Different Types of Fractora Treatments
There are different types of Fractora needle tips that we use at SpaMedica and treatments are, however, divided into 3 categories: light, moderate, and deep.
Use a low-energy setting with shorter Fractora needles and usually require 6-8 treatments to meet desired results.
Use a higher energy setting and require 4-6 treatments.
Use powerful energy settings and longer needle tips which only require 1-3 treatments.
The type of treatment used will depend based on the coverage area and severity of wrinkle/skin irregularities.
Non-Surgical Fractora Alternatives
Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion and Microneedling without RF has less downtime but provides far less texture improvement, less wrinkle reduction and far less tissue tightening.
How is Fractora Performed?
During your initial consultation, your areas of concern, skin type and tone will be assessed. You will go over expected results and possible outcomes. You will have photographs taken of the areas to be treated to assess your before and after results.
On the day of the treatment itself, a numbing agent or oral medication will be applied to ease any discomfort. The device that delivers radiofrequency energy through micro pins will then be carefully traced over the target areas.
The numbing and treatment will take about 1-hour total for a single area. After the treatment, your provider will give you any aftercare instructions you will need to follow.
The physician Fractora treatments use both superficial and deeper, coated Fractora tips, use much stronger energy, and may combine other resurfacing devices, like Fractional CO2. The results for wrinkle reduction and laxity are much more significant and are achieved in a single session, but the downtime is approximately 7 days.
How to Prepare for Fractora
Pre-treatment instructions are there to decrease the likelihood of complications and speed up recovery time.
Patients should avoid sun exposure and using tanning beds for at least 4 weeks prior to their Fractora treatment. Anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements that can increase bleeding should also be stopped with your doctor’s permission and alcohol should not be consumed within 24 hours of the procedure. Instead, consume plenty of water prior to and after your treatment – hydrated skin heals faster!
What to Expect After a Fractora
Patients will notice an improvement to their facial appearance immediately after the treatment. The face might feel tight but this, along with the minimal swelling and redness, will subside after 24 hours. In the days that follow, patients should moisturize the treatment area 2-3 times a day and avoid excessive direct sun exposure. Little bumps are often palpable from the fractional needle insertions, but they disappear over days, depending upon the settings and as they fill in with new collagen, elastin and ground substances (newer, younger skin).
Fractora Recovery & Timeline
Day 1: Redness will subside after 24 hours and makeup can be worn after lighter treatments.
Week 1-3: Swelling can stay for up to 1 week. If stronger settings are used, redness takes more time to subside and make up can be worn after 1 week.
Week 2-6: Significant improvement is noticed
Month 3-6: Since Fractora stimulates collagen regrowth, results can continue to develop during this time.
Sunscreen to be worn throughout the recovery period.
Best Procedures Paired with Fractora
Fractora is often combined with other non-invasive energy devices like IPL photorejuvenation for brown spot and blood vessel reduction and bulk heating, non-ablative radiofrequency devices, like the Forma, Venus Freeze and/or Excilis for additional tightening. Botox injection and dermal fillers(Juvederm, Revanesse and Restylane) are also used in combination, as are suture suspension ThreadLifts.