Macquarie Cosmetic Medicine’s Fraxel Fractional CO2 Laser is the gold standard in facial resurfacing, treatment of scars from all sources, treatment of lines and wrinkles, and treatment of skin laxity and pigmentation.
Fraxel is the pioneer of “fractional photothermolysis”, a technology in which thousands of microscopic laser columns – each just one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle – treat a fraction of the skin at a time without affecting the surrounding tissue. Fraxel uses microscopic points of light to target a small fraction of the skin at a time on precise areas below the skin’s surface to stimulate the production of healthier skin.
Traditionally, two kinds of laser treatment have been available for cosmetic skin treatment: ablative and non-ablative. Typical ablative treatments, which use a high temperature to vaporise unwanted tissue, can be effective but with significant side effects and several weeks of recovery time. Non-ablative treatments, meanwhile, have very few side effects and low downtime, but they commonly require numerous treatments to produce modest results.
Fraxel laser treatment delivers the power of ablative treatments with the safety of non-ablative lasers.
The skin will feel hot and there will be some swelling. Pinpoint crusts will form over the treatment spots. These usually separate on day five after which make up can be applied.
The laser will stimulate new collagen formation. While the body is busy making new collagen and repairing the skin, there will be significantly increased blood flow in the skin. This will cause a red sunburnt look (erythema). When the erythema subsides, it means that the blood flow has returned to normal and treatment has stopped working. This normally takes three months. Repeat treatments are usually performed after three months.
Sunscreen must be worn every day to protect the new skin. A moisturising sunblock with the least SPF 30+ is recommended.
Discover more about the C02 fractional laser treatment we offer at Macquarie Cosmetic Medicine located in Sydney in your complimentary consultation.