When it comes to noninvasive laser skin rejuvenation, you can either work from the outside or from the inside. Laser treatments used to work more from the outside, with ablative laser skin resurfacing removing the outer layer or layers of skin. The downside was this approach necessitated some involved recovery time for the skin to heal.
Today, more laser treatments work from the inside out. Pearl Fractional is like that. By directing most of its laser energy through the epidermis into the dermis layer beneath, Pearl Fractional gets the body to make the skin improvements starting in the dermis.
What is Pearl Fractional?
As its name implies, Pearl Fractional treatments at Spa Vitoria, only deal with a fraction of the surface skin. Our laser aestheticians direct the laser energy onto the treatment areas. The laser energy creates hundreds of microscopic channels through the outer epidermis down into the dermis layer beneath. Because only a fraction of the outer skin is impacted, that’s why this is called fractional skin resurfacing.
Those tiny channels in the surface skin do help to break down areas of uneven texture, overly large pores, scars, and other surface issues. The hundreds of tiny holes heal in just a few hours, so there really isn’t any recovery needed.
The real work goes on beneath the surface. When Pearl Fractional’s laser light energy penetrates the epidermis, it instantly converts to heat when it enters the dermis layer. When the body senses heat in the dermis, it assumes there has been a wound in the outer skin, opening up the dermis. Of course, there is no wound and the hundreds of tiny channels on the surface skin heal almost immediately. But the body believes there has been a series of wounds in the area, and it initiates a “wound-healing response.” This involves remodeling the existing collagen and elastin in the area first. But more important for skin renewal, the response calls for the body to produce new amounts of collagen and elastin to heal the perceived wounds. Collagen provides the structural framework for our skin, but our bodies produce less and less of this protein as we age; this allows our skin to sag, droop, and develop lines and wrinkles. So, the boost in collagen improves the skin across the treatment area. This boost in collagen continues for a period of weeks.
Where can Pearl Fractional treatments be used?
We use Pearl Fractional treatments across the facial skin for our Spa Vitoria patients. It is very effective on the delicate areas around the eyes and mouth, but it is great on all facial skin. We also use Pearl Fractional to break down scars and stretch marks anywhere on the body.
Are you interested in Pearl Fractional at Spa Vitoria? Call us at our Salt Lake City office, (801) 274-9500, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612.