Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing Melbourne
Fraxel® renews the skin’s surface, by stimulating collagen production, giving you a refreshed, youthful glow and subtly making your skin look younger.
Fraxel® uses a laser to resurface damaged skin. Fractional lasers treat the skin with enhanced micro-pulses of light, which stimulate new collagen production. It specifically treats concerns such as wrinkles, acne scarring, surgical scars and the sun spots and superficial pigmentation that are the hallmarks of sun exposure.
Fraxel® only treats targeted problem areas, so results are focused and effective. As with any laser treatment expect some downtime and redness (usually a little less than a week). These will be discussed at your complimentary consultation.
What is Fraxel?
Fraxel was one of the very first fractional lasers. Unlike other lasers, fractional lasers are able to treat both the epidermis and the dermal layers of the skin. They do this by delivering thousands of very fine columns of laser energy into the skin. These columns of laser treatment result in the removal of old pigmented epidermal skin cells and induce collagen remodelling and new collagen formation. The skin in between these columns of laser energy is not treated and hence only a fraction of the skin is treated at any one time. This means fractional laser treatment results in a faster healing process with much less downtime. Usually this is between 3 and 5 days.
What is Fraxel Dual ?
Fraxel Dual is different because it has two wavelengths that target different parts of the skin.
The 1550 wavelength penetrates more deeply into the skin and targets collagen formation in the dermis. It therefore is very effective in treating, deep wrinkles, acne scarring or to smooth and flatten scars after surgery or trauma.
The 1927 wavelength works more superficially and therefore is used to target epidermal problems such as pigmentation, wrinkles, sun spots and other forms of general sun damage.
Depending on the type of skin problem, it is possible to use both the 1550 and 1927 wavelength in the same session to target the skin at different depths.
What is involved with a Fraxel Treatment?
The first step is to be assessed by our Nurse Consultant Linda Ferguson, who is an experienced plastic surgical nurse. She is a surgical assistant to Professor Ashton in the operating theatre, experienced in complex surgical wound management, Fraxel laser and is also a qualified nurse injector.
Linda will assess your skin and determine the appropriate type of Fraxel laser treatment that you may require. All treatment plans are discussed and reviewed with Professor Ashton.
Not all people are suited for laser treatment, and some conditions are better treated with other lasers or even surgery. Linda Ferguson will also discuss whether you are better treated with the 1550, 1927 wavelengths or a combination of both.
A topical anaesthetic cream is applied for 60 – 90 minutes prior to treatment. This numbs the skin and ensures the fraxel treatment is comfortable. During the treatment the fraxel laser blows a continuous stream of cold air over the treated area to further reduce any discomfort.
The Fraxel laser has an Intelligent Optical Tracking System to precisely control the laser beam and the rate at which it fires into the skin so that it is not dependent on the speed of movement of the hand piece by the operator. Several passes are performed to achieve the optimal end-point. The total treatment time for and area such as the face is usually around 20 minutes.
After fraxel treatment the skin feels warm and looks red. The intensity and duration of redness depends on the level of the treatment. In general some mild swelling and redness lasts for 24 to 48 hours.Thereafter the skin become a bronze colour. At the about day 3 there is usually some mild peeling. The new skin underneath is pink in colour and needs to be protected from the sun. Some mild redness may persist for up to a week.