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What is the difference between the Fraxel lasers available to consumers?

With so many clinics and spas advertising the use of Fraxel lasers, it’s no wonder consumers are confused about what results they are getting and whether it is worth their money.

There are many operators in the industry within Australia and it is quite confusing when customers are forced to review each offering and price list of countless outlets claim to provide ‘laser skin rejuvenation’.

We would like to provide a bit of a brief on the different Fraxel lasers that are available on the market and what they have been designed to do in terms of application on the skin.

According to, there are different grades of products available in the market to both doctors and beauty practitioners.

The Fraxel family of products includes three lasers for a variety of indications:
Fractional non-ablative

  • Fraxel re:fine™ treatment—A gentle yet effective option for skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. FDA clearances: pigmented lesions, periorbital fine lines, skin resurfacing, soft tissue coagulation.
  • Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment—The flagship Fraxel system and the gold standard for non-ablative skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. FDA clearances: photodamage, mild to moderate periorbital wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars, melasma, Actinic Keratosis.

Fractional ablative CO2

  • Fraxel re:pair® SST treatment—A minimally-invasive fractional CO2 procedure for significant skin resurfacing. FDA clearances: rhytides, pigmentation, moderate to severe wrinkles, photodamaged skin.

In our Sydney Cosmetic Clinic, we use the Fraxel re:pair SST laser treatment among other treatments for skin conditions. This is a medical grade laser and treats wrinkles, fine lines, tone texture and pigmentation in a single treatment. The Fraxel re:pair laser treatment is an advanced application of CO2 laser technology and targets a fraction of the skin at a time.

How does Fraxel re:pair work?

This particular device is administered by a qualified practitioner who has had relevant training and experience using this particular Fraxel re:pair laser device.

Thousands of microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into skin, removing old and damaged skin, leaving the surrounding tissues intact. This then stimulates the healing process of the body and new cells replace the skin cells that have been removed from the procedure.

In the months proceeding the treatment, patients will feel softer, brighter skin with a more even skin tone. Results can last up to years, dependent on lifestyle, age, skin conditions and skincare regime.

How many treatments will I need with Fraxel re:pair?

According to Fraxel clinical studies, it has shown that most results come from a single treatment of this particular laser treatment.

What is the downtime of the Fraxel re:pair treatment?

This treatment is an ablative procedure and most people can expect to return to their routine activities within 7 days of a recovery period.

Possible complications from Fraxel re:pair SST Laser System treatments include:

  • Skin discolourations: Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and hypopigmentation are known complications of many laser treatments such as Fraxel re:pair. In some patients who experience pigment changes, the treated area loses pigmentation (hypopigmentation) and becomes a lighter colour than the surrounding skin. This type of reaction may also be permanent.
  • Keloid Formation: A thick scar resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue.
  • Scarring: Local scarring may occur directly from laser exposure if treatment procedures are not followed properly, or from infection or physical irritation such as picking and rubbing. Avoid contact with clothing following treatment to minimize the risk of abrasion. Scarring in the area of the eye could lead to turning out of the eyelid such that the inner surface is exposed.
  • Eye Injury: You should wear proper eye protection throughout the procedure.

For a skin consultation to see whether your skin would benefit from our Fraxel re:pair laser, book with us today.

View more information here about our laser skin resurfacing service that we provide in our clinic.

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