic holes are strategically placed by the laser, and different depths may be reached and sensitivity of certain areas may cause some small punctuate bleeding, this is normal.

Redness and a heat sensation will occur, however we will do our best to provide cooling to your areas of treatment.

As the laser is performing resurfacing, there is smoke that is produce from the ablation of the skin. A device is used to eliminate that from the air; at time it has an odor of burnt skin.





After the procedure:

Do not be in direct sunlight for 4-7 days as your skin needs this time to heal. Your skin will be red ranging from a mild sunburn to severe sunburn appearance. Again, this will depend on the depth used during the procedure. After the healing has taken place, appropriate sunscreen should be used prior to sun exposure.

Your skin will feel warm to hot, to alleviate this discomfort apply ice cold washcloths to the treated area, this discomfort will subside in 1-2 hours from treatment.

Clean with a pure cleanser such as Cetaphil.

Compress the area frequently with cool water.

For the first 203 days, use a thin layer of Aquaphor, since it is important to keep the treated area moist and this seals in the moisture. This emollient is found in your Laser Resurfacing Kit.

After the first 2-3 days use the provided TNS Ceramide, which is a light moisturizer and apply it 3 times a day. As the redness diminishes and there are no weeping wounds you may apply make-up to the areas treated. We recommend our post-treatment cover-up Oxygenetix.