What is Photofractional?

Photofractional is a combination treatment that improves the overall appearance and quality of your skin. The combination of IPL and ResurFX makes it possible to treat hyperpigmentation and sweep away visible veins while simultaneously triggering the body’s natural healing processes to tighten your skin for a firmer, more supple, youthful quality.

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How does Photofractional work?

IPL uses light to target skin tone issues such as hyperpigmentation, sun damage, birthmarks and age spots. The light energy is converted into heat in your skin, destroying unwanted pigment. ResurFX is a non-ablative laser treatment, which means that it heats the deeper layers of your skin without damaging the surface. By stimulating elastin fibers and triggering natural collagen production, ResurFX uses the body’s natural healing capacity to tighten and rejuvenate your skin, so you look refreshed, glowing and radiant.

How is Photofractional different than IPL and ResurFX?

Photofractional is an exciting advance in skin rejuvenation, treating a wide range of skin flaws in a single treatment. Rather than undergoing two separate treatments to resolve skin problems such as visible veins, uneven texture, aging skin, uneven skin tone, or looser, aging skin, only a single treatment is needed – with results you will see and feel. It’s a beautiful thing.

Am I a candidate for Photofractional?

Photofractional is a non-invasive treatment that addresses a wide range of skin concerns without requiring any downtime. While a Photofractional treatment is very low-risk, Dr. Ataii will not recommend Photofractional if you have any inflammatory skin conditions, active viruses, infections or skin cancer.

Be sure to discuss with Dr. Ataii any health issues you may have. We are dedicated to patient safety and health in all that we do. Photofractional can treat multiple skin issues and complaints, such as :

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Spider veins
  • Sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Scarring, including acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Early signs of aging
  • Stretch marks
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Your initial consultation

In your first privats consultation, Dr. Ataii will ask you questions about what you want to achieve with your treatments and discuss your aesthetic goals. This will enable him to recommend the best treatment plan for you. A highly skilled and experienced skincare specialist, Dr. Ataii has personally selected all of our advanced skincare treatments at Laser Cliniqúe and will provide you with expert guidance. Once he understands your concerns, Dr. Ataii will customize your Photofractional treatment to target the areas you want to improve.

What is a Photofractional treatment like to experience?

Dr. Ataii will usually use a topical anesthetic to numb the area to be addressed. During your treatment, you may experience a slight prickling or burning sensation, but the procedure should not be painful or uncomfortable. One session typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes, and you should be able to return to work or any other daily activities immediately. Depending on the settings used for your treatment, you may experience some swelling or redness. Any swelling will usually subside after a few hours, and redness will resolve in a few days.

What should I expect after a treatment session?

You may have already started to notice improvements in skin tone and pigmentation after your first session. Initially, age spots and sun spots will darken. This effect is nothing to be worried about, as it indicates that your Photofractional treatment is working. These spots will then move to the skin’s surface and fall away as your skin renews, and fresh, healthy cells move to the surface. Most people notice visible improvements in the texture of their skin by their third session. Fine lines and wrinkles soften, your skin tone becomes more even, and your complexion appears fresher and more radiant.

How many sessions will I need?

Treatment settings are customized to suit your skin type and your goals, and the number of sessions needed will vary from person to person. Most people need between three and five sessions to achieve the best results, with treatments every two to six weeks.

Even after your final Photofractional session, your skin will continue to improve, as your skin regenerates from within. The effects of your treatments can last for up to two years. Taking good care of your skin and avoiding excessive sun exposure will help maximize your results.

Why should I choose Laser Cliniqúe?

Laser Cliniqúe and Dr. P. Alexander Ataii are well-known for being among the very best in skincare and treatment. Dr. Ataii, founder and Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe, has over ten years of experience in his field and has performed over 100,000 cosmetic procedures, ranging from BOTOX to acne treatments to laser resurfacing. No matter what skin condition you want to resolve, Dr. Ataii can advise you and guide you to the best treatment for you. If you have any questions or would like more information, we look forward to meeting with you! We think you will find our clinic, our staff, and our results simply – extraordinary!

How much does Photofractional Laser treatment cost?

This incredible laser treatment is used to prevent and reduce signs of damage and aging. It combines M22 IPL with Resurfx to deliver non-ablative fractionated laser energy that revitalizes the skin with only 1-2 days of downtime.


$1,250 per treatment

Medical Director & Founder Dr. P. Alexander Ataii

P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic. 

  • Injects 140,000 units of Botox per year
  • Treated over 35,000 patients in career
  • Delivered over 25,000 dermal fillers and volumizing treatments
  • Top 250 of 45,000 Allergan providers nationwide
  • Patients Choice Award 2007 - 2023
  • America's Most Honored Professional Top 1% 2016 - 2019
  • Most Honored Doctor 2020 -2023
  • Top 10 Doctors San Diego
  • Most Compassionate Doctors Award 2010 - 2020
  • Diamond Crystal Award as the Top Aesthetic Doctor by Aesthetic Everything
  • Most 5 Star Reviews of any Provider in California

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