The hand-held fractional laser technology delivers tiny pinpoints of laser light to the skin. Hundreds or thousands of laser pinpoints may be used per square inch, leaving healthy skin between the treated areas. Fraxel laser is non-invasive, and non-ablative technology that can target skin at specific depths, while leaving the top layers of skin intact, reducing downtime and promoting rapid healing.
The Fraxel Dual is two skin lasers in one: one side of the laser (the Fraxel 1550) treats deep skin issues like fine lines, acne scarring, stretch marks and melasma, while the others side (the Fraxel 1927) is an effective treatment for actinic keratosis and sun damage.
BENEFITS OF FRAXEL ® LASER
Fraxel Dual improves many skin texture and pigment conditions, resulting in younger, healthier looking skin.
- Fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Some types of melasma
- Actinic Keratosis
- Sun damage in medium to light coloured skin clients
- Wrinkles around the eyes
- Stretch marks
Collagen growth can continue to improve for up to 6 months after your treatment.
BEFORE THE TREATMENT
Avoid the following activities and medications as indicated:
Accutane or drugs in a similar class, 6 months prior to treatment
Active tanning/UV exposure, within last 2 weeks
Use of topical retinoids or retinol, 2 weeks prior to treatment
Prescribed anticoagulant medications (blood thinners), or non-prescription medication that can affect coagulation, such as Aspirin, Advil (or ibuprofen), Tylenol (or acetaminophen), or Aleve (Naproxen). If you are uncertain, ask your specialist if any medication or herbal supplement you use or have used recently is a blood thinner.
What happens during treatment?
Depending on what skin condition is being treated, you may be given medications to help you relax and make you more comfortable. A topical numbing cream will be applied and left on for 1 hour while the medication takes effect. During the Fraxel treatment, your eyes are covered by eye shields. A technician will roll the hand-held Fraxel laser head back and forth over your skin. You may feel moderate prickling and heat, which is relieved by a cold air blower. You’ll also hear the Fraxel laser beeping in the background.
Treatment time: approximately 1 hour.
Treated skin will be pink to red and your skin may be slightly swollen, particularly around the eyes. Cold gel packs and an antihistamine are usually enough to relieve this discomfort. The after-treatment redness turns to a light bronze colour over the course of a few days, when peeling will also begin and should resolve in about 1 week.
You can resume normal activities immediately, though some people take 1-week social downtime until peeling and redness resolve.
Once you are home, you may use cold gel packs to help soothe and calm the treated skin.
Apply the moisturizer you were provided as often as needed.
You may take an antihistamine such as Reactine if needed.
Although your skin will be dry and tender, pain medication will not be necessary post-treatment.
Let peeling and exfoliation happen naturally (do not scratch or peel).
Do not use any kind of scrub or products with exfoliating ingredients until your skin is completely healed (approximately 2 weeks).
Use an SPF 50 sunblock daily. Stay out of direct sun for 1 month.
HOW MANY FRAXEL® TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
4 treatments are recommended to start, but there is no limit to the number of Fraxel treatments you can have to improve your skin.
The number of treatments you’ll need for optimal results depends on your skin type and what you are trying to improve. Darker skin tones require multiple low-level treatments to ensure safety. Skin conditions such as wrinkles or acne scarring require multiple treatments at higher levels.