ProFractional Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

Considering laser skin resurfacing in San Diego? The following patient Q&A will help you learn if ProFractional is right for you—and why it’s one of our favorite lasers for total skin rejuvenation.

Q: How does the ProFractional work?

A: ProFractional uses laser energy to create thousands of microscopic channels in the skin which are surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. The zones of untreated skin stimulate your body’s natural healing process, and the treated areas stimulate the production of new collagen, plumping up your skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars, and other irregularities.

Below, La Jolla Director of Aesthetic Services Lauren Amico-Reed, PA-C, talks about the Sciton laser platform, which includes the ProFractional Laser as well as BBL.


Q: Who should consider ProFractional?

A: The ideal patient for ProFractional treatment is one who desires noticeable skin rejuvenation with little downtime. ProFractional is safe and effective for most skin types. Results are long-lasting and patients experience sequential improvement with each treatment.

Q: What areas of the body can get ProFractional treatment?

A: Profractional is a wonderful treatment for facial rejuvenation. The neck and chest are other commonly treated areas.

Q: What should I do before treatment?

A: We strongly recommend starting a pre-conditioning skin care program two weeks before undergoing the ProFractional laser treatment. This includes applications of SkinMedica Retinol and Lytera (skin lightener). We will tell you all you need to know at your initial consultation.

Q: How long does the treatment take?

A: ProFractional is a fast, safe, minimally uncomfortable treatment that takes approximately 40-60 minutes to perform, depending on the area. Numbing cream is applied 60 minutes prior to the procedure to enhance your comfort.

Enjoy pain-free laser resurfacing with add-on option PRO-NOX™

Every patient deserves a comfortable experience, so we now offer an add-on option to use PRO-NOX™ during laser treatments and other medical spa services at LJCSC.

What is PRO-NOX™?

PRO-NOX™ is a self-administered nitrous oxide (laughing gas) system that allows you to be in full control of your comfort. If at any point you feel you need something to take the edge off, simply breathe through the PRO-NOX™ mouthpiece for instant relief from pain and anxiety.

Unlike oral pain medication, PRO-NOX™ takes effect in seconds, but these effects wear off minutes after your treatment, leaving no trace of the chemical in your body. You can safely drive and return to your normal routine without worrying about side effects.

Ask us about adding PRO-NOX™ to your treatment at your consultation, or contact us for more information!

Q: How soon will I see results?

A: You should notice results after just one treatment with continued improvement over time. On average, our patients need four to six treatments to get the best results. You may also combine ProFractional with a MicroLaser Peel or other popular aesthetic procedures such as a chemical peel to further enhance your results.

Q: How often will I need treatment?

A: ProFractional results are predictable and very long-lasting. Initially, you should plan on completing a series of 2-5 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart.

Q: What should I expect after treatment?

A: Initially, you may experience some pinpoint bleeding and 2-4 days of redness and swelling with this procedure, depending on the depth of treatment. Most patients can get back to work and apply make-up within 1-2 days after the treatment.

Q: What special aftercare treatment will I need?

A: We will provide you with a list of post-treatment care instructions, which may include skin care products (we will tell you how to use them). Your skin will be more sensitive to UV light after the procedure, so it is very important to wear sunscreen and protect the treated areas from sun exposure.