Skin rejuvenation techniques have been revolutionized by the safe and effective Fraxel Laser Resurfacing device. Cutis Clinic is proud to own the Fraxel Dual which offers two wavelengths: 1927nm and 1550nm. This range gives our dermatologists and registered nurses the flexibility to treat superficial skin conditions such as skin ageing, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and rejuvenation of the neck and arms. Yet is also allows us to improve deeper conditions including acne scarring, surgical scars and facial lines.
We conduct Fraxel treatments at a specialist level; this means that each treatment is tailored according to your skin condition, skin type and available downtime.
- Fraxel uses microscopic filters that direct laser energy to predetermined depths and areas of the skin
- Depending on the wavelength, conditions such as pigmentation, wrinkles, acne scarring and sunspots can be treated
- Our specialists personalise each Fraxel treatment according to your skin type, available downtime and skin condition
- In many cases, only one treatment is required for the desired outcome
- Post Fraxel downtime varies between 3-7 days
- Fraxel 1927nm is used for light sun damage and solar keratosis
- Fraxel 1550nm is used for sever sun damage, facial lines and scarring
- We often combine multiple lasers in a single session to achieve the very best, safe results
- Assessment by a laser dermatologist or registered nurse prior to treatment ensures correct planning and expectations
Fraxel uses fractional laser technology to target damaged areas of the skin with microscopic laser columns. The depth, coverage and intensity of Fraxel can all be controlled by your treating laser specialist.
As Fraxel only treats a fraction of tissue, it leaves microscopic gaps between healthy tissue, the presence of which promotes superficial skin healing for less downtime. In comparison with ablative lasers, downtime is minimal. Laser energy stimulates your body’s natural healing process, replacing damaged cells, scar tissue and old collagen with fresh, glowing and healthy tissues.
In short, Fraxel laser treatments replace old skin with new and kick start your skin’s rejuvenation process.
Cutis Clinic is home to a Fraxel dual laser which has the ability to produce wavelengths of 1927 and 1550nm. This gives our professional laser specialists the flexibility they need to treat the wide range of skin conditions described below.
Sun damage and skin ageing
Fraxel Laser Resurfacing removes sunspots, hyperpigmentation and facial lines. The texture of your skin will be enhanced and make your complexion fresh and glowing . This type of treatment requires a combination of 1927nm and 1550nm wavelengths.
Facial lines and skin laxity
The 1550nm Fraxel suits deeper facial lines and wrinkles and decreased skin tone. In this setting, Fraxel treatment needs a longer downtime compared to the more superficial 1927nm Fraxel setting.
Fraxel is a great treatment for acne scars. We combine Fraxel with multiple treatments for toptimal results. The 1550nm Fraxel setting works best for acne scarring.
Freckles and sun damage are safely and effectively treated at a single session. Please note: As dermatologists, we do not recommend Fraxel as first-line treatment for melasma (a unique form of facial pigmentation).
Rejuvenation of the hands and arms
Fraxel can dramatically decrease sun spots, liver spots and other signs of skin ageing on the hands and forearms.
*We combine Fraxel 1927 with Q-switch ND:YAG laser as this gives superior results when compared to Fraxel alone. This procedure is often split into two sittings to ensure optimal results.
Rejuvenation of the chest and neck
Fraxel is one of the safest and most effective treatments for the chest and neck. We combine Fraxel laser with the VBeam (vascular) laser for enhanced results. Fraxel not only improves pigmentation but also tightens skin of the neck and chest.
*Chest and neck areas may need more than one treatment to achieve the best results, depending on your age and degree of sun damage.
*As specialists, we have the expertise to successfully combine various other laser treatments with Fraxel laser in ta single appointment. This ensures our individual patients achieve the best possible results.
The best method for acne scar revision is not necessarily laser treatment. As specialist dermatologists, we are taught to revise scars based upon acne scar type, skin type and patient downtime.
Here is a list of other techniques that supersede lasers for specific acne scar treatment:
- Deep or ice pick scars should always be raised before laser treatment. Procedures such as punch excision and TCA-Cross are far more superior when compared to Fraxel or even fully ablative lasers
- Puckered or tethered anchored scars should be treated with a specialised technique known as subscision
- Deep depressions and atrophic scars are best treated with a combination of lasers and dermal fillers
- Lumpy scars, most common on the back, chest, shoulders and jawline, are best treated with a series of corticosteroid injections
However, laser treatment can be the best method for the removal of box-car scars, mild atrophic scars and raised ice pick scars. Most patients will have a mixture of acne scars. This means that laser is just another potential method readily available in our extensive tool kit that helps us the job done. In 90% of cases, it’s the experience of the operator and not the tool that gets the best result.
Finding a specialist skilled in all aspects of acne scar revision will give you the very best results possible. You are guaranteed to find one at Cutis Clinic.
