Your questions about Fraxel laser treatment answered
Since first entering the market in the early 2000’s, Fraxel (or fractional laser) has become one of the most popular laser skin resurfacing treatments across the globe.
Versatile enough to treat everything from deep lines and wrinkles, age spots and freckles to hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage, seborrheic warts and uneven skin texture, it has become the go-to laser skin rejuvenation treatment to address a long list of skin conditions.
Producing thousands of tiny laser beams that can penetrate into the middle layer of skin, Fraxel works to remove damaged tissue. It also prompts the regrowth of fresh, healthy skin and triggers the production of collagen to firm and tighten the skin’s surface.
If you’re keen to find out more about Fraxel laser skin resurfacing, here we answer some common questions about the treatment.
Can Fraxel treat acne scars?
Fraxel is considered to be one of the best laser skin treatments on the market to treat scars, including mild to moderate scars caused by acne. Depending on the severity of the scaring, multiple treatments may be required to achieve the best result.
Will my skin appear tighter after Fraxel?
Yes—Fraxel encourages the production of collagen which restores skin elasticity and results in smoother, firmer skin.
Does Fraxel work on dark skin?
Unlike some other laser skin treatments, the Fraxel Dual laser can be used to safely treat conditions like scars and hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones. While laser treatment can cause the skin to darken after treatment, using a topical therapy like hydroquinone can supress pigment making cells to prevent pigment production.
Does Fraxel hurt?
A topical anaesthetic is applied before treatment with Fraxel laser to minimise any discomfort during the procedure. Following the procedure, most patients feel a sensation similar to sunburn which usually subsides in a couple of days.
How long does Fraxel treatment take?
Treatment generally takes around one hour—around 30 minutes for the topical anesthetic to take effect then 20-30 minutes for the treatment itself.
How many Fraxel treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required can vary between patients and the type of skin condition you’re treating. Many patients wanting to treat hyperpigmentation are able to see a visible improvement from a single Fraxel treatment alone, while treatment of other conditions like deep lines and wrinkles or scars may require up to six sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve the best result.
How much downtime will I need after Fraxel?
It is common for patients to experience mild swelling, redness, flaking and peeling following treatment with Fraxel. Generally, you’ll need to allow around one week for these signs to subside.
How does Fraxel compare to other laser treatments?
The effectiveness of Fraxel compared to other laser treatments will largely depend on the skin condition you want to treat.
Fraxel laser is most praised for its ability to treat damaged skin tissue, making it an ideal treatment option to treat sun damage/hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and scars.
If you’re unsure which laser skin treatment is right for you, it may help to read this previous blog or to book a consultation with a ME Clinic specialist who can recommend the laser that will be most effective at treating your individual skin condition.
How should I care for my skin after Fraxel laser treatment?
There are a few things you can do to aid your recovery following Fraxel treatment including:
- Soothe any swelling with cold compresses or ice packs.
- Keep the skin clean and hydrated by washing with warm water and regularly using a gentle facial moisturiser.
- Always apply sunscreen before going outdoors.
- Avoid facial hair removal during the first few weeks following treatment.
How much does Fraxel cost?
At Me Clinic, a single treatment session with Fraxel laser costs $1,150.
Contact us to find out more or to book a Fraxel consultation with a Me Clinic aesthetician.