Laser skin resurfacing.
The Fraxel treatment is one of the most popular premium level treatments at the Collins Cosmetic Clinic. It uses a Fraxel Dual Laser system, an advanced fractional laser that delivers superior results with less downtime compared to older ablative lasers. It has multiple uses for mild to severe skin damage, to improve skin tone and remove imperfections on the neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, and back.
We have over 10 years of experience using the Fraxel and know that patient selection is critical for obtaining great results and for the right patient the Fraxel is a fantastic treatment option. There is some skin reaction and possible downtime after a Fraxel treatment and this needs to have been discussed. For certain conditions some special skin preparation is needed before a Fraxel treatment to get the best result.
The Fraxel uses patented fractional technology to deliver micro-pulses of laser beams beneath the skin’s surface to stimulate cell turnover and eliminate old, damaged skin cells and replace with new cells. It can target concerns such as sun damaged skin, acne scarring and wrinkles.
The Fraxel Dual laser is actually 2 lasers in one with a 1927 wavelength that can target the surface layers of the skin and remove pigment, treat sun damaged skin and improve the superficial signs of ageing. It also has a 1550 wavelength that penetrates deeper and can stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, which can help with acne scarring and improving lines and wrinkles.
The Fraxel Dual is one of the main treatment options for unwanted pigmentation either from sun damage or hormones (melasma) as well as acne scarring. It can also be used to significantly reduce surgical scars and certain stretch marks. Precancerous skin damage (solar keratosis) can also be treated.
The procedure is performed in our clinic rooms, and treatment time will vary with the area being treated. A topical anaesthetic is usually recommended for facial treatments, and this is applied in our offices for 60 minutes before the procedure. The laser treatment can take 15-30 minutes, so most patients need to allow about 90 minutes for a Fraxel Dual session.
Fraxel was the first fractional laser developed and was FDA approved in 2004. The Fraxel Dual model was released in 2010. More than 3,000 doctors worldwide have treated over 100,000 patients with the Fraxel laser, and clinical studies have consistently reported safe and proven results. Side effects are significantly lower than with non-fractional ablative lasers. However, the Fraxel is an advanced medical-grade laser, and for safe and effective results, treatments should only be performed in a medical clinic setting under medical supervision.
Some improvement can be seen soon after Fraxel treatment, primarily when the surface layers of the skin are being targeted as in rejuvenation treatments. Deeper problems such as acne scarring can take several months to achieve optimal results, as new collagen needs to be progressively built up. Results after Fraxel laser treatment are long lasting but can vary with factors such as your lifestyle, skin condition, age, and use of skincare.
The number of Fraxel treatments necessary varies with the problem being treated and the desired level of improvement. For skin rejuvenation, 2 or 3 treatments may be required spaced 4-8 weeks apart. For acne scarring 5-6 treatments may be needed with results being progressive as new layers of collagen are laid down. Some patients with sun-damaged or ageing skin find scheduling a yearly maintenance Fraxel treatment maintains their skin in the best condition possible.
Avoid sun exposure, and if treating Melasma it may be necessary to pretreat the skin with a prescription cream containing Hydroquinone for 2-4 weeks. If you have been using ROACCUTANE we prefer this to have been ceased 6 months before Fraxel treatments.
The type of reaction depends on the level of treatment and your skin type, but some redness and swelling are expected. When pigment is being treated, it is usual to have a sunburned, bronzed appearance for several days. There can be some flaking and exfoliation before smoother and fresher looking skin is seen. In the week following a Fraxel treatment, only use skin care products that are gentle and non-clogging. Sun protection is also important in the week after Fraxel treatment.
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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