Results can be seen after a single Fraxel treatment, dependent on the area and type of condition being treated. This will be evident as your skin starts to heal at around day 5. Your skin will look cleaner, fresher and clearer, with less spots and pigmentation. Your skin texture and tone will continue to improve over the following weeks.
Greater enhancement can be obtained with a second or third treatment. Combination treatments such as Pulse-Fraxel provide outstanding results within a week of treatment. Alternatively, combinations of Fraxel with VBeam or Q-Switch ND:Yag may be advised for your specific condition.
Fraxel treatment, when performed correctly, should be comfortable. Pain is minimal as we apply local anaesthetic cream one hour prior to treatment. The Fractal device is fitted with a Zimmer cooler to make the procedure more tolerable. The treatment takes approximately 20-40 minutes to perform, depending on the treated area(s).
If pain is experienced during the procedure you should let your treating specialist know so that pain relief can be immediately arranged.
- After Fraxel treatment, your skin will be red for 24-48 hours. Deeper treatments can lead to slight swelling. Peeling starts after 3-4 days and recovery is well underway by day 5-7. Most patients are comfortable to perform their daily duties from day 3. You should refrain from exercise for 7 days after Fraxel treatment. Sunscreen and make-up can be worn once the skin has fully healed at around 7 days post-treatment.
- You should arrange transportation from clinic to home with a relative or friend
At Cutis Clinic, your laser session is conducted to the highest specialist medical and operational standards.
Aftercare is an important part of Fraxel treatment. You will be provided with a healing balm and cleanser and advised to wash your face twice a day and moisturize at least 3-4 times a day. Excess heat should be avoided, and keep well out of the sun for 7 days. Exercise should be restricted for 7 days, depending on the Fraxel wavelength. You will also be given a sunscreen which should be applied from the 5th to 7th day after the procedure.
Fraxel treatment is a safe option for the treatment of suitable skin conditions such as acne scarring, sunspots, sun damage and skin ageing. This treatment has been backed by extensive research. As a specialist clinic we assess our patients on an individual basis, diagnosing and treating skin conditions appropriately. All treatments at Cutis Clinic are performed by specialist dermatologists and registered nurses.
Side effects associated with this laser, especially when in expert hands like ours, are rare. As with any laser procedure, potential risks may affect your downtime. Your Cutis specialist will discuss these risks based upon your skin type and skin condition.
Potential complications of Fraxel treatment include the following:
- Infection – Rare, < 2% chance. If you have a history of cold sores you maybe required to take anti-viral medication prior to Fraxel treatment. Always notify your specialist if you have a history of cold sores
- Skin colour changes – lightening or darkening of skin. Rare in caucasian skin types, more commonly seen in darker-skinned patients
- Scarring – a very rare complication. More commonly seen on the chest and neck area. *We recommend multiple, conservative treatments of the chest and neck areas to lower the risk of scarring
Delayed healing and redness can occur after Fraxel treatment. Areas such as the face heal much more rapidly compared to the neck, chest and arms. Feel free to discuss your particular treatment plan with any of our specialists.
Please attend an initial free consultation with one of our trained registered nurses to determine if you are suitable for Fraxel treatment. Please contact us for pricing information.
No. Private insurance and Medicare do not cover Fraxel laser treatments.
Cutis Clinic is a specialist dermatology centre in Brisbane. Unlike beauty spas or cosmetic clinics, we recommend that patients are thoroughly assessed by a registered nurse or dermatologist before being given the go-ahead for Fraxel treatment. This ensures that your treatment is suitable for your skin condition. During this consultation we take a full medical history and discuss your goals and expectations. You will then be offered a tailored Fraxel program according to your desired results and skin type.
With the Cutis Clinic Fraxel device, we have filled the gap between entry-level laser treatments and high-end, high downtime CO2 fractional and erbium resurfacing.
Fraxel is an excellent platform that is both versatile and proven. We can safely and effectively treat skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, freckling, sun damage, skin laxity, fine facial lines and solar keratosis with as little as one treatment. Cutis Clinic tailors each and every patient treatment according to skin type, condition and available downtime. We possess the knowledge, the experience and the equipment to combine various laser devices such as Q-Switch ND:Yag and BBL in a single treatment. This enables us to deliver far superior results.
The Fraxel 1927 has gained immense popularity as the ultimate treatment for sunspots, as downtime is minimal compared to traditional methods such as creams. With Fraxel, your skin will have healed by 80% within 5-7 days.
Our Pulse Fraxel Peel is ideal for patient’s exhibiting freckling, facial pigmentation and sun damage. This signature treatment combines BBL with Fraxel at the same sitting. Up to 85% of pigmentation and sun damage can be removed in this combination treatment.
Even though Fraxel has been extensively reported to treat melasma, I personally do not treat this condition with Fraxel. I prefer to use creams, very gentle peels and, if needed, very low energy Q-Switch ND:Yag. The foundation of melasma treatment is medical and not laser based.