What Should You Know Before Your First Fraxel Treatment?September 1, 2020
Laser Resurfacing and Fraxel are great treatment options because they can address a few concerns at one; ageing, pigmentation and sun damage, skin texture and scarring. There are a few important things you should know about prepping and aftercare before you book in.
Before you start your skin-prepping routine, you should have a consultation with a trained Doctor or Clinician to determine which treatment is right for you.
“A clinician can assess your skin and recommend the correct laser, and the number of treatments you might need based on your skin type, the condition of your skin and what you are trying to achieve,” explains Senior Clinician Rachael.
There are a few different lasers that do resurfacing treatments, including Fraxel, CO2 Fractional and Erbium. Not all treatments are suitable for all skin types, so a consultation is a good place to start.
Regardless of which Laser Resurfacing Treatment you have, it’s best practice to prepare your skin for 2-4 weeks (depending on your history and skin type) with a pigment inhibiting serum to prevent the chance of PIH (Post-inflammatory pigmentation).
You’ll also need to avoid direct sun exposure for 2-4 weeks before and after treatment. Rachael explains that UV radiation causes cell damage, breaks down collagen and increases your chance of pigmentation, so it defeats the purpose of having a treatment. Your skin can also be more photosensitive for a few days after treatment.
“This doesn’t mean you can’t go for a walk outside, just that you need to be more mindful of UV exposure on treated areas of skin, so wear a physical sunscreen and wear a large-brimmed hat when you’re outdoors for longer periods of time,” Rachael says.
The day of your treatment should be exciting because it feels good to do something nice for yourself, Rachael says, but clients can have some treatment day nerves if it’s their first time.
“There is some degree of discomfort with certain Laser Resurfacing or Fraxel treatments, and this varies person to person depending on their threshold. Fortunately, we have things to ease discomfort like prescription numbing cream and we use cooling air throughout the treatment. We also talk you through the treatment and make it as comfortable as possible,” Rachael says, “it is generally well tolerated.”
There is usually some degree of downtime which can range from redness (like a sunburn) to peeling, flaking or dryness, almost as if your skin has a bit of dandruff. “It really depends on the laser and the treatment intensity,” Rachel says. Remember, there are different treatment options depending on the condition of your skin and what you’re comfortable with.
You should avoid exercise for 24 hours after treatment. Rachael says that this is because heat and sweat can create a humid environment where bacteria proliferate, which can prolong your downtime or cause an adverse reaction.
You should also avoid cosmetic makeup for at least a week, except for a light mineral powder, as makeup can clog pores and irritate your healing skin.
As mentioned above, you’ll need to be mindful of UV exposure as well. A physical sunscreen is incredibly important to protect the skin
Once the bit of redness and flaking passes, your results should shine though and even improve over the next few weeks. Laser Resurfacing is a really effective method, and we’ve achieved some great results.
Rachael wants you to note, though, that results are not necessarily permanent, but they can be prolonged with good maintenance. “We are ageing every single day, so there is no permanent cure, but there are steps you can take,” she explains.
She recommends a good skincare routine that starts with an exfoliating cleanser, followed by serums with antioxidants and pigment inhibitors and a daily moisturising SPF. It will help you maintain your skin’s health and prolong your glowing treatment results!
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