Benefits of FRAXEL Laser Treatments
- Improves skin tone and texture and reduces pore size
- Erases unwanted brown spot and pigmentation
- Smooths wrinkles and fine lines
- Rejuvenates face, neck, chest and hands
- Reduces acne and surgical scars
- Improves Skin Colour (dyschromia)
About the Fraxel Restore DUAL?
We have the Fraxel Restore DUAL with two laser wavelengths, 1927nm and 1550nm. The 1927nm produces dramatic improvement to sun damaged and pigmented skin with just one treatment. The 1550nm treatment is used to improve deeper conditions like wrinkles, surgical scars, and acne scars. Significant results can be seen over a course of 3-5 treatments.
How many Fraxel treatments will I need?
This depends on the severity of the damage of the skin being treated. Usually we would recommend acourse of 1-5 treatments, and for best results spread 4 – 6 weeks apart. With the 1927, most patients will see improvement after a single treatment. Maintenance treatments can be performed as needed. With the 1550, we recommend 3 – 5 treatments, once again depending on the severity of the damage of the skin being treated.
Are the FRAXEL laser treatments safe?
Although the Fraxel laser is a new and innovative technology, to date there have been no reports of scarring or infection from treatment. At high powers mild blistering and/or temporary skin discolouration can occur especially in darker skin patients.
Is the FRAXEL treatment painful?
A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the affected area 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to the treatment to ensure comfort during the procedure. How long does each treatment take? For each session we ask you to allow 2 hours. This will include time for the topical anaesthetic cream to take effect. The laser treatment will last from 10-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
What can I expect to feel during and after treatment?
As the laser moves over your skin you will feel a prickling sensation. Straight after the treatment your skin may feel like it has been sunburnt. This feeling of ‘heat sensation’ and or itching usually disappears within 2-3 hours. We recommend that you apply icepacks to the treated area when you return home to help you feel more comfortable. Redness and swelling may also be commencing at this time.
How soon can I return to normal activities?
The redness and swelling may persist for a few days. The skin may then take on a ‘bronzed’ and reddened appearance for up to 14 days. The duration of this will depend on the nature of your treatment and the area treated. (Areas treated off the face usually take a longer time to heal).
You may then start to vigorously exfoliate (peel) as old dead cells are shed and are replaced by new younger ones. Although it is rare, there may be crusting or blistering in some areas, especially if an aggressive treatment has been performed. Once the sloughing is complete, you may notice a pinkness’ over the next few weeks; and although most redness resolves within the first week after treatment, a ‘rosy’ glow may remain for several weeks.
Most patients will begin to see some improvement within a few days after the procedure. However, it is the collagen remodelling in the deeper layers of the skin, that occur over several months after your treatment, that creates the smoothing and tightening of the skin.
There may be gradual improvement for up to a year following a series of treatments.
How long should I take off work?
This is something that only you can answer. How long you take off from work might also depend on whether or not you can do your work yet still stay out of the sun.
It is absolutely fine to resume most daily routines the day after your Fraxel treatment; however, because of your ‘bronzed’ or reddened face – some people prefer not to be in their workplace.
Because I am having a topical Anaesthetic, is it okay for me to drive home after the procedure?
Driving home after the Fraxel procedure is typically not a problem at all.
The topical Anaesthetic we use is applied externally to your skin and does not impact your driving ability.
Is there anything special that I have to do prior to a treatment? The answer is YES.
Yes, it is important to avoid use of any products containing glycolic acids, retinol or retinoids, bleaching agents and hydroquinone for ONE WEEK prior to the procedure.
These products can be resumed ONE WEEK post procedure but if in doubt, ask your Clinician.
What care is necessary in the week following the Fraxel treatment?
- Icepacks on day of treatment
- Cetaphil moisturizer as often as needed
- No excessive exercise, sweating or swimming for ONE week
- No shaving the affected area
- Avoid ALL sun exposure
How does the Fraxel Laser work?
Fraxel utilizes a patented fractional technology to target damaged skin. The laser produces thousands of microscopic treatment zones (MTZ’s) that penetrate deep into the dermis (skin). As the laser treats only a ‘fraction’ of the surface tissue at a time, the skin surrounding the pinpoint MTZ’s remains intact and unaffected. This promotes rapid tissue healing, much faster than if the entire skin where treated at once. The areas treated by the MTZ’s stimulate new collagen production and hence promotes the growth of fresh, new and healthy skin in their place. Repeated treatments create additional MTZ’s until the entire skin is treated.
Next Step: Book your Initial Consultation for Fraxel Laser Skin Treatments
Send us a confidential enquiry or call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your Confidential Consultation with one of our Coco Ruby team.
Want more information before scheduling your treatment consultation?
- Request more information about our skin procedures including laser rejuvenation, Fraxel, Injectables or Healite II treatments – call or contact us
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