Skin Resurfacing ~ Tone & Texture
Fraxel® Laser Treatment is designed to target ageing and damaged skin by creating microscopic "wounds" within the targeted areas that penetrate well beneath the skins outermost layer. In this way, Fraxel® Laser Treatment combines the impact of ablative lasers with the gentleness of non-ablative lasers, healing occurs so quickly that there is very little downtime for patients.
After several years of studies and mounting evidence of the Fraxel® Laser`s safety and effectiveness, the FDA has cleared this unique new laser to treat the following conditions:
How Fraxel® Laser Treatment Works
- Fraxel ® laser uses patent technology to target ageing and sun damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into the skin.
- The laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue in tact which promotes rapid healing.
- This stimulates your own bodies natural healing process, replacing the old and damaged cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
What makes your skin look older?
Over the years your skin is exposed to sun, air pollution, stress, fatigue, and lifestyle factors such as smoking which can affect your skin texture, colour and tightness.
Your skin contains two proteins, collagen and elastin, which keep your skin youthful and tight. But as you age and get more sun damage those proteins break down faster then your body can rebuild. As a result, your skin may start to sag and show damage like wrinkles, deep frown lines or sun spots.
What should I expect on the day of treatment?
There is no pre-treatment skin care regimen. On the day of your treatment, here is what happens.
- After cleansing your skin, anaesthetic gel is applied 50 -60 minutes prior to treatment.
- The aesthetic gel is completely removed before treatment starts.
- The treatment takes approximately 25-35 minutes for a full face.
Does it hurt?
Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the treatment.
To minimize discomfort, a topical anaesthetic gel is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure.
After treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1-3 hours.
What will I look like after the procedure?
During the first 24 hours after treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned and will appear pink or red, you may also experience some slight swelling. Cold packs can be used to reduce this appearance. You may wear mineral make up to soften the sunburned appearance.
Your skin will naturally bronze over in the next week or two. As you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat.
As with a sunburn your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes as instructed.
Is there special post-care treatment?
There is no special care after treatment. Generally most patients return to their normal routine within 3-5 days.
You will be able to put on your mineral make up and continue your skin care regimen.
We recommended wearing sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and avoid sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the person and results desired, an effective treatment regimen is 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart and with yearly maintenance. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.