So fractions weren’t your favorite part of a school. No biggie. That doesn’t mean getting fractional treatment of your skin at Spa Vitoria won’t give your skin high marks for a smoother, brighter complexion.
Our Pearl Fractional treatment is our most aggressive treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, and overall skin texture.
What is Pearl Fractional?
This procedure has the “fractional” moniker because the treatment only affects a fraction of the surface of the skin. In a Pearl Fractional treatment at Spa Vitoria, our unique laser directs pulses of specific wavelengths onto the damaged skin. The laser heat energy penetrates through the epidermis layer of the skin into the dermis below. The holes are tiny, just the size of a pore, and are surrounded by healthy skin that is untouched by the laser.
What does Pearl Fractional do?
By creating these microscopic columns through the skin, the laser first breaks down sun damaged skin on the surface and then stimulates the growth of healthy, new skin, including a production of new collagen to help the perceived “wounds” in the area. This plumps the skin from below, repairing photodamage and other skin imperfections.
The effect is twofold. On the surface, the skin’s healing mechanism rejuvenates the surface skin. The healthy skin surrounding the tiny wounds works to repair the neighboring skin. Below in the dermis layer, the second effect takes hold. The body perceives the laser energy in the dermis layer as a wound (although there is not any wound in the dermis layer) and builds new collagen to heal it. It also increases fibroblast activity, which tightens the surface skin from beneath.
Where can you use Pearl Fractional?
At Spa Vitoria, we use Pearl Fractional on the entire face. It is uniquely effective in the delicate periorbital (around the eyes) and perioral (around the mouth) areas. This is great, as these two areas often are the first to show signs of aging and their thin skin precludes many procedures.
What does Pearl Fractional feel like?
Most patients describe the treatment as feeling like a series of fast, hot pinches. Before your session, we apply topical numbing cream to alleviate most of the discomfort. We can also give you an oral sedative if you desire.
After your treatment, the skin will look sunburned and will be slightly swollen. There will be some bleeding at some of the fractional holes, but this very quickly ends as the skin begins the healing process. Any pain is easily managed with pain relievers. You’ll apply an occlusive ointment to the skin for four to five days. But the treated skin should not receive any unprotected sun exposure for up to six months, as it will be very susceptible to sun damage. Most patients take two or three days off work.
Want to hear more about Pearl Fractional at Spa Vitoria? Call either our Park City or Salt Lake City locations and ask any questions, or make an appointment.