Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Stimulate Cell Turnover and Collagen Remodelling
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What is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

Fractional laser resurfacing is an ideal treatment to stimulate cell turnover and collagen remodelling for healthy, new skin. It generates fine channels of energy that penetrate deeply into the dermis, prompting the surrounding tissue to generate elastin—a resilient protein essential for the creation of fresh, smooth skin. This process aids in reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles, marks, and pigmentation as new layers of skin form.

 

Recommended Treatment For:

  • Melasma & Hyperpigmentation
  • C-Section Scars
  • Atrophic scars (e.g., cystic acne, chickenpox, surgery)
  • Wrinkles
  • Enhancing skin texture and tone

How does Fractional Laser Resurfacing work?

Sit or lie back comfortably while your laser technician cleanses the skin in that area. Next, the laser hand piece is applied to the area and laser is delivered in short zaps until the area has been treated.

Fractional Laser produces microcolumns of energy that penetrate to a deeper layer of skin (the dermis). This causes the tissue around the targeted area to produce elastin (a stretchy protein needed for new, smooth skin) and diminish scars, wrinkles, marks, and pigmentation with each new layer of skin produced

The number of needed treatments will vary according to what you are treating. A few weeks separate each treatment to allow cell turnover and a new, less marked layer of skin to be produced each time

Our Fractional Laser Services

Laser Melasma Treatment
$350

Reclaim the beauty of even-toned skin by precisely targeting and reducing melanin patches, triggering your body’s natural healing response and promoting the growth of fresh, healthy skin cells.

Skin Texture Treatment with Fractional Laser
$500

Effectively diminishes the appearance of scars, wrinkles, marks, and pigmentation. Reveal a radiant complexion with elastin and collagen production stimulation for smooth, rejuvenated skin.

Fractional Laser - Other Conditions
According to condition

Please see below for a comprehensive list of conditions we treat with fractional laser. We invite you to schedule a free laser consultation to learn more about how fractional laser can treat your specific concern.

To ensure the suitability of the treatment for your specific needs, all procedures commence with a complimentary consultation. Alternatively, you have the option to book a consultation separately, without any obligation to proceed with a treatment or make a purchase.

Please note: prices are subject to change without notice.

Optional Add-on

Dermaplaning Exfoliating Treatment at Total Wrapture Medi Spa Winnipeg

Dermaplaning | $55

Optional treatment add-on.

This advanced method of exfoliation removes dead skin and peach fuzz, allowing you to better absorb professional products and boost the effect of your daily routine. Experience the bright dewiness of dermaplaning!

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Fractional Laser Resurfacing treatments can be used to treat the following:

Acne Scarring

Acne scar treatment with fractional laser treats both pigmented scars (dark spots) and depressions in the skin caused by cystic acne.

It uses targeted laser energy to create microscopic channels in the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production and promoting skin remodelling (production of fresh, new skin cells). The fractional nature of the laser allows for precise treatment of the scarred areas, resulting in smoother skin texture, improved scar appearance, and reduced pigmentation.

Wrinkles

Fractional laser uses a specialized technology that divides the laser beam into thousands of tiny columns of light to address signs of aging such as wrinkles.

These columns of light create microscopic wounds in the skin, which trigger the body’s natural healing process. As the skin heals, old and damaged skin cells are replaced with new, healthy ones, diminishing wrinkles.

C-Section Scars

Over a series of treatments, fractional laser can significantly improve the texture, color, and overall appearance of c-section scars.

The microchannels of heat that cause a healing process help to remodel the scar tissue and promote the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

It can help to flatten and soften the scar, reduce redness or discoloration, and improve skin smoothness.

Fractional laser treatment offers a non-invasive approach to address c-section scars, providing you with the opportunity to regain confidence in your skin’s appearance. 

Fine Lines

Fractional laser treatment is a highly effective approach to treating fine lines. By creating micro-displacements in the skin, the treatment stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin fibers.

This improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines, resulting in a smoother and more youthful complexion.

Additionally, the laser treatment promotes the growth of new skin cells, contributing to a brighter and more rejuvenated appearance. With its ability to target specific areas, fractional laser treatment provides a focused solution for addressing fine lines and achieving a revitalized complexion.

Full Face

Rejuvenate your facial skin! Through the delivery of microcolumns of targeted laser energy, fractional laser penetrates deep into the lower layer of the skin, stimulating the production of elastin and collagen.

