Photo-Fraxional Peel

What is the Photo-Fraxional Peel laser?

The Photo-Fraxional Peel is a combination treatment of two of our best treatments, namely dual-filter intense pulsed light (IPL) and the Fraxel Peel, performed at the same treatment session.  The dual-filter IPL specifically targets superficial pigment, redness, and capillaries while the Fraxel Peel results in actual removal of tiny portions of the surface skin.   Combining these two different and powerful lasers allows maximal resolution of surface changes such as pigmentation and sun damage as well as reduction in redness and capillaries.   Never before have we been able to target all these issues in a single treatment with such safety.

Who is best suited to Photo-Fraxional Peel laser?

The patients who will benefit most from this treatment are those who would like a reduction in irregular pigmentation, redness, capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin texture and tone. Essentially this combination treatment is excellent for rejuvenating the skin by reducing signs of UV and age-related changes.  It is of most benefit for fairer skin types. Your doctor will advise you as to the appropriateness of this procedure for your particular skin type

Is the Photo-Fraxional Peel laser uncomfortable?

A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin before the procedure, and oral painkillers may also be prescribed by your doctor, which makes it well-tolerated by most patients. There may be the sensation of a slight prickling sensation with the Fraxel laser, and a sensation of heat in the skin, similar to a sunburn develops as the treatment proceeds. This warm sensation will subside within a few hours after the treatment. Usually no analgesia is required during the recovery period, but Panadol or Panadeine can be used effectively if required.

How soon will I see results?

Dramatic results are usually seen after the first treatment with the Photo-Fraxional Peel laser. Typically the skin will look fresher and clearer, with noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone. These effects are evident after the first week, once the darkened pigmentation lifts from the skin surface. The skin texture continues to improve over successive weeks to months, as the structural changes in the skin improve with the body’s natural healing processes.  Even greater improvements can be achieved by a second or a third treatment, typically at 4 week intervals.

Are there any potential adverse reactions?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with laser skin resurfacing.   The main risk associated with the Photo-Fraxtional Peel laser is that of prolonged redness.   This can persist for 2 or more weeks if the treatment has been strong, however is usually associated for a more dramatic improvement in the skin. There may also be a mild stinging sensation or itching of the skin in the days immediately after the procedure as the new fragile skin under the treated surface is revealed.  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 aftercare is required?

Aftercare is quite simple.  The skin should be moisturised four times daily and the skin cleansed twice daily.  Trauma to the skin such as excess heat, sunlight, and harsh skin products should be avoided for 1 week following treatment. Make-up and sunscreen may be applied at any time immediately following treatment.

What precautions should be taken after the Photo-Fraxional Peel laser?

Avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process and for at least 3 weeks after treatment. Wearing sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher twice a day is especially important. Wearing wide brimmed hats is highly recommended when out in the sun.   Naturally it is important to minimize sun damage in the future to prevent a recurrence of the same condition.

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