Fraxel laser is the first fractional laser invented to treat certain skin conditions like acne scarring, sun damage to the skin, wrinkles, etc. The lasers target microscopic heat columns into the skin to treat the conditions while covering a wide range of skin. This allows for quicker treatment where the laser can treat large areas at once.
Fraxel lasers are widely chosen as laser treatment for the face and other areas owing to their effective outcome.
With the treatment requiring relatively lesser time and very little downtime, the treatment has rapidly become a popular choice of laser treatment for skin among people. Compared to most other cosmetic treatments, Fraxel laser treatment also comes with lower risks while offering amazing results.
Fraxel lasers have been used since their invention to treat a number of skin conditions. Some of the most common conditions that the Fraxel laser was invented to treat include:
Apart from these conditions, Fraxel lasers also help improve the texture and tone of the skin.
Fraxel laser treatments involve microscopic laser energy columns focused on the skin, covering a large area simultaneously. Rather than peeling off the outer layer of the skin, Fraxel lasers stimulate the production of new collagen through the heat directed into the skin.
Before the treatment begins, the skin is numbed using topical cream or other methods are used to lessen the anxiety of the patient to relieve any discomfort. While the heat columns are directed into the skin, a cooling machine is used to blow cold air over the treated area to reduce discomfort from the heat and to prevent excessive heat buildup in the skin.
The process involves consistent heat being passed over the area to be treated. The duration of the laser treatment, however, may differ, depending on the level of treatment.
For a Fraxel laser treatment to work effectively, one must have the right skin type. Since the treatment may not be suitable for every skin type, our doctors will first analyse your skin. The skin tone, texture, and other factors are vital factors in determining whether the treatment will be as effective and correct for you. A consultation will help the doctor determine your suitability and give you an idea of what to expect from the treatment.
If you are eligible for the treatment, the right wavelength will be chosen, keeping your skin condition in mind.
At CSD Clinics, you can find the latest Fraxel lasers that carry out dual-wavelength treatments. With experts on board who are equipped to analyse your skin type and offer the right treatment options for you, we are dedicated to identify and provide skin treatments for our patients that will show effective outcomes in your case.
You can book an appointment online to consult with our doctors regarding your skin issues and your requirements for a better understanding of the possibilities.
Fraxel – a Major breakthrough in the treatment of Acne Scarring and other Skin Conditions. Acne scarring can be extremely disfiguring and until recently has been very difficult to treat. The Fraxel and Fractionated Skin Resurfacing have revolutionized the treatment of most forms of acne scarring for the face, neck chest and back.
The Fraxel is a unique non invasive laser technology, which produces columns of laser beams that penetrate deeply into the skin reaching the base of the acne scars, and producing new collagen formation. This in turn “fills up” the acne scars, making them smoother and shallower. Because the treatment is fractionated, it selectively treats the acne scars, without damaging the surface layer of the skin, so there is no open wound. The Fraxel laser penetrates more deeply than previous lasers used for acne scarring and heals faster. Makeup and usual skin care products can be applied within a few days of treatment.
The improvement in acne scarring will depend on the strength of the Fraxel treatment, the number of Fraxel treatments, and the severity of the acne scarring. Stronger Fraxel treatments will produce greater improvement, but have longer “down time”. In most people it is possible to achieve 60 80% improvement in acne scarring with stronger Fraxel treatments. Previous treatments for acne scarring achieved about 20-40% improvement in acne scars.
The number of Fraxel treatments will depend on the severity of the acne scars, the strength of the Fraxel treatment sessions and your expectations. Most people have 4-5 Fraxel treatments, but it is possible to achieve significant improvement in acne scarring with 2-3 sessions. Some people have more than 5 treatments, and continue to improve their acne scars and skin texture.
There is no set time between Fraxel laser treatments. It is usually recommended that treatments be performed every 2-4 weeks. However it is not a disadvantage to wait longer between Fraxel treatments.
The amount and degree of discomfort are related to the strength of the Fraxel treatment. Lower intensity, weaker treatments hurt little, while stronger treatments are potentially more painful. In order to minimize discomfort, a numbing cream is applied for at least 1-2 hours prior to treatment. In addition, it is also helpful to have some local anesthetic injections, so that the areas of acne scarring are numb and no pain is felt. In addition, you can also have pain puffers, and other painkillers if needed.