This process promotes the generation of fresh, new skin cells, resulting in the reduction of wrinkles and scars across the entire face.

Additionally, fractional laser treatment improves overall skin texture, diminishes the appearance of pores, and enhances skin tone for a more radiant and even complexion. Experience the transformative effects of fractional laser treatment, achieving remarkable skin rejuvenation and a revitalized appearance.

Half Face

You can choose to target only one area of your face!

Fractional laser treatment offers a targeted approach for rejuvenating specific areas of the face, focusing on your concern such as wrinkles, scars, texture irregularities, and pore appearance on one side of the face, achieving a more balanced and harmonious overall appearance.

Opting for half-face fractional laser treatment provides a customized approach, allowing you to concentrate on your unique needs and achieve remarkable improvements in your desired areas of concern.

The treatment utilizes precise microcolumns of targeted laser energy to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, leading to the regeneration of vibrant, new skin cells.

Hyper Pigmentation

Fractional laser treatment is a highly effective and versatile solution for pigmented spots, offering remarkable results beyond its primary benefits. By precisely targeting the pigment cells in the skin, the concentrated beams of light break up excess melanin responsible for dark spots, allowing them to fade gradually. 

Simultaneously, the laser’s action stimulates collagen and elastin production, leading to improved skin texture and a more even, radiant complexion. Whether it’s sunspots, age spots, or other types of pigmentation, fractional laser treatment provides a powerful solution to restore a youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Hypo Pigmentation

Fractional laser treatment is an excellent solution for treating hypopigmentation, characterized by spots on the skin that are lighter in color compared to the surrounding skin.

This procedure effectively addresses conditions such as wound scars, superficial burn scars, and other factors that may have caused the development of lighter spots on the skin.

By utilizing fractional laser technology, the treatment promotes collagen production and triggers the skin’s natural healing response, leading to improved pigmentation and a more balanced complexion. It offers a targeted approach to correct hypopigmentation concerns, helping to restore a more uniform and harmonious appearance to the skin.

Melasma

Melasma is a condition that causes ‘mask-like’ pigmentation to appear on the upper lip, bridge of the nose, and forehead. Melasma can be caused by hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy, birth control, or medication.

It can also be caused or aggravated by sun exposure. With Fractional Laser, microcolumns of targeted laser energy penetrate deep into the lower layer of the skin, stimulating the production of elastin and collagen to produce fresh, new skin cells that diminish melasma. Read more about melasma here.

Surgical & Trauma Scarring

Fractional laser treatment is an effective method for addressing surgical scars. By utilizing 

Targeted laser energy penetrates the skin and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to remodel the scar tissue, reducing its appearance and promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

Over a series of treatments, fractional laser can significantly improve the texture, colour, and overall visibility of surgical scars, allowing for smoother and more even-looking skin. It provides a non-invasive and efficient solution for minimizing the appearance of surgical scars and achieving a more confident and rejuvenated appearance.

Surgical Scarring: Diminish scars caused by surgery.

Traumatic Scarring: Visibly reduce scars that were caused by wounds or any trauma to the skin.

Eyes (Periorbital)

By delivering concentrated beams of light to the delicate area around the eyes, the treatment penetrates the epidermis layer, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers.

This process promotes the generation of new, healthy skin cells, resulting in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. The precise and targeted nature of fractional laser treatment ensures optimal rejuvenation while minimizing potential risks or damage to the surrounding skin.

The outcome is a revitalized appearance with smoother, more youthful-looking skin around the eyes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for a fractional laser resurfacing treatment?

The majority of our skin care guests are excellent candidates for fractional laser.  Your complimentary consultation with an expert laser technician to discuss your health history and specific goals will help ensure that this treatment is right for you.  We use a Skintel™ melanin reader before every laser treatment to determine the perfect amount of laser energy to use for your skin tone. 

How many fractional laser resurfacing treatments do I need?

Depending on the condition (scars/wrinkles/melasma/etc.) that you are treating, you will likely begin with 3-5 treatments before assessing the results to see if you want to further diminish/remove it.  The exact number will vary based on individual skin conditions and your desired outcomes.

Each treatment is spaced approximately 1 month apart to allow your triggered skin cycle to complete and produce smoother, less marked skin. With every treatment and skin cycle, you will see the condition you are treating further fade until you have reached your desired outcome. 

