Fractora by InMode
Fractional skin resurfacing has typically involved the use of laser energy to create hundreds of microscopic channels in the skin across the treatment area. The laser energy then entered and heated the dermis layer of the skin. This triggered a “wound” response in the body, where new collagen and elastin were produced to heal the wound, firming and tightening the skin.
The problem with laser fractional resurfacing has always been downtime. Patients have noted some enduring redness after their procedure, plus patients with darker skin have experienced hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Datta now offers Fractora, a fractional skin resurfacing treatment that creates microscopic channels in the skin but also delivers radiofrequency energy into the dermis. The result is excellent skin tightening with far less recovery.
What is Fractora?
Fractora is fractional skin resurfacing, but instead of laser energy, radiofrequency energy is delivered into the dermis, the skin’s second layer. The Fractora handpiece has two choices of heads: a small head with 20 pins or a large head with 60 pins. These pins create the microscopic channels of up to 1mm through the epidermis. As the pins penetrate the epidermis, each pin tip delivers bipolar radiofrequency energy directly into the dermis.
Would I be a good candidate for Fractora?
The fractional skin resurfacing with Fractora isn’t as aggressive as fractional laser resurfacing. Because of this, Fractora may not provide aggressive enough resurfacing for extensive skin renewal. The flip side is there is little recovery with Fractora compared with a sometimes lengthy period of redness with laser resurfacing. By using RF energy instead of laser energy, Fractora also doesn’t cause issues with hyperpigmentation, so it is a better alternative for patients with darker skin tones. Fractora can also be used on more sensitive areas such as the eyelids and around the mouth.
What skin issues can Fractora be used to improve?
Fractora is effective on a wide range of aging skin problems:
Broken blood vessels
Areas of redness
How does Fractora work?
Fractora rejuvenates the skin in two ways. First, it creates hundreds of microscopic channels in the skin that immediately begin a healing process that improves the skin, breaking down texture problems. Second, it delivers radiofrequency energy directly into the dermis layer of the skin, without having to go through the skin, as laser energy does with fractional laser treatments.
The hundreds of microscopic wounds created by the Fractora handpiece are surrounded by unaffected healthy skin, which goes about healing the tiny punctures immediately. The microscopic punctures are usually healed within just a few hours. This improves areas with poor texture, as new skin cells are created.
When the RF energy is delivered from the pin tips, the second aspect of the treatment occurs. When the RF energy hits the dermis it converts to heat. The body perceives heat in the dermis as a wound and it initiates a wound response. This wound response first remodels the existing collagen in the area, and then it begins the process of producing new amounts of collagen and elastin to “heal” the perceived wound. This tightens and firms the skin, improving the overall appearance.
We can set the depth of the needle penetration and the amount of RF energy delivered to control just how aggressive your resurfacing is.
See How the Fractora Uses RF Energy to Treat Skin
What are the benefits of Fractora?
Fractora improves a broad range of problems with aging skin at the same time, everything from wrinkle improvement to removing broken surface blood vessels. Plus, it is gentler than fractional laser resurfacing, so downtime is minimized.
How many Fractora treatments are needed?
Most patients find that a series of 2-6 Fractora sessions delivers the skin tightening and improvement they seek.
When will I see results with Fractora?
After your treatment, your skin will be red and mildly inflamed, and this can last a few days. But soon the skin will calm and the body starts building new skin cells, collagen, and elastin. You’ll begin to see results in two weeks as the existing collagen remodels. These improvements will continue to build for 3-6 months, and your results should last for up to one year. Improvements in skin texture and removal of broken blood vessels are permanent changes, but after a year your collagen levels will have dropped again.