Before the Fraxel treatment is started, a numbing cream is applied for at least 1-2 hours. After this the treatment usually takes about 1 hour. Most people can drive home after the treatment, unless a pain puffer or injectable pain killers are used.
After the Fraxel treatment, it is usual to be slightly red and swollen for 2-3 days. With stronger treatments, redness may last a few more days. Makeup and skin care can be used the day after treatment. Some people also have peeling of the skin for a few days, and occasional scabbing. It is important to avoid using too much or too greasy moisturizers and sunscreens after the treatment, otherwise acne lesions may appear. A light moisturizer and oil free sunscreen may be used sparingly. People with darker skin, may need to use a depigmenting lotion after the treatment, in order to prevent temporary post treatment increase in skin pigmentation. The Depigmenting lotion will cause some redness and peeling while it is being used. This can be purchased at reception.
Most people can return to work after a few days depending on the strength of the Fraxel treatments. With stronger treatments, redness may last longer.
After Fraxel treatment, people can use their usual skin care products and makeup. Although sunscreens are recommended, it is important to avoid creamy or greasy sunscreens, otherwise acne lesions may develop. Oil free sunscreens and makeup are best. Vitamin A creams can be used after the Fraxel treatment to further stimulate new collagen and improvement in the acne scars. However Vitamin A creams may cause pinkness and peeling of the skin especially when they are used for the first time. It may be best to use them once every 2 or 3 days initially. It is best to avoid Vitamin E creams and oils as they can cause pimples and blemishes. If a depigmenting lotion is used, some moisturizer is needed, as the lotion causes dryness and some peeling. An oil free lighter moisturizer is recommended for acne prone skin.
The use of lasers in conjunction with Ro Accutane is controversial. Some lasers e.g. Erbium and CO2 are, generally not recommended while on RoAccutane. Other lasers and light sources e.g. Laser Hair removal, Pulsed Light can be used. There is no good medical evidence to suggest that Fraxel cannot be used while on RoAccutane. Our clinic has found that it is safe to use Fraxel and RoAccutane at the same time.
There are few side effects with Fraxel Laser treatment but may include:
1. Prolonged Redness While redness is usual for a few days after Fraxel treatment, some people may experience prolonged redness. It will eventually settle in nearly all cases. Prolonged redness may also occur if Vitamin A creams and depigmenting lotions are used after treatment.
2. Scabbing Light peeling and scabbing may occur after treatment for a few days. It will resolve.
3. Swelling This is normal for a few days after the treatment. You may wish to take some Prednisolone tablets after the treatment to reduce swelling.
4. Increased Skin Pigmentation Temporary increase in skin pigmentation may occur in people with olive or darker skins, or those who expose their skin to sunlight after treatment. In order to prevent this, a depigmenting lotion is used routinely in people with olive or darker skin immediately after Fraxel treatments. An oil free sunscreen is also recommended after Fraxel treatment.
5. Scarring This is rare. If it does occur, it usually appears as a red thickened area. It can be successfully treated with injections of 5FU or cortisone.
6. Decrease in Skin Pigmentation In some cases, there may be a slight decrease in skin pigmentation. It may be due to loss of sun damage.
7. Infection This is rare. However, cold sores may occur after Fraxel treatment, if there is a previous history of cold sores. This can be prevented by using anti-cold sore tablets.
8. Recurrence of Acne If excessive moisturizers or sunscreens are used after Fraxel, acne may occur.
Fraxel treatments vary from about $600-$1255 per session. An exact quote will be given through consultation.
Fraxel lasers can also be used for:
1. Sun Damage and wrinkles
3. Stretch Marks
4. Other scars e.g. Post surgery, post trauma, and burns.
Fraxel can produce about 30-40% improvement in stretch marks, but needs at least about 4-5 treatment sessions.
Fraxel improves skin texture. It help wrinkles to some extent, but the results are not dramatic.
*Results may vary from patient to patient.