What is a Skin Cycle?

A monthly skin cycle is the natural process of skin cell turnover and renewal. Our skin constantly undergoes a cycle of cell growth, collagen production, maturation, and shedding. Fractional laser treatments trigger a new skin cycle with increased collagen and elastin production. After each Laser-triggered skin cycle, your skin shows further improvement. Results become increasingly noticeable after each treatment in a planned span of time. 

Thanks to the stimulation of your body’s natural skin cycles, you can keep improving your results until you reach your desired outcome. 

By undergoing a series of treatments spaced apart over a period of time, we can harness the cumulative effects of laser, allowing for continuous improvement in skin texture and pigment. This approach ensures that the skin is consistently stimulated and rejuvenated throughout its natural cycle, leading to more noticeable and transformative outcomes over time. 

This transformative effect commences during each treatment and continues to unfold in the days, weeks, and months that follow as your stimulated cells undergo rejuvenation. Based on your desired outcomes, your laser technician will meticulously tailor a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs.

How long does a fractional laser resurfacing treatment take?

A single fractional laser resurfacing session can range from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the treatment area and specific procedure being used.

Are fractional laser resurfacing results permanent?

This depends on what the condition you are treating is. For example, when it comes to wrinkles, fractional laser produces long-lasting results, but they aren’t necessarily permanent. Skin naturally ages over time, and maintenance treatments might be required to preserve the outcomes. Using high-SPF sunscreen and following a good skincare routine dramatically extends the results.

Is fractional laser resurfacing safe? What are the side effects?

Fractional laser treatments are safe when performed by trained professionals such as our expert Total Wrapture laser technicians. Immediate side effects could include any of the following: temporary redness, swelling, and a sunburn-like sensation, which typically subside within a few hours or days, depending on the strength of laser energy used to treat your specific condition. 

How do I prepare for my Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment?

Preparation includes avoiding direct sun exposure or tanning beds for several weeks prior, discontinuing specific medications or supplements that can increase sensitivity or affect healing, and not using skincare products with ingredients such as retinoids, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, vitamin C, or alpha hydroxy acids a few days before treatment. Always consult with your laser technician for personalized pre-treatment guidelines.

What is the downtime after a fractional laser resurfacing treatment?

After treatment, you may experience redness and a sensation resembling a sunburn which typically subsides within a few days. Depending on the intensity of the treatment and your unique healing processes, full recovery from this redness can range from a couple of days to a week.

Other than the need to shield your skin from the sun, there is no ‘downtime’ in the sense of need to take time off work or other daily activities, but you may not want to schedule social events or photos for one week after your treatment.

Is a fractional laser resurfacing treatment painful?

You may feel a warm or prickling sensation like the touch of a spark from a celebration sparkler. The experience varies from person to person and is based on the specific treatment settings for your unique skin condition. Our built-in cooling system ensures that any mild discomfort quickly disappears as your skin is constantly being cooled.

You will be pleasantly surprised to see how soon the treatment is done, and there is no sensation comparable to the one you will feel when admiring your beautifully rejuvenated skin once you conclude your treatment series. 

What post-treatment care is required for fractional laser?

Keeping the skin moisturized, avoiding sun exposure, and using a high SPF sunscreen are essential. Your dedicated laser technician may also recommend specific skincare products to enhance healing and results for your unique skin and lifestyle.

When will I see the results from a fractional laser resurfacing treatment ?

Some improvements can be seen within a week after treatment. However, as the skin undergoes collagen remodelling during the triggered skin cycle, optimal results are usually noticeable after a few weeks.

Depending on the condition (scars/wrinkles/melasma/etc.) that you are treating, you will likely begin with 3-5 treatments before assessing the results to see if you want to further diminish/remove it.  The exact number will vary based on individual skin conditions and your desired outcomes.

Each treatment is spaced approximately 1 month apart to allow your triggered skin cycle to complete and produce smoother, less marked skin. With every treatment and skin cycle, you will see the condition you are treating further fade until you have reached your desired outcome. 

What is a Skin Cycle?

A monthly skin cycle is the natural process of skin cell turnover and renewal. Our skin constantly undergoes a cycle of cell growth, collagen production, maturation, and shedding. Fractional laser treatments trigger a new skin cycle with increased collagen and elastin production. After each Laser-triggered skin cycle, your skin shows further improvement. Results become increasingly noticeable after each treatment in a planned span of time. 

