San Francisco Fractora microneedling, resurfacing and skin tightening treatment. Learn the drawbacks and limitations of the Fractora treatment from San Francisco’s finest skin experts at Azalasf.com. Find Fractora cost and treatment near me.
The use of micro-needles to improve skin texture, smooth lines and treat various scars is not new in the field of aesthetics. In fact, it has been popular for many decades with both patients and service providers alike. It’s the addition of radio frequency (RF) that’s relatively recent. Fractora is one example of a fractional RF microneedling device that’s being used for resurfacing dermal tissues and stimulating collagen to improve the skin’s appearance.
At its core Fractora is a ‘microneedling’ treatment combined with RF to deliver controlled damage to the deep dermal layers. ‘Microneedling’ is in quotations because the device utilizes 12-24 gently squared off pins rather than pointy needles. The heat and micro-lesions generated by the pins results in a rapid healing response and subsequent improvement collagen remodeling, improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and texture irregularities.
Fractora is extremely painful and uncomfortable. Therefore a topical numbing cream and nerve block injections must be administered prior to treatment. Additionally, with the higher settings necessary to achieve appreciable results there is considerable redness and swelling of the treated zone. It’s possible to have bruising after the treatment and in rare cases even scarring. Also the area needs to be kept moist with an ointment for 2-3 days so leaving the house may not be ideal. Darker skin types need to be treated with extreme caution.
One highly effective alternative to Fractora is the gentler SkinPen® by Bellus Medical. SkinPen® goes deeper than competitor MicroPen® so it’s more effective for breaking down scar tissue. For patients who don’t necessarily want the intensity, pain or higher cost associated with microneedling RF, the SkinPen® is a good alternative. It’s very successful at addressing many of the same skin concerns. This includes reducing scars (acne, surgical, traumatic) on the face and body, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture and enlarged pores. The SkinPen® also has considerably less downtime.
The SkiPen® is a microneedling device that deploys 12 tiny needles across the skin’s surface. As the pen glides along it creates hundreds of microscopic punctures in the epidermis. These micro-injuries stimulate wound healing and new skin cell growth which ultimately improves the skin’s appearance. The SkinPen® is safe for all skin types. It can also be customized using the pen’s various setting and the addition of medical skincare products. When combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma) microneedling can enhance the procedure even more, particularly when treating age-related concerns.
Depending on a patient’s aesthetic goals and degree of correction required, the Halo fractional laser by Sciton may be a more appropriate treatment option. The Halo is a powerful hybrid laser. It uses a combination of ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to address pigmentation while boosting collagen and elastin. The result is clearer, more even-toned skin with reduced fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a game-changer is the aesthetics industry and one of the most popular treatments offered at Azala Medical Aesthetics.
For patients whose main concern is loose and sagging skin in the lower face and neck, Novathreads is an excellent procedure. The absorbable sutures provide a lift for mild to moderate sagging skin. The result is a more contoured mid-face and defined jawline and neck. Additionally, threads can be used to induce collagen stimulation in the skin resulting in smoother, youthful skin.
To learn more about Novathreads, the Sciton Halo laser or Microneedling with the SkinPen®, call our San Francisco office to schedule your consultation with an experienced Azala clinician today.
SkinPen® Microneedling Before and After Photos Acne Improvement
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.