Fraxel is the latest breakthrough in laser technology to repair sun damage, scars and wrinkles. Considered by many dermatologists as the most powerful “gentle” laser available, Fraxel is the first FDA approved laser with the potency of an ablative laser and the gentle safety of a non-ablative system. Before Fraxel, the only laser treatments available for cosmetic enhancement were either ablative, which effectively destroyed unwanted tissue at very high temperatures with significant side effects, or non-ablative, which although boasted minimal healing time, yielded only modest results. By combining these two varieties, Fraxel is able to treat many cosmetic conditions far more safely and effectively than traditional therapies.
After several years of studies and mounting evidence of Fraxel’s safety and effectiveness, Skinworks professionals are successfully treating a variety of skin conditions on all skin types, including tanned skin. Fraxel is the first laser treatment for melasma, which may even offer a cure, and it is Dr. Jang’s first choice in the treatment for the remodelling of acne scarring. It is ideal for sun damage on the face, neck, chest and hands as it combines both wrinkle reduction and colour correction with minimal downtime. Initial studies show that Fraxel may even be helpful for the reduction of stretch marks.
How it works
Fraxel’s unique design allows it to target aging and damaged skin by creating microscopic pixels of damage known as microthermal treatment zones, which penetrate deep into the dermis to eliminate pigmented cells, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. This precision allows for much faster healing time as the body’s natural healing process repairs skin imperfections with healthier, tighter tissue.
To prepare for a Fraxel procedure, your clinician will apply a topical anaesthetic cream over the treatment area, which will be wiped off after one hour. Procedure times will vary depending on the surface area to be treated, but an average full face takes about 45 minutes.
It is normal to feel mildly sunburnt for a few hours after treatment, and swelling should resolve in about three days. Your skin will have a bronzed appearance for about one week, along with slight flaking, which can be controlled by moisturizing the skin frequently. Sunscreen of SPF 30+ should be applied several times per day for several days after the treatment.
A series of four to eight treatments will be required on average, spaced every two to four weeks, depending on skin type, the existing condition, and the desired level of correction. Results are progressive with each session, and will continue for two to three months upon completion as your body’s tissues continue to repair and remodel, producing a smoother, healthier, rejuvenated appearance.