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How Does the Fotona Laser Work?

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Fotona laser is a non-invasive treatment that uses light to treat various dermatological conditions and promote skin tightening, skin resurfacing, laser hair removal and more. It’s become a popular treatment option for people seeking to improve their skin’s appearance to look more youthful and refreshed. 

What Is Fotona Laser?

Imagine a device that effortlessly combines precision and safety to improve the appearance of skin. That’s the Fotona laser, a non-invasive, cutting-edge solution designed to treat signs of aging on the face, neck, chest and body. It addresses concerns and skin imperfections, such as:

  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Sun damage & age spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Discolouration
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Hair removal

How Does Fotona Laser Work?

Fotona laser technology combines two laser wavelengths, providing a wide range of aesthetic treatments. The laser can work on the deeper and superficial layers of the skin without affecting the surrounding areas. The laser emits controlled pulses of light through the skin’s surface, targeting the affected area to trigger a precise reaction. 

When used to stimulate collagen and elastin production, which helps repair and rejuvenate the skin, the Fotona laser leaves the surrounding skin untouched. Fotona laser also helps with skin resurfacing. It allows the resurfacing of the top layers of the skin to reveal the healthier, untouched layers beneath.

Fotona Laser for Hair Removal

Fotona laser is also safe on all skin types to remove unwanted hair. The light emitted by the laser gets absorbed by the hair’s pigment or melanin, and when the light converts to heat, it damages the hair follicle, killing the root. Once damaged, it delays and even stops hair regrowth. The Fotona laser procedure for hair removal is more comfortable than other systems as it gradually kills the root and is more effective on lighter hairs. 

You may need 6 to 8 treatments for hair removal to get the desired results, with a recommended 4 to 12 weeks between sessions. Treatment time can range from 15 minutes to 2 hours based on area size. While results can vary, most people see a 90% reduction in hair growth. 

Before treatment, instructions can include the following:

  • Don’t pluck or wax for 4 weeks 
  • Avoid tanning, fake tanning, and sun exposure 2 weeks before
  • Shave the day before
  • Avoid blood-thinning medications like aspirin the day of treatment

After treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling, but nothing an ice pack can’t soothe. 

What to Expect with Fotona Laser?

Fotona laser treatments can be customized depending on the depth. Before treatment, a topical or local anesthetic numbs the area of concern. Based on the location, size, and scale, treatment session time can vary from 15 minutes to several hours.

The side effects of the Fotona laser are minimal and temporary. After treatment, you can experience tenderness, swelling and possibly hot skin. Redness in the treatment area can last anywhere from 1 to 5 days. 

Healing time can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days. Deep scars, for example, may take closer to 10 days. Side effects are minimal, but peeling and reddish-pink skin is normal and should gradually subside. 

Fotona laser treatments can offer smoother skin, reduced wrinkles, and a more youthful complexion. Fotona laser not only helps by improving the skin’s appearance but also increases confidence in the skin you’re in.

Everyone will respond differently to the treatment. The number of treatments you need can depend on your desired results and often requires waiting 2 to 3 weeks between treatments. 

Fotona Laser Aftercare

While the Fotona laser is gentle, safe, and effective, a little TLC goes a long way. After treatment, an occlusive ointment is applied to the area to keep it protected and hydrated. Care instructions to follow during your recovery can include:

  • Keeping your skin clean
  • Avoiding sun exposure 
  • Using sunscreen
  • Moisturizing regularly
  • Follow any other instructions from your laser technician

Following the recommended skincare routine ensures that the results of the Fotona laser endure and your skin continues to radiate its newfound vitality.

Benefits of Fotona Laser

Here are several benefits of the Fotona laser:

  • There’s minimal discomfort
  • Compared to invasive skin procedures, Fotona is non-invasive
  • There is no downtime
  • Effectively reduces signs of aging
  • It stimulates the body’s natural collagen production
  • Used for skin resurfacing
  • Used for skin tightening
  • Protects the skin’s outer layer
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Natural-Looking Skin with Fotona Laser

Fotona laser has become a game-changer in the aesthetic industry, providing safe, effective, and non-invasive treatments for skin tightening, skin resurfacing, and hair removal. Fotona laser can treat many skin concerns with its dual-wavelength technology and advanced treatment options.Whatever your skin and hair concerns, Fotona laser can provide a treatment option tailored to your needs. Book an appointment with Zulu Medical Cosmetics in Calgary to discuss a treatment plan.


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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