What is Fractora and what does it do?
Fractora is the most advanced fractional radio frequency (RF) treatment providing anti-aging improvements on skin tone and texture for a more radiant appearance through ablation and skin resurfacing. Ablative treatments do remove some skin, so they have more downtime than other non-ablative technologies like IPL and FotoFacial. For more information on the Fractora technology and a gallery of before/after photos, please visit www.invasix.com.
Fractora delivers radio frequency energy to the skin through an array of pins producing localized heat and small micro-lesion dots in the treatment area. The gentle heat generated by the Fractora pins in the sub-dermal tissue promotes collagen restructuring for skin rejuvenation and an improved appearance in the skin. The methodical scattering of micro-lesions allows the skin to heal faster than if the entire area was ablated. What this means is that the majority of repair is being done under the skin, maximizing your results, but the damage to the surface is more minimal, allowing you to heal faster and better than with traditional resurfacing machines like Fraxel and CO2 technologies. While our offices also still continue to offer Matrix RF treatments, Fractora is a more intense treatment, allowing us to treat deeper lines and scarring than with Matrix RF.
Because of Fractora’s unique system, the treatment can be done by or our technicians at The Ladies First MedSpa.
The Invasix machine has separate attachments for each modality of treatment being performed.
What areas are treated with Fractora?
Because the RF depth is variable, and different treatments tips (both is size and depth) can be used, treatments can be customized per-person more than any other fractional treatment on the market. Fractora can be used in areas that demonstrate fine or deep wrinkles, scars, or excessively discolored red and brown skin tone (many scattered red vessels). The most common areas of treatment are the lower eyelid, upper eyelid, smile lines, cheeks, mouth, and neck. While the full face and neck are often treated, it is also possible to treat smaller areas like cheeks and nose, where many people have localized acne scarring. Fractora treatments have also been done successfully on stretch marks on the body.
Fractora can also be combined with other treatments including Firm (sometimes even used pre-treatment on the same day as Fractora), FotoFacial, Venus Freeze, and additional procedures done by our staff, to enhance the effects of the Fractora, if desired.
What is a Fractora treatment like?
Before you begin Fractora treatments, you will discuss the procedure with our staff, sign a consent, and take pre-treatment photos. Prior to your treatment a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area being treated to reduce any associated discomfort. Many offices charge extra for topical anesthetics but we have always believed that your comfort should come first, so we include this at no charge for any procedures in our offices. The topical cream will be kept on longer than with other laser treatments, for about 30 minutes. If you are electing to have the procedure done at higher energies by Dr. Rueckl, he will numb you with lidocaine with epinephrine injections for your further comfort after the numbing gel.
Your technician will then look at your area(s) to be treated and may mark your skin if needed with a skin marker. The operator will then choose the appropriate Fractora tip to garner the best results for your specific skin issues. Unlike with other laser treatments, there is no conductive gel applied for Fractora treatments. This tip is applied directly onto the skin. However, a cold air chiller will be used at the same time as the Fractora passes are done. This allows the RF to travel deeper into the skin, as well as makes you more comfortable. The treatment tip will be applied to the skin and a pulse of RF will pulse into the skin and target the appropriate areas. Multiple passes will be done to each area for the best results. Many offices simply do a single pass with their machines, but our operators have been trained to do multiple passes and pulses. This allows the skin to achieve better results, faster. A Fractora treatment will last between 45-120 minutes depending on the size of the area(s) being treated. There should not be a significant amount of pain, but some areas may feel warm or even hot. This is the energy going in, which is a desired outcome. More sensitive and thin-skinned areas may also be a bit more sensitive (like the jawline or forehead) but your operator will adjust accordingly. Never should you feel so much pain that the procedure is intolerable.
After your treatment your operator will go over post-treatment protocols, as well as cover your treated area with Aquaphor. You will look red, swollen, and shiny when you leave.
What kind of results can I expect from a Fractora treatment?
When you leave, there will be redness and swelling of the treated zone. You should follow the post-care instructions given to you, and keep the area very moist with Aquaphor, as advised. The swelling and redness will subside over the coming days, but you should expect that it can persist for up to a week (or more if you are prone to swelling), particularly on the higher settings. You should be able to put on makeup and cover most redness after a few days, but again this depends on your body’s healing.
You should have realistic expectations and remember that multiple sessions may be necessary. Fractora results will continue to develop over the coming months, as new collagen is created. Each session will further ablate and resurface the skin, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles, skin laxity, textural irregularities, and scarring. Follow-up treatments may be needed in the future to maintain results and are offered at a discounted rate after the initial treatment package is completed. Remember that with Fractora we are changing your skin and your collagen, so while results can take a month or so to start appearing, they will continue to build over time, and the results won’t just disappear overnight after a year or so. Your skin will be refreshed and renewed, and then will start to age again naturally, which is why many patients will elect maintenance treatments in the coming years.
You will have a treatment every 3-4 weeks, for 3 treatments.