The Cosmetic and Laser and Medical Centres pride themselves on taking full advantage of the latest available technology and the Fraxel laser system is one of the most exciting developments in recent years. The Fraxel laser system is a fractional laser and compared to earlier, ablative laser systems, the new Fraxel enhanced laser technology means shorter treatment times, decreased costs, less downtime and less discomfort. Fraxel laser technology represents very significant advantages for patients who are looking for corrective laser treatment to deal with wrinkles, blemishes,pigmentation, scars or overall rejuvenation of the face.
How do fractional lasers function?
Fractional lasers work by treating the skin using micro-pulses of light. These pulses of light stimulate the production of new collagen. The fractional lasers will target tiny cones of tissue (called Micro Thermal Zones or MTZ’s), leaving areas of normal tissue between these cones unaffected. This provides the great benefit of combining an extremely effective treatment with particularly rapid healing and reduced risk.
Why use Fraxel fractional lasers?
The latest Fraxel laser, called the FRAXEL DUAL
employs two wavelengths of light viz 1550 nanometres
and 1927 nanometres. Each different wavelength is
suited to the treatment of different skin
conditions. The 1550 nanometre wavelength provides
efficient delivery of energy with a depth
penetration of up to 1400 microns(1.4mm) making it
ideal for the treatment of deep problems such as
scarring especially acne scarring. The 1927
nanometre wavelength penetrates more superficially
before the laser energy is absorbed by the skin
making this wavelength particularly useful for the
treatment of superficial pigmentation, wrinkles and
The Fraxel laser is particularly safe and has a proven track record with more than 3000 doctors around the world having treated more than 80,000 patients.
What can the Fraxel laser treat?
The Fraxel laser is used to treat acne scarring,
reverse the signs of ageing, repair sun-damaged skin
and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. In some cases,
stretchmarks and surgical scars can also be
significantly improved by the Fraxel laser. The
Fraxel laser also treats discolouration due to
ageing skin as well as sunspots due to excessive sun
exposure. The FRAXEL can also help to control
melasma, a common hormonal pigmentation problem. As
Melasma can involve both deep and superficial
pigment, it is an example of a condition in which we
can use both of the FRAXEL laser wavelengths for
Using lasers like Fraxel for rejuvenating the skin is one of the most sought after treatments available for those who want to make their skin look and feel younger.
How long do treatments take?
We perform the treatment in our clinic rooms with the time it takes depending on the size of the area treated. Most treatments take no more than 30 minutes and afterwards, the patient can resume their normal activity.
Is the process painful?
The process is not painful and Fraxel laser is very well tolerated. It can still be felt but a topical anaesthetic cream will be applied 60 minutes before treatment to minimise any discomfort.
What occurs after treatment?
The procedure does not remove any of the outer skin layer so you can quickly resume normal activities. The area of the skin which is being treated will have a pinkish colour for up to a week in most circumstances. Swelling can occur but it is typically very minor and disappears after a couple of days.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatment required depends on the specific problem being treated. It also depends on the level of improvement that the patient wants. Normally, between three and six treatments about four weeks apart are required for optimal results. Collagen is stimulated and the results are progressive and beneficial effects are accumulated over several months after every treatment.
System type: Erbium and Thullium lasers
Wavelengths: 1550 nm, 1927 nm
A pulse repetition rate: Up to 3000 MTZs per second
Pulse energy: 4 to 6 mj per MTZ
Microscopic treatment zone: Varies depending on pulse energy and the level of treatment required. After 1000 MTZ/cm per pass
Skin cooling: Cold air system, Zimmer Cryo 6
Manufacturer: The Fraxel laser is made by Reliant Technologies, a company based in the United States. More information can be found at www.fraxel.com