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. 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.
Due to Fractora’s unique system, the treatment can be done by either Dr. Shaygan, on very high settings, or our technicians at The Spa, on lower treatment settings. This dual-function allows patients to receive more intense results with a bit more downtime, or a series of treatments with much lower downtime, but more treatments needed for maximum results.
The Invasix machine has separate attachments for each modality of treatment being performed. The same handpiece is used for Fractora whether Dr.Shaygan or the technicians do the treatments, but different settings are used, as well as different treatment tips.
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 stetchmarks on the body. Fractora can also be combined with Forma treatments.
What is a Fractora treatment like?
The Fractora treatment will differ slightly depending upon whether you elect to have it done more aggressively by Dr. Shaygan, or more superficially by the technicians at The Spa. Before you begin Fractora treatments, you will discuss the procedure with Dr. Shaygan or one of the certified technicians, sign a consent, and take pre-treatment photos. Regardless of who is doing the treatment, prior to your treatment a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area being treated to reduce any associated discomfort. The topical cream will be kept on for about 20 minutes.
Your technician will then look at your area(s) to be treated and may mark your skin if needed with a skin marker. Then they will choose the appropriate Fractora tip for your specific skin issues. Unlike with other laser treatments, there is no conductive gel applied for Fractora treatments. 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 may be done to each area for the desired results. A Fractora treatment will last between 30-60 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. More sensitive and thin-skinned areas may also be a bit more sensitive (like the jawline or forehead)
What kind of results can I expect from a Fractora treatment?
When you leave, there will be redness and swelling of the treated area. You may have some additional bruising at the injection points too. 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.
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. 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.