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Fraxel is a non-invasive laser therapy providing a wide array of treatment options to address many forms of aging, customized to each patient’s needs and concerns, many requiring minimal recovery time. It’s the perfect solution for people who want their skin to look younger, and can’t afford a lot of time away from work or their social life.
Fraxel is the pioneer of “fractional photothermolysis”, a technology in which thousands of microscopic laser columns – each just one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle – treat a fraction of the skin at a time without affecting the surrounding tissue. These laser columns stimulate the production of younger, smoother, healthier skin to replace damaged tissue.
Fraxel laser addresses different skin problems like signs of aging (age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, visible photoaging, sagging skin), skin pigmentation (melasma, brown spots, birthmarks), scars (acne, postsurgical, post traumatic), actinic keratosis and stretch marks.
It is also used to improve skin tightening and texture and to rejuvenate the skin of the neck, chest and hands, as well as to improve loose skin and wrinkles around the eyes.
What is so unique about Fraxel Laser?
By fractionally treating skin in specific areas, while leaving some skin unaffected nearby, Fraxel allows for an easier and less invasive procedure. Fraxel laser usually treats only up to 5% – 45% of an area, leaving the remaining 55% – 95% of the area untouched which allows the skin to heal faster with minimized side effects from the laser.
With this approach to skin rejuvenation, the body’s healing response is enhanced and new collagen develops. Fraxel is a balanced laser treatment with the high effectiveness of more invasive laser treatments while having shorter recovery times and fewer side effects.
How does Fraxel Laser work?
Fraxel is an advanced technology – but how it works shouldn’t be a mystery. Here are some details on the treatment and the science behind it. Remember, every patient’s circumstances are different, so for specifics, it’s best to talk to your Doctor.
What is Fraxel Laser effective on?
Fine lines and wrinkles – like crow’s feet and brow lines
Surface scarring – erasing effects of acne and other scarring
Pigmentation – minimizing the appearance of age spots
Sun damage – helping heal dangerous skin damage
Actinic Keratosis (AK) – a common pre-cancerous skin condition
What can I expect during Fraxel Laser treatment?
Fraxel Laser treatments usually last between 15 – 45 minutes, and most patients see the best results with 1 – 5 Fraxel laser treatments.
The Fraxel laser heats up the skin and so you will feel heat and a prickly sensation. The intensity of heat will depend on the Fraxel laser used and the aggressiveness of the treatment. Most Fraxel patients report the sensation of a “light sunburn” immediately after treatment.
What will I look right after Fraxel laser treatment and how long will I take to heal?
During the first 24 hours after treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned. Ice packs or frozen peas are used 5-10 minutes per hour for the first 5-6 hours after the treatment.
Your skin will look very red immediately after the treatment and will fade over the next 1-3 days. Usually you can go back to normal activities including work, with make-up, within 1-3 days. Occasionally, the redness may take longer to resolve.
Make-up can be worn to reduce the red. Rarely, bruising may develop, which can take up to two weeks to resolve. Allow 2-3 weeks for weddings, reunions, family pictures, etc just to be safe.
Within a few days after each treatment, a “bronzed” look to the skin is common, which can last 1-2 weeks. Your skin may flake and exfoliate a little. Using a moisturizer will help reduce the appearance of dry flakes.
Remember, it will take several treatments to obtain optimal results.
How can I care for my skin after Fraxel treatment?
If possible, try to avoid direct sunlight. Otherwise, use wide-brimmed hats to protect your skin from the sun.
Be sure to use sunscreen at least twice daily to protect your skin from sun exposure during both the healing phase and for several months after treatment.
Your doctor may also prescribe some anti-redness creams to speed up your healing process.
How long does Fraxel laser take to work?
Many people notice results within 1 to 3 weeks after their first treatment. Their skin feels smoother, looks less blotchy, and has a glow to it.
The results depend on what your issue is that you want treated. If you are doing a series, you may need to wait the full length of the series, which can be 5-6 months, to see the complete and best results. Usually, collagen will continue to develop even up to 3-6 months after your last treatment.
What are the different Fraxel lasers in Singapore?
The Fraxel family of products in Singapore has three treatments, all delivering remarkable results safely with fast recovery. The three Fraxel treatments fall into two categories:
Fraxel re:fine® treatment—for prevention and maintenance
Fraxel 1550 treatment—for mild to severe skin damage
Fraxel 1927 treatment—for mild to severe skin damage
As non-ablative laser treatments, Fraxel non-ablative treatments can improve mild to moderate skin damage with little to no downtime.
Fraxel re:pair® SST treatment—for the correction of moderate-severe photoaging, usually in a single treatment
Fraxel re:pair SST treatment is a revolutionary new way to address the most severe signs of skin damage—without the degree of risks, complications and prolonged downtime of other ablative laser procedures.
Fraxel re:pair SST treatment uses a high-intensity carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to vaporize unwanted tissue, but thanks to pioneered fractional technology, the treatment delivers dramatic results with significantly faster recovery time than non-fractional treatments—all in 1-2 treatments.
How is Fraxel laser different from other laser skin rejuvenation procedures?
Traditionally, two kinds of laser treatment have been available for cosmetic skin treatment: ablative and non-ablative. Typical ablative treatments, which use a high temperature to vaporize unwanted tissue, can be effective—but with significant side effects and several weeks of recovery time.
Non-ablative treatments, meanwhile, have very few side effects and low downtime, but they commonly require numerous treatments to produce more modest results.
Fraxel laser treatment delivers the potency of ablative treatments with the gentle safety of non-ablative lasers. So you get the best of both worlds: dramatic results and less downtime.