What Is the Fraxel Peel?

The Fraxel Peel is the latest addition to the Fraxel laser family which has revolutionized the world of skin laser treatments.  It is one half of the Fraxel Dual system, together with the Fraxel Re:store. It is a new superficial Fraxel laser treatment aimed to achieve a more dramatic and rapid im-provement in pigmentation and sun damage with the same level of safety given by the Fraxel family.

Who can benefit from the Fraxel Peel?

The new superficial wavelength of the Fraxel Dual is specifically designed to treat irregular pigmentation due to sun damage. This is a very common issue with fair-skinned people in Australia. It is safe for all skin types and virtually anyone with surface irregularities, sun damage, or those seeking improved skin texture, can benefit from this laser.

How Long Will It Take To Heal?

The Fraxel Peel results in significant bronzing of the skin followed by peeling. This peeling is usually completed by day 6 or 7. The skin is usually slightly pinkish for a few days thereafter.

Is The Procedure Painful?

The new Fraxel peel is the virtually pain-free for most patients. Most patients describe it as a very mild prickling sensation. Prior to a Fraxel procedure you will be given either a topical or local anesthetic; A chilled air blower is used to further increase patient comfort. Occasionally oral pain-killers or sedatives can be used. After the procedure, most describe the discomfort as a sunburn that subsides quickly.

How Soon Will I See Results?

There is usually a dramatic improvement in pigmentation after a single Fraxel Peel. This is usually evident once the peeling ceases at 6 to 7 days.  However, clinical studies suggest that 3-5 Fraxel Peel laser treatments, spaced approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart, will result in even greater improvement. The skin quality and texture also continues to gradually improve over the following 6 months.

What Are The Side Effects?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with laser skin resurfacing, however Fraxel laser has a lower risk of side-effects than almost all other lasers. The main risk associated with the Fraxel Peel is that of prolonged (though temporary) redness. This can slowly fade over two or more weeks if the treatment has been strong, however, is usually associated for a more dramatic improvement in the skin. This type of laser can trigger ‘cold-sores’ in those who are prone to them, and for these patients preventative tablets are often prescribed for use around the time of the treatment.

What precautions should I take after treatment?

Avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process and for at least 3 weeks after treatment. Application of sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher daily is especially important. Wearing wide brimmed hats is highly recommended when out in the sun.

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