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Fractora FAQs

Wrinkle Reduction Without Surgery





John Q. Cook, M.D.

Chicago 312-751-2112
Winnetka 847-446-7562

Common Questions About Fractora™

What are the benefits of Fractora™?

Patients experience a significant reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Other benefits include improved skin tone and a reduction of vessels. With the new 3000 micron hand-piece we are also impressed with the reduction in scarring from acne.

Is more than one treatment necessary?

Most patients opt for a sequence of three treatments at moderate energy separated by 4 to 5 weeks.

What are the benefits of Fractora™ compared to other options for skin resurfacing?

Fractora in our opinion, provides the best ratio of power of results to recovery period and potential for adverse effects. In other words, the ratio of upside to downside is the best of the currently available technologies.

How will I look after the treatment?

For the first 24 to 48 hours the skin will be red and irritated, and small black dots will be visible. During this time you will frequently apply a moisturizer. Within 2 to 3 days most patients can apply a mineral based makeup and participate in their usual light activities.

When will I see a benefit from the treatment?

Most patients see an improvement in the quality of the skin as soon as the initial redness and swelling subside. The full effect takes about 6 months, due to the continuous production of collagen.

If I have a tan can I undergo the procedure?

It is best if you are not actively tanning with this procedure.

Is any skin preparation necessary?

If you have an intermediate level of pigmentation we will start you on a pretreatment regimen several weeks before you have the procedure.

Is this procedure available for all skin types?

With the present technology it is best to avoid treatment in patients with relatively dark complexions, such as people of African, East Asian, and southern Mediterranean ancestry. Our trained team will evaluate your individual skin type and let you know if the procedure is right for you. Fortunately, we have a number of other possible treatments for you if Fractora is not the best answer.

How do you keep me comfortable during the treatment?

We have a range of options that depend on the power settings for your therapy and your relative sensitivity to pain. Many patients do well with the application of an anesthetic cream 45 minutes before therapy. For people who are more sensitive to pain, this can be supplemented with nerve blocks, and oral medications. Patients who have experienced other methods of skin resurfacing typically remark that Fractora is significantly less painful and has a much easier recovery.

Can Fractora™ be combined with other treatments?

Fractora™ is often combined with Forma™, a non-invasive skin tightening technology that can improve the tone of the cheeks, jaw border, and neck. Many of our patients combine Forma with facial fillers, relaxants such as Botox®, fat transfer, and facial rejuvenation surgery. Our team can design a customized plan that meets your individual needs.