If you’re asking “what on earth is that?” we don’t blame you! So today we’re going to have a look at what it is, how it works, different types of Fraxel lasers, and expectations. Let’s get started!
What is it?
Fraxel laser treatment is a procedure most often applied over 3 month intervals. Believe it or not, each treatment produces an immediately noticeable improvement in skin quality. There are 2 different wavelengths used – 1927nm and 1550nm – for the treatment of different skin concerns.
The 1927nm wavelengths are primarily used for concerns such as Pigmentation Treatment Melbourne , sun damage and improving over-all skin quality.
The 1550nm wavelength is primarily used for acne scarring, other types of scars and stretch marks. That’s right ladies, stretch marks!
The Fraxel lasers work by emitting thousands of very accurate pin-point columns of light that pass through the skin, and are then absorbed specifically by the water in the damaged collagen of our skin. This allows the laser light to remove very fine portions of damaged skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, scars and uneven textures. Compared to other forms of skin resurfacing, the use of laser skin resurfacing enables greater control in the depth of Skin Rejuvenation Clinic. This is control is possible because of the Fraxel “fractioned” lasers – they intensively treat tiny portions of the skin without affecting surrounding tissue. This ultimately reduces healing time, promoting the natural process for new, healthier tissue. These new cells create smoother, softer skin.
Different types of Fraxel lasers
There are a number of different fractioned lasers, such as the Clear and Brilliant, which is used to address signs of aging and helps prevent them. Our Infini laser combines fractional radio frequency technology with micro needling and improves wrinkling, scars and skin laxity. The right laser treatment to use for your skin concerns will be determined in a thorough consultation with a skin care professional.
Expectations, results, after-care
You should expect some discomfort, however prior to the procedure you will be given either a topical or local anaesthetic. Vary rarely are oral painkillers or sedatives used. The majority of patients describe it as a “warm, prickling sensation”. Following the procedure, the discomfort has been described as being similar to sunburn.
The results are usually noticeable instantly; however over-all improvement can take some time, and studies show that skin continues to gradually improve over the following 6 months.
After care is simple – apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher twice a day, and avoid direct sun exposure completely for the first week. Minimise exposure for the first month following the procedure. Always listen to any advice given by your skin care professional, and if you have any concerns following treatment contact your clinic (this is extremely rare, as side effects associated with Fraxel laser treatments at their worst are generally only a couple of days of redness or swelling, which disappear on their own.) For more information on our lasers and the specific skin conditions they treat, browse our extensive and comprehensive website.