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At a glance: Fraxel


Treatment may also be known as
Fractional laser, fractionated laser, Dual Fraxel, Fraxel Restore, Fraxel Repair
Purpose
Reduce pigmentation, scarring and fine lines, improve texture
How it works
Microscopic beams of laser energy stimulate turnover and renewal of skin cells
Treatment time
20 minutes or more
Recovery
2-5 days
Results
Some results in 1 week, best results after 1-3 months
Lasts
Ongoing if maintained with skincare
Pain level
Medium
Cost
From $800 (neck)
Works with
Photodynamic Therapy to aid healing
Note
Individual results may vary
Caution
Must be performed by an experienced provider

FAQ's

What is Fraxel laser?

Fraxel is a well-researched, fractionated laser treatment that promotes turnover and renewal of skin cells for an even complexion and refined skin tone. “Fractionated” means that it delivers multiple microscopic beams of light energy to better distribute its effect across your skin and minimise downtime.

How does it work?

Fraxel delivers multiple, microscopic columns of laser energy into your skin to emulate a micro-wound and stimulate your skin’s natural healing and rejuvenation response. Your skin, in turn, removes dead, damaged or pigmented skin cells and regenerates collagen to reveal a newer layer of smoother skin with a more even tone.

What happens during treatment?

During treatment, you will be able to lie down on a comfortable treatment bed while your Clinician moves the handpiece over your skin, using a technique that delivers energy evenly over the entire treatment area.

How long does treatment take?

This depends on the area being treated, but it normally takes 20 minutes for the face.

How many treatments are required?

Some clients notice a difference after just one treatment. For best results, we recommend 3-5 treatments, depending on the nature of your skin and the specific concern being treated.

How often should I have the treatments?

We will recommend a schedule of treatments suited to the condition of your skin. They will often be spaced 2-4 weeks apart.

What Skin Conditions does it work on?

Fraxel can be used to treat sun damage, dark spots caused by sun exposure, age spots, pigmentation, acne scarring, redness and some forms of keratosis. Because Fraxel stimulates collagen production, it can also reduce fine lines and improve the overall quality and texture of your skin.

Does Fraxel laser hurt?

There can be some discomfort associated with this treatment, but it is generally well tolerated. We use topical numbing cream and surface cooling to ease your experience.

Is there any prepping required?

We will discuss prepping required for your individual skin type during a complimentary consultation, but it often involves a pigment inhibiting serum for 2-4 weeks, and you must abstain from using retinol products for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment.

Is there any aftercare required?

We will provide aftercare advice for your particular skin type. Normally, you will need to avoid sun exposure for 2-5 days after treatment and apply a specific product to protect your skin while it heals.

Are there any side-effects?

Fraxel has been clinically proven as a safe procedure when delivered by qualified professionals who follow the safety protocols. In rare cases, there may be some risk of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, but this risk is mitigated by proper prepping, aftercare and especially by limiting your sun exposure for 2-5 days after treatment, or as advised by your Clinician.

Is there any downtime?

There is often some redness and swelling for 2-4 days after treatment and you will need to avoid sun exposure during this time. Once the redness subsides, your skin may flake a little bit for a couple of days, but this is just the removal of dead skin cells.

How will my results progress over time?

You should notice some improvement after one week, but the full results will appear gradually over 1-3 months.

How long do results last?

Fraxel is known for long-lasting results, however, this depends on your particular skin and how well you care for it. We will recommend post-treatment care and are always happy to discuss longer-term skincare routines to prolong your results.

How much does Fraxel Laser cost?

It depends on the area being treated, but prices start at $1,100 for the full face. *Pricing as at October 2018, price may require package purchase

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