When I was discussing my treatment needs with SpaMedica we talked about how unreliable my schedule was and we decided to try a treatment a week, my third treatment (which completes an entire facial cycle) was the Fractional 1540 laser resurfacing treatment (or Fraxel) which was the most intense treatment of the three. This post is going to explain the process and my experience with the first treatment.
What it does:
The Fractional 1540 laser treatment delivers light to the skin through high precision microbeams that penetrate deep into the dermis. It delivers heat to the deepest layers of the skin and this in turn triggers the body’s healing process. As the skin begins to repair itself, it replaces old, sun damaged skin (I had quite a bit) with new, healthier skin. Now because of this new healthier skin new collagen and elastin forms which are the building blocks of your skin. What does that mean? This new collagen and elastin gives your skin a glow and a refreshing appearance. It can be used on the face and body to treat many skin conditions including sun damage or melasma, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and scars. It can also help improve skin texture and tone issues. I was most excited about this treatment for a number of reasons but specifically I want to get rid of my sunspots and then diminish my fine lines and wrinkles.
You will have to come in at least 30 minutes before your treatment to apply numbing cream because this is a painful procedure. Not the childbirth pain type but your skin is sort of on fire so it’s not going to feel like a soothing facial massage. The laser is applied right on your skin (it’s zapping you) with a constant blast of cool air helping to cool down your skin. The SpaMedica aesthetician will walk you through everything and adjust the intensity of the laser for you because everyone’s skin is different and these procedures are based on your needs and skin type. She will also take a break if you need it and talk you through everything. This includes letting you know when the pain is going to increase like when the laser is going over your upper lip. Don’t worry because you are in great hands.
This really is very important to know – my face was very red and looked like I had a pretty bad sun burn. This severe redness lasted a few hours as the photos below can attest to.
The first hour my face felt like it was on fire. I had cold face cloths on it constantly. After a few hours they were used intermittently. I used SkinCeuticals moisturizer and serums because your skin is so sensitive. Make sure that you use proper products after this procedure. Anything harsh can make you break out after this procedure. Do not have this procedure and then expect to go out some where special that night or even the next. I would take a few days off to let your skin recover. When you are booking your Fraxel treatment pick a few days when your calendar is quiet.
SpaMedica recommends that you have at least 3 (sometimes you may need up to 5) Fraxel treatments for great results. I noticed a big improvement after 1 treatment cycle (combined with the other two procedures) as did my friends.