Cystic acne is a pesky skin condition that people can suffer with for years or even suddenly develop in their later years or through hormonal changes. Not only is the acne itself an issue, the scars and hyperpigmentation that it leaves behind can be troubling.
There are countless products on the market designed to help alleviate the issues that come from acne and promising to give you clear, smooth skin without scars and redness. However, how do we know what truly works for us?
While some of these topical methods can help in the short-term, Fractora is a radiofrequency treatment that works below the skin’s surface to transform skin texture and address areas of concern. It can be used to treat problematic acne as well as the scarring it leaves behind. Since it goes deeper than typical acne treatments, it can make significant changes to the skin with noticeable results.
What is Fractora?
The Fractora acne treatment uses a radiofrequency micro-needling device to create tiny punctures or stamps in the skin to generate collagen production and deposit radio frequency energy and heat. This results in a more youthful, firm appearance with tighter pores and clearer skin. The entire process is non-invasive and non-surgical.
How does Fractora work?
While Fractora is similar to micro-needling treatments, it differs in that it uses radio frequency and sends energy directly into your skin to get better results. It works by stimulating your skin to create more collagen and elastin and to minimize oil glands. This is how it helps to treat acne as acne is primarily caused by overactive oil glands and excess sebum.
With less oil production in the skin, the presence of acne-causing bacteria will also decrease. Fractora is effective even on current, active acne which makes the treatment better than your typical micro-needling session. Benefits include:
- Significant improvements within 2 weeks
- Little or no downtime after treatment
- Safe for all skin tones
- Treatment can be customized based on skin concerns
Depending on the areas you are treating, the treatment can take 30 minutes to an hour. To help minimize pain, an anesthetic cream will be applied to your skin before treatment. One of our skincare professionals will administer your treatment and if you do feel a lot of pain or discomfort during the treatment, feel free to let our aesthetician know. Typically, due to the nature of the treatment and the use of needles on the skin, pain during treatment is normal.
Right after your Fractora treatment you will notice that your skin may be red, puffy and sensitive. It may even look like a bad sunburn. Please keep in mind that this is normal and results from the treatment can take time. In fact, your complexion may go through a “purging” period where it gets worse before getting better. So please don’t worry or be disappointed if you aren’t seeing results right away.
After treatment, you will have to follow some rules in order to help your skin heal. You may be instructed to wash with a gentle scent-free cleanser, do a saline soak daily and use a non-irritating moisturizer such as Cetaphil.
You might notice that your skin is itchy during the healing period. This is normal and just means that the skin is healing as it should. Even though your skin will be red and inflamed within the first few days it is important not to use ice or try and get rid of the inflammation as that is part of the necessary response to generate results.
To optimize your results, you will want to eat a healthy diet and avoid ingredients that trigger breakouts in acne-prone skin. You will be instructed not to take Advil or Aspirin as these may inhibit proper results. Last but not least, use sunscreen generously and daily to protect your skin and listen to any aftercare instructions given to you by your aesthetician.
Now that we’ve been through the process, it’s time to get to the fun part: your results. You will begin to see noticeable improvements within a couple weeks. Depending on your individual concerns, you may require additional treatments.
Ideally, a set of 3 treatments within a 4-6-week time frame works best for most people. The reason for this delay is that it takes the skin some time to heal from the treatment and start producing more collagen. As collagen production increases, the results will become more apparent.
Results include a generally more even complexion and texture, less pigmentation and fading of scars or marks. Fractora will also help diminish fine lines, wrinkles and the signs of aging for a firmer, more lifted look.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the results from Fractora acne treatment vary from person to person. It can also vary based on the severity of your acne. Also, the results may not be permanent depending on how your skin reacts. Most people come back for a yearly or occasional touch-up to boost collagen levels once again.
Acne can be difficult to deal with and many people go months and years without suitable treatment. This year, don’t let acne get the best of you. Try our Fractora acne treatment for smoother skin and real results.
To learn more about treating acne and Fractora skin treatment, call Clearview MediSpa Toronto at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.