How is a Fraxel Treatment Different from Other Skin Laser Rejuvenation Procedures?
There are two kinds of laser treatments which have been available for cosmetic skin treatment: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative treatments use a high temperature to vaporise unwanted tissue and can be effective, but with significant side-effects and several weeks recovery time. Non-ablative treatments have very few side-effects and less downtime, but require numerous treatments to produce more modest results. Fraxel laser treatment delivers the potency of ablative treatments, with the gentle safety of non-ablative lasers, so one achieves the best of both worlds – dramatic results and less downtime. The Fraxel Restore Dual has two wavelengths – 1550nm and 1927nm. It is a non-ablative treatment, which makes it a great alternative to traditional ablative treatments.
Fraxel skin resurfacing treatments help keep you looking and feeling fabulous.
- Smoother, fresher-looking skin
Improved pigmentation, texture and tone
Effective treatment of pre-cancerous lesions (actinic keratosis)
Excellent treatment for face, neck, chest, arms and back.
The 1927 wavelength safely penetrates the superficial skin layers, stimulating your body’s own natural healing process and generating new collagen
- Smoother, fresher-looking skin
Improved texture and tone
Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars
The 1550 penetrates the skin’s deeper layers and stimulates your body’s own natural healing process to create new collagen. With both, old and damaged cells are replaced with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
How Does Fraxel Restore Dual Treatment Work?
Fraxel treatment uses patented fractional technology to target damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate the superficial layer with the 1927 and the deeper skin with the 1550. The laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched, which promotes rapid healing. This stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, replacing the old and damaged cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
What Should I Expect After a Fraxel Treatment?
The intensity and duration of side-effects depend on the aggressiveness of the treatment and your particular healing characteristics, and will include the following:
Redness – your pinker skin lasts from 3 – 5 days.
Mild to moderate swelling lasting 3 – 5 days.
Bronzed appearance for 3 – 10 days. The bronzed skin will peel off, leaving the face fresher, with pigment removed. Make-up can be applied to reduce the sunburned appearance.
As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. This effect can be reduced with the regular application of a moisturiser.
As it is a non-ablative treatment, there is a limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation or scarring.
What Happens During Fraxel Dual Treatment?
Prior to the Fraxel procedure, a topical anaesthetic cream will be applied 45 minutes before the treatment. A chilled air blower is directed on the treatment area during the procedure. There is a variable amount of discomfort during the procedure and most patients describe it as a warm, prickling sensation. During the treatment, the Fraxel laser will be passed over your skin several times to create thousands of deep treatment columns in your skin called micro-thermal treatment zones. These zones penetrate deep into the skin where collagen is stored and created. The skin surrounding each zone is left intact, allowing the skin to heal much faster than older traditional ablative techniques. The skin is then stimulated to produce collagen and pigmented skin is broken down and replaced.
When Do the Results Appear and How Long Do They Last?
The results are both immediate and progressive. Soon after the treatment, the surface of the skin will feel softer and smoother, look brighter and show a more even tone. The next three to six months will bring more improvement as the deeper layers of the skin continue to create collagen. Results are long-lasting, depending on your lifestyle, age, skin condition and skin care.
How Many Treatments Will I Need and How Will They be Spaced?
Desired outcomes are typically reached with multiple treatments. The specific number of treatments is tailored to your goals and desired results, as well as your lifestyle. We will work with you to identify the appropriate level of treatment and your preferred down-time. For the treatment of acne scars and wrinkles, on average an effective treatment regime is 3 – 5 sessions, spaced at least four weeks apart. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible after three treatments. For the treatment of pigmentation, on average two treatments are required, spaced at least eight weeks apart.
What Precautions Should I take After Treatment?
Wear a sunscreen of SPF50 or higher; avoid direct sun exposure for at least six weeks after your last treatment; wear a wide-brimmed hat when you are in the sun. Particularly with regards to the treatment of pigmentation, the more sun exposure after treatment, the more likely the pigmentation is to return.