What Is the Photo-Fraxional laser?

The Photo-Fraxional laser is a combination treatment of our two most popular and effective treatments, namely dual-filter intense pulsed light (IPL) and the Fraxel Re:store. The dual-filter IPL specifically targets superficial pigment, redness, and capillaries while the deeper Fraxel Re:store is used to improve texture, fine lines and scars. Combining these two different and powerful lasers allows maximal resolution of pigment and colour changes in the skin and visible blood vessels, as well as tightening and refining of the skin texture. Never before have we been able to target all these issues in a single treat-ment with such safety.

Who can benefit from the Photo-Fraxional 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 combi-nation 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.

How Long Will It Take To Heal?

This treatment will result in significant bronzing of the skin and darkening of pigmentation. Your skin will therefore look quite ‘dirty’ as this pigmentation is removed from the surface. After approximately 3 days you will likely experience some peeling which may continue for a further 3 to 4 days. Swelling associated with the procedure will likely last for up to four days, and there will be some residual pinkness to the healing skin for sometimes up to two weeks. We suggest that the social downtime for this procedure could be as long as one week. However, because the skin will remain intact (that is, there should be weeping or scabbing of the skin), then it is possible to wear makeup to cover up the pigmentation as it resolves.

Is The Procedure Painful?

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. 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

What Are The Side Effects?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with laser skin resurfacing. The main risk associated with the Photo-Fraxional 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 improve-ment 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 tab-lets 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. 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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