Fraxel laser systems use fractional-resurfacing technology, in which only a fraction of an area of skin receives laser light, to significantly improve acne scar, skin texture and uneven skin tone. The energy from Fraxel laser systems stimulates skin’s collagen, and rejuvenates skin cells below the skin’s surface, helping to smooth out the creases that cause wrinkling and scarring.
Fraxel laser treatment is used for:
Improving skin’s texture and tone
Shrinking the size of pores
Erasing age spots/brown spots
Smoothing wrinkles around the eyes
Smoothing acne scars
Rejuvenating skin on the neck, chest and hands
How does Fraxel technology work?
Fraxel laser treatment uses fractional resurfacing, in which the laser treats only a small fraction of skin at a given time. The laser light reaches the innermost layers of skin, and stimulates collagen growth while leaving surrounding skin unaffected. The healthy cells in the untreated areas promote rapid healing of the entire area, resulting in faster recovery time and minimal side effects.
How is Fraxel laser treatment performed?
Fraxel laser treatment should be performed by doctor, and requires only a topical anaesthetic cream. The laser handpiece is moved over the targeted area, destroying damaged skin cells, and promoting the growth of new, healthy ones. Even when treating a large area of skin, such as the entire face, treatment usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
Which version of Fraxel laser are we using?
Our skin centre uses Fraxel® Re:store Dual. This is the latest dual-band, non-invasive and safe fractional laser technology. Its 1550nm band has the ability to specifically improve sunken acne scars, restore smooth skin, shrink pores, refine skin, even out skin tone, and smooth wrinkles, while the 1927nm band can improve shallow dark spots (freckles, sunburn, age spots) which makes skin tone become more even.
What are the side effects of Fraxel laser treatment?
Skin may feel as if it is mildly sunburned for about an hour after treatment. After that, discomfort should be minimal. Any mild swelling should subside within 2 to 3 days, and pink-looking skin, which indicates that the skin has been deeply treated, usually fades in 5 to 7 days. There will also be scabs which will falls off in around 7 days. There is limited, if any, risk of infection or scarring.
New epidermal skin develops within 24 hours. It may have a bronze tinge for a few days to 2 weeks, and will likely flake and exfoliate as the old skin sloughs off and new skin takes its place. The new skin is highly sensitive, so direct sun exposure should be avoided for at least 2 weeks, and a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF should be applied daily.
Is Fraxel Painful?
Some patients find the Fraxel treatment to be slightly uncomfortable. We’ll apply a numbing cream before your treatment. Our Fraxel Dual Platform uses cold air flow to cool the skin and increase comfort during treatment.
Is there any downtime after Fraxel laser treatment?
Downtime varies depending on how aggressive your treatment is, but we’ll give you a better idea of what to expect during your consultation and pre-operative appointments. Performing routine activities, and shaving or applying makeup, can be resumed the next day.
How long does it take to see results from Fraxel laser treatment?
Results are both immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement is usually visible in 2 to 3 months after the whole course of treatment, but the skin can continue to improve for up to a year. Laser treatment can improve skin quality and other skin problems.
How many Fraxel laser treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments required varies from patient to patient. It is usually recommended to have 6 treatment sessions, spaced 4 weeks apart, to achieve the optimal result. Each session targets a certain percentage of the skin’s surface. By the end of treatment, the entire target area will have been covered.
I Have a Big Event Coming Up. How Early Should I Schedule My Fraxel Treatment?
Fraxel results are impressive, but it can take time to get your skin big event ready after treatment. Plan on a few days of redness and swelling followed by light flaking for 4-7 days. We recommend scheduling your event at least 2 weeks after a Fraxel treatment. For day-to-day events, you can generally use makeup to cover any redness after the first week.