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Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Laser harnesses the property of the laser to treat the top layer of skin to reduce any surface irregularities.

What is fraxel laser?

Fraxel laser is a great treatment to have annually to keep the skin clear and rejuvenated for all. But what is 3D Fraxel? A laser beam can hit the skin in many ways. If it is a full circle, it is called a full ablative laser. However if a grid is put in front of this circle the beam comes out as a grid on the skin. This means that within that grid the areas of skin treated are surrounded by untreated unwounded skin. This is called a fractionated beam aka Fraxel laser. Research has shown a fraxel laser gives the same results as an ablative laser but without the downtime.

A 3D treatment means we work on the outside of the skin, a 4D treatment is when we also treat intraorally along the inside of the cheeks. This way we can get tightening from the inside too.

What does fraxel laser treat?

Fraxel laser is mainly used to treat surface skin irregularities such as lines, pigmentation, scarring, deep wrinkles, sun damage and uneven textures to name a few. The treatment has also been shown to stimulate collagen and give some skin tightening and plumping, however its main indication is the surface irregularities. Depending on the severity, the laser is adjusted to treat the concern. Typically the worse the concern, the deeper the laser treatment required.  However, superficial treatments can be used but more treatments may be required.

Fraxel laser benefits

The great thing about laser is that we can adjust its strength and depth and we can also adjust whether we use a full ablation or fractional ablation or do a 3D or 4D treatment. This means we can individualise the treatment to your concern and downtime required.

How is fraxel treatment performed?

We can perform superficial treatments so they are as mild as a skin peel or microdermabrasion, a moderate treatment which would have more downtime than our SkinPen or a Deep treatment which causes significant skin ablation and a significant downtime of 1-2 weeks.

On booking, the procedure will always be discussed with you first, before commencement, to tailor a treatment to your needs and ensure you are aware of the downtime that will occur. A Deep Fraxel treatment requires a separate cosmetic consultation first to discuss the treatment, and a strict pre and post treatment aftercare protocol must be followed with daily visits to the clinic during the first week following the treatment.

At the beginning of your treatment the skin being treated will be cleaned. For deeper treatments a local anesthetic cream will be applied to the skin surface for up to 40 minutes. You will then be given some eye protection in the form of laser eye stickers. The laser will then be used to treat the areas of concern. The laser uses a cooling system to reduce discomfort during some steps.

Fraxel laser downtime

For Superficial treatments:

After the treatment the area treated may feel warm and look red for up to 2 days. There may be some mild swelling for 2-3 days and some mild flaking from days 2-7. You will be asked to follow aftercare instructions.

Deeper treatments: 

This is a big procedure requiring planning as downtime is significant. After the treatment your skin will look very red and darker than normal. As the day progresses the skin will continue to feel very warm. Over the next 2-3 days the area will swell and the skin will feel tender and start to tighten. From day 3 the skin may start to crack or peel and the peeling may continue until day 7-10. You will be asked to follow aftercare instructions that include regular checkups at the clinic over the first 1-2 weeks.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments required varies on the severity of initial concern, the depth of the treatment you have and your expectations / end goal. For those that have a deeper treatment, one session may suffice. For superficial treatments you may require 3 to 5 treatments to reach your end goal. 

However, you must remember ageing is a continuum so maintenance treatments may be required to maintain ongoing results. Often this can be a different procedure or a milder treatment. Fraxel laser is a great treatment to have annually to keep the skin clear and rejuvenated for all.

Fraxel Laser FAQ

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

Fraxel is generally good for anyone with surface skin irregularities. Anyone with sun damage on the skin, wrinkles, fine to severe lines, and discoloration. It can be a great option for acne scarring, open pores and uneven textures. Not everyone needs a deep downtime. In fact the deeper the treatment the higher the risk of post procedure scarring and pigmentation, therefore deeper treatments are only required for those with more severe concerns and a thicker skin texture.

What preparation do I need before having this treatment?

Please follow the pretreatment information given to you to prepare your skin.

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams, perfumes, powders and no makeup on.

Please ensure you have not had any active tanning in the last 2 weeks.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect your skin.

Ensure all spray tan is removed from the skin.

If you have a risk of cold cores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure.

Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure.

Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.

Do not have any other facial laser, IPL or RF treatments on the skin for 2 weeks before your treatment.

If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

Please stop any prescription retinols (Vitamin A) treatments 1 week before the treatment.

How long does the procedure take?

The entire procedure will take 30-40minutes. It will take an extra 40 minutes if a topical anesthetic cream is applied before the procedure.

Does fraxel laser hurt?

The discomfort varies with the depth of the treatment being performed. Most are very comfortable but can feel the laser heat. To reduce this we use a cooling system or a topical anesthetic cream is applied before the procedure for deeper treatments.

What aftercare is required?

Aftercare is extremely important after a resurfacing procedure.

You will be given specific aftercare instructions and a skincare routine that must be followed.

How long does the result last and when should it be repeated?

The best results are seen 3-6 months later on the skin with results ongoing for 12 months. We recommend a resurfacing or collagen-stimulating treatment at least annually to maintain results.

What if I am not happy with the results?

The main thing about this treatment is to not expect instant results. Results are best at 3-6 months down the line. You may also need further treatments to reach your desired end point and maintenance treatments to keep the results.

What treatments work well with this to ensure I look natural?

To achieve and maintain optimal results, the right skincare is essential with a Fraxel laser treatment. It is also worth remembering this treatment only works on the surface layer of skin. You may require more treatments to stimulate the collagen to keep tightened, plump skin or treatments such as dermal fillers to maintain a youthful facial shape and to support the skin or anti-wrinkle injections to prevent facial lines.

Are there any side effects?

The side effects vary depending on the depth of the treatment you have.

Common side effects include:

Peeling

Swelling

Redness

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