- Safe and effective
- No medication
- Controlled, accurate and precise
- Improves skin texture and tone
- Suitable for larger and smaller areas
- Fast and gentle
Fotona Abdominal Rejuvenation
Skin tightening and scar revision with lasers has come a long way. Much can be done with a broad array of techniques and technologies. Skin laxity on the abdomen, however, is often in a league of its own. When it comes to scar revision, stretch marks are the most challenging. Sadly, sometimes little can be done.
This can be heartbreaking for many women who would like to wear a two-piece suit with confidence.
If the skin on your abdomen is flaccid, wrinkled or scarred with stretch marks, I have exciting news. A new laser treatment has been introduced that can effectively tighten skin and improve stretch marks at the same time.
To explain why this treatment is a breakthrough, I’ll have to talk a bit of laser physics. I’ll try to explain this in laymen’s terms.
How does it work?
There are many classifications of lasers and each delivers energy at different depths and speeds. They can deliver the energy either ablatively or non-ablatively. Ablative treatments cut; non-ablative treatments do not. A laser known as an Erbium Yag is usually used cosmetically to cause ablation to the skin. Essentially, it pokes microscopic holes into the skin which causes the skin to slough layers for a smoothing effect. Injury is the goal because it triggers a healing response which causes the body to produce collagen and tighten skin. Non-ablative treatments injure non-invasively but with reduced efficacy. Are you following me? This will make sense shortly.
Until now, Erbium Yags could only deliver energy in microseconds. Thus, they could only deliver ablative treatments. Now, there is a new Erbium Yag laser that has been introduced to the North American market. This European laser, known as Fotona, has the ability to deliver energy in pulses that are so slow the treatment becomes non-ablative.It no longer cuts but still has the power and versatility of an Erbium Yag! Fotona’s Super Long Pulse Smooth Mode delivers the energy over a period of 2.5 seconds. This is the breakthrough that allows us to achieve outcomes that previously were not possible.
This 3-Step treatment targets three depths within the skin.
Step 1: We begin with four passes over the area of skin laxity using Fotona’s Smooth Mode to deliver a controlled thermal injury deeply into the skin. This non-invasive treatment triggers a healing response and induces collagen remodeling and tightening from the inside out.
Step 2: Next we target the stretch marks themselves by delivering deep fractionated columns into the dermal layer of skin. We use the laser to run along the entire length of each stretch mark.
Step 3: Lastly, we treat the skin superficially across the entire area covered by laxity and scarring to even out textural irregularities and smooth the skin.
What does it feel like?
The tightening portion of the treatment feels like a sensation of mild heat. The stretch mark reduction treatment stings slightly. Numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to assure your comfort. After the treatment the skin will feel like you have a sunburn for a day or two.
What to expect
Skinpossible offers treatments for abdominal skin tightening and stretch mark reduction independently or in combination. In most case a series of six treatments will be required. Treatmentw will be repeated 1-2 weeks apart for skin tightening only and 2-4 weeks apart for stretch marks. For a few days post-treatment the skin will feel crusty and an exfoliation will occur that might seem a bit like dandruff. Collagen remodeling takes time so results will appear gradually with the full benefit evident three months after the last treatment is completed.
Are there any risks?
There is a risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This potential risk will usually be temporary and resolve on it’s own in 8 to 10 months. This possible complication could become permanent if the treatment area is exposed to sunlight too soon after the treatment. We strongly encourage the use of medical-grade SPF protection if you plan to expose the treatment area to the sun for the first two months post-treatment.