Thanks to the stimulation of your body’s natural skin cycles, you can keep improving your results until you reach your desired outcome. 

By undergoing a series of treatments spaced apart over a period of time, we can harness the cumulative effects of laser, allowing for continuous improvement in skin texture and pigment. This approach ensures that the skin is consistently stimulated and rejuvenated throughout its natural cycle, leading to more noticeable and transformative outcomes over time. 

This transformative effect commences during each treatment and continues to unfold in the days, weeks, and months that follow as your stimulated cells undergo rejuvenation. Based on your desired outcomes, your laser technician will meticulously tailor a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs.

 

Can fractional laser resurfacing treatments be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Fractional laser resurfacing is often combined with contouring and tightening RF (radiofrequency) and photofacials for a non-surgical facelift.

When moderate signs of aging become more prominent, this potent blend of treatments lifts and smoothes your face and facial contour. 

Here’s How the Treatment Blend Works:

1 – The ThreeForMe procedure combines Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial and fractional laser treatments to stimulate skin cell turnover. The IPL Photofacial addresses skin discoloration, sun damage, age spots, and broken capillaries, while the fractional laser treatment targets wrinkles, scars, and skin texture irregularities. 

Tone & Texture Change:

Tone: First, an IPL photofacial emits broad-spectrum light pulses that target melanin and hemoglobin in the skin. This process helps reduce skin discoloration, diminishes the appearance of sun damage, clears blemishes, and addresses redness, resulting in a more even skin tone and a rejuvenated complexion. Depending on your unique skin, your laser technician may recommend performing this step with a PicoSure Pigmentation laser.

Texture: Next, fractional laser works by delivering precise microbeams of laser energy to the skin, creating microscopic treatment zones. This stimulates the body’s natural healing response, promoting collagen production, and leading to improved skin texture and a reduction in wrinkles.

2 – Next, TempSure RF for the full face and neck addresses skin tightening and firmness under your jawline as well as on your face and neck to sculpt and tone. How it works:

Firmness: This cutting-edge radiofrequency procedure harnesses the power of focused heat, penetrating multiple layers of your skin, to trigger your body’s natural capacity to generate collagen. The resulting collagen fibres are firm, robust, and infused with a renewed vitality at the cellular level. As a result, the skin regains tightness, and your facial contour, including the area along the lower jawline and below the cheeks are visibly sculpted, creating a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

For moderate signs of aging, we recommend starting with 5 combined treatments (ThreeForMe + TempSure RF) about once a month. Think of it as your monthly skin gym!

What can I add to my routine to support my non-surgical facelift?

Facials

Receiving a monthly facial and incorporating pharmaceutical-grade skincare products into your daily routine significantly complement the rejuvenating effects of non-surgical facelift treatments for moderate and advanced signs of aging. 

Regular facials, aligned with the natural skin cell cycle, provide deep cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration, promoting proper absorption of moisturizing skincare and helping preserve the skin’s barrier function to minimize wrinkle formation. 

Alternate your monthly facial with an advanced treatment! Push in hyaluronic acid deep into your skin’s layers with a Beauty Booster.

Skincare Products

Integrating high-quality, active ingredient-based pharmaceutical-grade skincare products into your regimen enhances the benefits of RF and laser treatments by stimulating collagen production, enhancing moisture levels, reducing inflammation, and accelerating skin healing, resulting in improved skin rejuvenation and long-lasting outcomes.

Can I combine a fractional laser resurfacing treatment with Botox and fillers?

Yes, laser and RF skin rejuvenation and injectable treatments like Botox and fillers can be combined effectively for enhanced skin rejuvenation. 

While Botox and fillers primarily target specific, dynamic wrinkles and volume loss by relaxing muscles and adding volume, energy-based treatments, such as RF and laser resurfacing, work differently to address skin concerns. They stimulate collagen production, improve skin texture, and target issues like pigmentation, uneven tone, skin laxity, dark circles, and overall fine lines and wrinkles. 

Our specialization lies in non-invasive treatments (we do not offer injectables), but our expert laser technicians have in-depth knowledge about non-surgical facelifts for skin that also receives injectable treatments.

We recommend that you receive your laser treatments before your next injectable appointment. If you have recently received an injectable treatment, we recommend that you wait 4 weeks before your laser treatment.

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