Fraxel is the original fractional skin-resurfacing treatment so it’s no wonder that many people head to the Clinic specifically asking for this non-surgical treatment for concerns such as pigmentation, sun damage, lines and wrinkles, dull skin, stretch marks and scarring.
We know that having any type of procedure can be daunting, so we decided to sit down with our nurse, Jane, who just so happens to be the UK and European trainer for Fraxel and ask her the most pressing questions our patients have about this pioneering laser treatment.
What is Fraxel laser used for?
The Fraxel Dual allows us to treat a wide variety of skin issues because it has two different wavelengths in one device; one allows us to penetrate deeply into the living part of your skin (the dermis) to target scarring, stretch marks, wrinkles and poor texture and the other wavelength targets sun damage and pigmentation.
I use Fraxel Dual on my patients for a variety of skin issues. It’s great for sun-damaged skin; this includes thin, crepy skin which has lost its elasticity as well as sunspots and freckles. I also treat ageing skin that has wrinkles, crepiness and has become dull and lifeless. It’s also a wonderful option for scarring such as acne and surgical scars, as well as stretch marks anywhere on the body.
Fraxel is also effective on a skin condition called Actinic Keratosis (AK).
How does Fraxel Dual work?
This laser is suitable for all skin colours and targets the water in the skin to create microscopic columns deep in your skin which stimulates your skin to repair and rejuvenate itself, from the inside out. One of the clever things about this laser is that it only treats a fraction of the skin at a time, rather than fully being fully ablative (meaning that it totally removes the outer layers of skin); this means the microscopic zones of untreated skin surround the tiny treatment-columns created by the laser. This promotes speedy healing.
How much is a Fraxel laser treatment?
It very much depends on your location, the clinic you choose and the area you have treated. Our price is £695 per session for facial treatment. If you go to London, for example, it’s very probable that it will cost more than that.
How do I know if the clinic I choose is using a legitimate Fraxel laser?
Some practitioners have a fractional laser but not all fractional lasers are Fraxel. Make sure that you know what a Fraxel Dual device looks like so that you can be sure that you are being treated by the correct laser when it comes to your treatment. Why not have a look at our video showing the Fraxel Dual laser in action and understand further how we treat sun damage with this laser.
What are the side effects of Fraxel Laser treatment?
The treated skin will be pink after the treatment, much like you’ve had too much sun; it will probably feel hot like sunburn too. This will usually settle after about 2 to 3 days after which the skin may become dry and feel ‘sandpapery’; my patients manage this really well with a simple moisturiser and/or a tinted moisturiser. This dry skin will flake off over the next few days, again managed well with a moisturiser. This isn’t like a snake shedding its’ skin in big strips, it’s ‘flaky’ and naturally comes away.
If you’ve had pigmentation treated, during your recovery the skin can take on a bronzed appearance like you’ve got a tan. This is the unwanted pigmentation rising to the surface before flaking away. Read one of my patients’ diary documenting their recovery from the Fraxel Dual for sun-induced pigmentation.
Is Fraxel Laser painful?
The skin is thoroughly numbed with an effective local anaesthetic cream prior to the treatment which means most patients feel ‘warm prickling’. After the treatment, your skin may feel warm, like you’ve been sun-burnt but it should not be painful at all.
How many sessions of Fraxel laser treatments are needed?
This depends on the concern you would like to treat and the severity of it; during a consultation your practitioner should assess you and tailor their advice for you, however as a guideline most patients will need 3 to 5 sessions to get a good result, however many will see some changes after the first treatment (this is usually true for pigmentation).
We hope this has given you some insight into this A-lister favourite, but if you would like to learn more about the Fraxel Dual treatment or have a skin concern that you’d like to discuss please don’t hesitate to contact The Skin to Love Clinic for a consultation.
Prices and information correct at the time of publication. Please check with the Clinic for any changes in fees. The information in the blog does not substitute a consultation or medical advice. Treatment results and levels of discomfort will vary between individuals.
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