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02-21-17 | Posted by


Chelsea Handler generated quite a lot of buzz on Instagram.

This beloved comedienne, talk show host and author isn’t known to shy away from controversial subjects on her Netflix series ‘Chelsea Does,’ and is pretty vocal in the era of Trump.

She doesn’t have a filter on her chat fest and didn’t use one on Instagram either. Handler, 41, posted her before-and-after images of her face following a single treatment with Sciton’s ProFractional Skin Laser. This got picked up in major media outlets too, including PEOPLE.

And in a word, WOW! Even more impressive, no-one paid this influencer to post the shots which she clearly states up front. “Before and after. #profractional laser. Its f**king awesome and no one is paying me to tell you about it. Bam!,” she wrote on her Insta.

Bam! is right, says Mark Schwartz, MD, a New York City plastic surgeon.

ProFractional stimulates the development of new collagen through a controlled wound healing process. Collagen is the skin’s main structural protein and responsible for those supple and elastic properties most associated with youth.

Credit: Dr Mark Schwartz

The laser creates thousands of tiny channels in the skin, which are surrounded by healthy, untreated skin. The untreated skin kick starts a natural healing, plumping up the skin from the inside out.

“We recommend ProFractional as a treatment for wrinkles and fine lines, scars, age and sun spots, freckles, signs of aging, and sun damage,” he says. “We often treat the face and neck, though many people also treat the chest and hands as well. These are the areas that tend to show the most signs of aging.”

Most people will need a series of treatments for optimal results, but some – like Handler — notice significant brightening and tightening after just one treatment, he says. “The true benefit of ProFractional is the collagen remodeling that occurs during the four to six months following your treatment,” he says.

Profractional goes deeper than the Fraxel laser, which means there is some downtime as evidenced on Chelsea’s right-after photo. “I tell my patients it takes about two to three days while you heal,” he says. Skin may appear red and sunburned for a few days, after which the mild peeling begins but the end result is well worth the effort.

“Most patients return to wearing makeup and back to work in a few days following the treatment, which is very manageable,” says Dr. Schwartz. Handler did it on a Thursday and was back filming on Monday.

To find a ProFractional laser specialist near you, visit SCITON