Fraxel Laser for Sun Damage

Cutis Clinic is the only Brisbane dermatology clinic that performs both 1927 and 1550 Fraxel laser treatments. Fraxel laser can be used to improve skin texture, decrease wrinkling, improve skin tone and decrease skin pigmentation. In specialist hands, Fraxel treats sunspots and sun damage. The advantage of Fraxel laser over other sun damage treatment is that downtime is minimal and there is the added benefit of skin age reversal.

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  • Solar keratosis or sunspots present as red-brown, rough, scaly and persistent patches on the face, chest and back of the hands
  • Sunspots have the potential to be cancerous; risk of malignity varies from 2-5%
  • Sunspots increase and worsen over time
  • Numerous creams are used to treat sunspots; however, creams are associated with significant downtime of up to 4 weeks
  • Fraxel laser has been shown to improve solar keratosis by up to 85% in a single treatment
  • Patients with extensive sun damage may require additional treatments
  • Downtime following Fraxel sunspot treatment is 4-7 days
  • Fraxel addresses pre-cancerous solar keratosis
  • Fraxel treats signs of  skin ageing  through reducing pigmentation and facial lines
  • Fraxel laser can improve skin texture and tone in the face, neck, chest and arms

Sun damage can manifest as sun spots (solar keratoses) – rough, dry, red, often scaly areas on the face, hands and chest. These areas are pre-cancerous. Sunspots usually worsen over time. The risk of developing certain skin cancers can be proportional to the number of solar keratoses on the skin.

Recent studies have shown that a clearance rate of 60-85% can be expected after a single Fraxel laser treatment.

Your dermatologist will help you determine the most effective treatment for your type of sun damage.

One Fraxel session  can be extremely successful in decreasing sunspot numbers. This treatment is very well tolerated and on average requires only 30 minutes to perform. It is also elatively painless with healing occuring within seven days of treatment.  Another positive effect is skin rejuvenation caused by a decrease in pigmentation, liver spots, and fine wrinkles.

There may be some very mild discomfort associated with this treatment.  However, this is very successfully managed by various means of pain relief including anaesthetic creams.

Fraxel 1927 treatments are very effective; however, as with all other treatments for sun damage and sunspots this procedure may need to be repeated every 3-10 years.

For mild to moderate sun damage: one treatment to improve solar damage by 60-85%

For moderate to severe sun damage: two treatments to improve solar damage by 60-85%

*Your dermatologist will advise you as to the number of treatments you may require.

The positive effects (decrease in sun damage) of Fraxel are variable and dependent upon genetic factors, previous sun exposure and future sun exposure. Most patients enjoy lasting results for 3-10 years. This procedure can be repeated.

Fraxel laser treatment, when performed correctly, is a comfortable experience. Pain is minimal, especially as we apply a medical-grade aneasthetic cream before treatment. Fraxel takes approximately 20-40 minutes to perform, depending on the to-be-treated areas.

Fraxel downtime is 4-7 days. Your skin will be swollen from day 2-3, and then peel between days 3-6. Most patients are comfortable to commence daily activities from day 3. You must refrain from exercise for at least 5 days after Fraxel 1927 treatment.

Fraxel 1927 treatment will give you excellent improvements in the appearance of sunspots with minimal downtime and additional skin rejuvenation. Patients should be aware of alternative treatments and their pros and cons:

Treatment Downtime Cost   Limitations Advantages Extra information
Fraxel 1927 4-7 days price list Cost; may need two procedures damage is severe One-off treatment, 7 d. downtime Aids skin rejuvenation
Efudix 25-28 days price list Long downtime, follow-up mid treatment Cost effective, works well Best option if downtime is not an issue
PDT –photodynamic therapy 7-8 days price list Cost Little downtime, effective, one-off application Great for smaller areas of sun damage like upper lip
Picato Gel 5-7 days price list Cost; inflammation Short downtime Needs medical monitoring
Aldara 4-8 weeks price list Long treatment regime Possibly less skin reactions, good clearance rate Limited use in our practice

Please contact us for our pricing information.

The best treatment will depend on your downtime availability, sun damage severity, additional skin rejuvenation requests, convenience and budget constraints. We do not suggest Fraxel as the only treatment for solar keratoses; however, it has significant advantages over other treatments. A discussion with your Cutis Clinic specialist dermatologist will provide the right solution for your situation.

Fraxel laser has an excellent clearance rate for solar keratosis and sunspots. In most cases patients will only require one 1927 Fraxel treatment. Severe cases of sun damage may require 2-3 sessions.

The advantages of Fraxel over creams and or Photodynamic Therapy are:

  • Downtime of less than a week
  • Painless treatment – PDT can be painful.
  • In most cases only one treatment of Fraxel laser is enough. Creams are zpplied for up to 12 weeks
  • Healing begins immediately. Creams takes days to weeks to work

The additional cosmetic benefits of Fraxel are undeniable – patients will enjoy significant reduction in uneven colouration, facial pigmentation and fine lines. Further treatments improve skin tone and the appearance of deep wrinkles.

Full-face Fraxel Please contact us for pricing. 
Face and scalp Fraxel Please contact us for pricing.
Face and chest Fraxel Please contact us for pricing.
Fraxel Package Please contact us for pricing.

 

*** Fraxel is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance, even as treatment for pre-cancerous sun spots. PDT may be partially covered by private health insurance and is fully covered under the DVA.

No. Private insurance and Medicare do not cover any procedural treatment for sunspots and solar damage. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the only institution that covers procedural management of sun damage using PDT or photodynamic therapy devices.

  • Fraxel 1927 provides an excellent method of treating sunspots at a reasonable price
  • Downtime is 5 – 7 days
  • Skin rejuvenation is an additional feature of Fraxel 1927 treatment
  • Side effects are minimal when applied in a specialist setting with appropriate follow-up
  • Patients experience a sunspot reduction of 60-80% after a single treatment
  • Fraxel can be used on the face, scalp, chest, and hands
  • For smaller, more focal areas of sun damage, photorejuvenation may be a suitable option

Fraxel laser has revolutionized cosmetic skin treatment during the past 7 years. The latest available wavelength, the 1927, has proven to be an excellent method for the treatment of sunspots or solar keratoses. Clearance rates of up to 85% can be expected with a single treatment. The advantage of Fraxel in the treatment of solar keratosis is that downtime is minimal and skin ageing processes are also addressed.

In patients with mild sun damage, one treatment is enough. Patients with moderate to severe solar damage and keratosis will probably need additional treatments. An assessment and discussion with your Cutis Clinic specialist will allow you to consider the best solutions for your sun-damaged skin.