Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Why do you think the Kim Kardashians' of this world absolutley love this treatment.....because it works! It keeps on working long after your treatment plan is finished and you're in a maintenance programme. What is there not to love.....!
What is Fractionated Laser Therapy?
Fraxel™ is the name of a particular brand of laser that uses light wavelengths within the fractionated light spectrum. The brand Fraxel™ have various lasers that treat an array of skin complications but here at 'The Laser & Skin Clinic' we have the 1540 Starlux 500.
Unlike other laser treatments, fractioned laser treatment precisely treats thousands of microscopic areas of skin using pinpoint laser beams that penetrate beneath the skin's surface. It creates microscopic zones of thermal injury in both the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and dermis (the second layer) but leaves the surrounding islands of tissue undamaged. These microthermal zones stimulate the body's own natural healing process which eliminates old, damaged cells and stimulates the formation of new collagen (the main support structure of skin). Whereas traditional resurfacing lasers stripped the entire skin surface, fractional treatments target between 5 and 35% of the surface, leaving the remainder available to rapidly heal the treated areas.
Fractional laser therapy can be used to treat:
- Acne scarring
- Surgical scars
- Stretch marks
- Age spots, patchy pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles (including around the eyes)
- Skin tone and texture on the face, neck, chest and hands
- 'Open pores'
- Sun spots or solar keratoses
- Resistant melasma ('mask of pregnancy')
- Under eye dark circles
What is the downtime?
It depends on the levels that are used, generally on the first treatment most people would have to hibernate for about 3 to 4 days. It varies a little bit depending on the wavelengths used, for the deeper treatments it's more of a red swollen sunburnt look and usually that will last for a maximum of a week, but you can put make up on top of it, so generally after 3 to 4 days, depending on the strength we use, people can go back to work with make-up on.
Is it painful?
Treatments can be performed under a topical anesthetic, have a reduced risk of complications and have a much faster healing time than traditional resurfacing lasers. It is also safe to use in patients with darker skin types and on sensitive areas such as the neck and chest. As it is gentler than the traditional 'stripping' lasers, multiple treatments are usually required.
A consultation will determine whether you will benefit from fractionaed laser therapy, and the likely cosmetic outcome, number of treatments and potential side effects will be explained. Many patients elect to have treatments on a Friday, allowing some recovery time over the weekend, as there is a degree of redness and swelling.
How many treatments do you recommend?
Desired outcomes are typically reached in multiple treatments but we usually recommend a minimum of 3. The specific number of treatments is tailored to your goals and desired results as well as your lifestyle. We will work with you to identify the appropriate level of treatment and your preferred downtime.
Can anyone have the treatment, including children?
It is uncomforatble therefore we generally use an anaesthetic cream, so children would really struggle to tolerate it, but anything from teenage years onwards. We get a lot of teenagers with acne scarring and we get patients all the way up to the age of 86 getting photo rejuvenation. The main age bracket probably lies somewhere between 30 to 60 years.
How long do the results last?
The results are both immediate and progressive. Soon after the treatment, the surface of your skin will feel softer and smoother, look brighter and show a more even tone. The next 3 to 6 months will bring more improvement as the deeper layers of the skin continue to create new collagen. Results are long lasting depending on your lifestyle, age, skin condition and skin care regime.
Would that be a one-off treatment?
Yes, but patients like to come back once a year, or once every two years, to have a full face treatment just to clear everything up again.
Is this a suitable treatment for men?
Absolutley. More and more men are taking care of their skin, and why shouldn't they? We all want to look and feel our best, why should men be any different?
Fractional Laser Light Therapy
- Consultation – 35.00 refundable against treatment
- Per Area – 115.00
- Lower Face; Cheeks, Jawline & Neck – 175.00
- Decolletage – 395.00
- Under Eye (Dark Circles) – 95.00
- Full Face – 310.00
20% discount is applied to multiple sessions