As human beings, we inevitably undergo the aging process. It is also almost impossible to avoid sun exposure as we have to go about our daily activities. However, one thing that gives us significant concern is how we can get and keep flawless skin. Well, the good news is that there is a way to get this done, known as the Fraxel laser treatment.
With this Fraxel laser treatment, you can achieve complete skin rejuvenation as this process can treat a variety of skin conditions in just a few sessions. Apart from having a clearer skin appearance, you will also make your skin look younger. If you think this treatment option is a good idea for you, here is a detailed guide on everything you need to know about Fraxel laser treatments.
What is Fraxel Laser?
Fraxel laser treatment refers to skin resurfacing laser treatment that treats the skin fraction by fraction through the us of microscopic laser columns. One impressive thing about Fraxel laser treatment is that it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s a trusted treatment technique for resurfacing of the skin, eliminating wrinkles, removing acne scarring, surgical scars, treating rhytids and reducing pigmentation caused by sun damage and age spots.
So, if you fall into any category of these skin conditions, you can opt for Fraxel laser. Melbourne is home to a lot of trusted clinics for this procedure, and one of them is ours.
There are two categories of Fraxel laser known as ablative and non-ablative treatments. It would be best if you opted for an ablative Fraxel laser to tackle skin conditions like acne scarring, wrinkles and severe pigmentation. However, this is a more aggressive form of treatment than non-ablative as it involves removing the top layer of the skin, vaporizing a chunk of the tissues in the dermis as well.
A downside to this treatment technique is that it has a longer recovery time, despite producing effective results after just a session. On the other hand, non-ablative treatments are a better option for those who prefer a less aggressive procedure and have mild skin conditions.
This treatment can be used for both prevention and maintenance, as it doesn’t have as much photodamage on the skin as the alternative option. With non-ablative Fraxel laser, only the deeper layers of the skin are involved, while the skin’s surface remains intact. It is also gentler and this could be the reason why you may need as many as five sessions at four weeks intervals to achieve your desired result.
How does Fraxel treatment work?
First, the Fraxel laser starts by creating microthermal zones far into your skin. The skin then repairs these zones by pushing out the sun-damaged skin in these zones and replacing them with new skin. It usually requires multiple sessions as one treatment can only successfully replace as much as 20% of your damaged skin.
The final stage is taken up by the body as this laser treatment triggers its natural healing process. This will, in turn, increase the production of collagen and healthy skin cells, leaving visible results for fine lines around your eyes and altogether smoother skin.
Should you go for Fraxel Laser treatment?
Well, If you have brown spots due to aging or the effects of the sun, wrinkles, acne scarring, surgery scars, melasma, or sun-damaged skin, then Fraxel laser treatment is for you. You can also use this treatment to improve your skin texture or the fine lines around your eyes.
It also has a mild effect on brown pigments but is not the ideal option for redness. So, be prepared to undergo a series of treatments, usually more than three sessions, at an interval of 4 weeks or more. Overall, this treatment produces results with minimal risk and discomfort.
What is the process of getting Fraxel laser treatments?
Of course, you have to book an appointment with your clinic first and arrive as early as two hours before your treatment. Your technician will ensure that the treatment area on your skin is clean enough for your procedure and apply a numbing cream. This will help in mitigating the effects of the lasers. You can relax with some music or a book while waiting for the effects of the numbing cream to kick in.
Your technician will leave this on for about an hour before removal. Depending on the generation of Fraxel laser, your technician could apply a blue dye. The next step is moving over to the laser room where you will sit comfortably while they rub in a thin layer of gel. The entire treatment process should take a minimum of one hour for a full face procedure.
When it comes to discomfort during laser treatments, there is no one-size-fits-all feeling. It could be mild or moderate. However, you would feel a sensation like pricking pins while you are in the treatment room which could be as long as 3 hours. Fraxel laser does not affect your ability to drive, so it’s okay to drive to and from your appointments.
Is Fraxel treatment expensive?
Expensive, in this scenario, is relative. However, one thing to note is that the cost of getting Fraxel treatment depends on many different factors. It varies by how large the skin area you are treating is, the clinic you visit, and where you live. So, some clinics are cheaper than others.
However, a full face Fraxel treatment usually falls within the range of $800 and $1500. If you were to include your eyelid, that could be as high as $2000. So, the best option is to request a specific quote from the clinic you are interested in to get a more detailed response on how much your procedure would cost. You could call these prices expensive though; after all, no one said getting rid of those fine lines would be a piece of cake.
Fractional laser or Fraxel dual?
Fraxel dual usually has two lasers with different wavelengths. It is more effective than the fractional laser in treating brown sun spots and other pigmentation. It is also an ideal option for larger areas on the skin like the back, arms and chest. However, Fraxel would be your choice if you are not a fan of ablative treatment.
How long does Fraxel laser last?
Your skin can continue to look amazing for up to a year, but that will also depend on your natural aging process and how much you protect your skin from the sun. You can keep your skin looking good for a more extended period by applying sunscreen to cushion the effects of potential sun damage. If you must spend some time at the beach, wear protective clothing that protects your body from its harsh rays.
It is also advisable to avoid tanning booths or to stay outdoors longer than necessary. With all these protective tips, you should be able to maintain your skin for a very long time before starting your next Fraxel laser treatment.
Who should avoid laser treatments?
If you have terrible acne, you can opt for laser treatments but under the condition that you don’t use medications that increase photosensitivity. Also, laser treatments are not the right options for pregnant women, those with bleeding disorders, or anyone that uses anticoagulants.
Does this laser treatment have side effects?
These are not too different from what we mentioned earlier. You may experience sunburn blisters, the occasional bruise, crusting, accentuation of brown spots, redness, and temporary swelling. However, this should not be a massive cause for concern as they mostly clear away within a month, leaving you with beautiful skin.
You don’t have to fight a constant battle with acne as Fraxel laser treatment can help you take care of it with no worries.
Fraxel Before and After
Immediately after the procedure, your skin will look red and not very pleasant to the eye. It’s okay to add some makeup to cover this up when your doctor says it’s okay. This redness will fade within two to three days. On rare occasions, it could take longer while being accompanied by bruising, which could stay as long as two weeks. You will experience a sunburn feeling on your skin for the first 24 hours after your Fraxel laser treatment.
To help lessen this effect, use icepacks on the tender area for about ten minutes per hour. This will continue for up to six hours after treatment. Within the first few days of your laser treatment, your skin will acquire a bronzed look that can last for as long as two weeks. It may also exfoliate and flake a little. However, a moisturizer can take care of these dry flakes easily.
Don’t forget that optimal results are possible when you undergo several treatment sessions. While some people may want to get back to their normal activities immediately after the treatment, it is advisable to take the rest of the day off. Use your day off to take proper care of the treated area and expect to be back to all your regular activities within seven days.
Within a week of getting your first Fraxel treatment, you will notice your acne gradually leaving your face and your skin starts to feel smoother. To avoid acne scarring, do not pick, scratch, or touch the affected area no matter how much it itches or stings. Do not go swimming in a chlorinated pool within the first three weeks of getting your laser treatment, as this could have drastic effects. Also, although your results will depend on your specific skin condition, most people start seeing their skin is no longer blotchy but is now glowing.
When you are ready to begin exercising, you can do this outside with sunscreen and a full brimmed hat. To ensure everything is okay, wait about a month before heading out to reunions, weddings, or taking family pictures.