Fraxel Laser

What is it?

Fraxel is a fractionated re-surfacing laser that causes hundreds of controlled microscopic and pinpoint thermal injuries to the skin. This injury kick starts a skin repair mechanism, thereby stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and the elimination of superficial skin pigmentation. Overall, it improves skin texture, tone and radiance.

Because Fraxel only treats a fraction of the skin, (approximately 20%) at a given treatment, it minimises the risks and the downtime of traditional, more aggressive re-surfacing lasers. The remaining uninjured skin acts like a biological plaster allowing the injured skin to heal quickly - within 2-3 days. Fraxel is considered the gold standard for laser skin rejuvenation and is FDA approved for the treatment of sun damage, melasma also known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’ and pitted acne scarring.

Who can benefit?

Fraxel works well on sun damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, melasma and pitted acne scarring. Results area better in non-smoking patients

What it entails

Fraxel is a course of five treatments, spaced one month apart, ideally carried out from September to April. The treatment takes 75 minutes. Firstly, numbing cream is applied to cleansed skin for 40 minutes, the skin is then cleansed and sterilised and the laser is passed eight times. After the treatment, there is significant swelling and redness which lasts 2 to 3 days, similar to a severe sun burn. As the skin begins to heal, it can feel dry and rough like sand paper. Regular moisturisation and sun avoidance is key post treatment to maintain the benefits. It is advised not to wear makeup for 24 hours after the treatment.

Fraxel works well with a prescriptive skincare regime and both botulinum toxin and filler for optimal facial rejuvenation. It is contraindicated in pregnancy, breast feeding and patients with history of severe cold sores and active acne.

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