Fraxel Laser (Fractional Resurfacing)

Fraxel Laser, also known as fractional resurfacing, is a non-invasive procedure used to rejuvenate the skin and is generally considered superior and advanced as a skin procedure.

The way Fraxel Laser works is by penetrating into the dermis of the skin which is the deepest skin layer and offers long-lasting results. This pioneering approach is particularly intended to modify only partial amounts of the target tissue. By and large, it is suitable for most types of skin, skin colours and conditions (some darker pigmented skin may need to be assessed first).

One good thing about Fraxel Laser is that results are achieved without experiencing the problems and complications of the conventional laser procedures.

Another positive thing about Fraxel Laser is that it is a safe procedure and targets only the damaged area of the skin on any parts of the body no matter how sensitive the skin is. It treats only a part of the tissue at a time without affecting or destroying other tissues that surround the area of treatment.

Fraxel treatments can be done in 2 ways:

  1. The milder Fraxel laser – best for problems such as skin darkening, stretch marks, fine wrinkles and most of the sensitive body parts.
  2. The more vigorous Fraxel laser version – is used for those skin conditions that are not so easily treated.

What Does Fraxel Laser Treat?

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Rosacea
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Acne and scarring caused by it
  • Sun damage
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Liver spots
  • General scarring of the skin

3 Types of Fraxel Laser:

  1. Fraxel Restore – A milder form of laser used to treat darker skins, wrinkles and scars.
  2. Fraxel Repair – A strong laser treatment version of the Carbon Dioxide laser, it provides benefits just like the conventional CO2 laser but the major difference is that it offers the quickest recovery time.
  3. Fraxel Dual – Possesses two light wavelengths. One wavelength tightens the skin, diminishing the pores and rejuvenating the skin. The second wavelength is responsible for treating pigmentation (sometimes occurring as a result of pregnancy). The second wavelength only acts on the superficial skin layer.

The Procedure:

Fraxel Laser

The process takes between 20 to 25 minutes for a complete facial treatment. First, your doctor or consultant will clean the area of treatment before applying an anaesthetic ointment approximately an hour before the procedure. After that, laser rays to the targeted tissues will be administered.

For the Fraxel laser, multiple visits are generally required with the benefits becoming progressively perceptible, as the skin heals following each session.

Precautions to avoid risks and complications:

  • Use a sunscreen for a period of about 3 months after the treatment.
  • Refraining from direct sun exposure is an absolute must.
  • Apply simple moisturising cream to prevent skin dryness.

Minor Risks and Complications:

  • Short-term redness which goes away within a few hours or a few days.
  • Skin dryness and peeling (subsides within a couple of days).
  • Skin hyper-pigmentation (which usually persists for a month and then fades away).
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Vaguely bronzed tone (which vanishes within 2 weeks of the treatment).