FRAXEL LASER SKIN RESURFACING
…. win the war on wrinkles and sun-damaged skin with
our Fraxel CO2 Laser – the ultimate skin rejuvenation tool!
Fraxel CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is considered by many to be the ultimate skin rejuvenation tool because it can more effectively replace old sun-damaged skin with new, remove fine wrinkles, and deliver ongoing skin tightening and firmness over the ensuing 6 months.
The impressive overall skin improvement seen after just one Fraxel CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing far surpasses anything that can be achieved with Non-Ablative Lasers or IPL devices.
Improvements you can realistically expect from Fraxel ‘Repair’ CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
- An overall, markedly rejuvenated skin appearance in the form of improved skin texture and tone along with smoother and more radiant skin.
- Removal/Reduction of Wrinkles: Fine wrinkles can be totally removed but medium-depth and deep wrinkles that reach deeper than the level of the resurfacing, can only be made shallower.
- A variable degree of skin tightening, especially under the eyes.
- Removal of skin lesions and blemishes such as freckles, lentigines, seborrheic keratoses and sunspots.
- Removal/Reduction of Acne Scars – the degree of improvement depending on the shape and depth of the acne scars.
Specific Conditions Suitable for Fraxel CO2 Laser Treatment
1. Facial Wrinkles
Fine wrinkles can be totally removed but medium-depth and deeper wrinkles that reach deeper than the level of the resurfacing can only be made shallower.
Nevertheless, the overall reduction in number and depth of wrinkles is very impressive.
This initial reduction of wrinkles will be boosted by the laser’s ongoing stimulation of collagen production over the ensuing 6 months to provide additional skin tightening and firmness.
2. Facial Sun-Damage Manifested By:
- skin roughness and dullness
- freckles and brown blotches
- excessive wrinkling
- mottled pigmentation
- scaly sunspots
If your signs of sun damage are not advanced, an alternative option could be a Medium Chemical Peel – either alone, or in combination with Laser Skin Resurfacing. For example, Laser Skin Resurfacing for excessive lines under the eyes or on the upper lip with a blending Medium Chemical Peel to the rest of the face.
3. Acne Scarring
Only some acne scar shapes are suitable for Laser Skin Resurfacing. At your Initial Consultation, our doctor will assess and advise honestly whether your scars can be improved by Laser Skin Resurfacing. If not suitable for Laser Resurfacing, alternative treatments will be recommended.
4. Chronically Sun-Damaged Lips (Actinic Cheilitis)
This condition resembles ‘chapped’ lips and carries a risk of cancerous change if left untreated. Accordingly, it is essential this condition is treated early before cancerous changes develop.
5. Miscellaneous Skin Lesions Including:
- Brown ‘Age Spots’ (Lentigos)
- Seborrheic Keratoses
- Solar Keratoses (‘Sunspots’)
- Epidermal Naevi
- Benign skin tumours e.g. Syringomas
- Selected biopsy-proven superficial skin cancers
Our Impressive Before & After Photo Gallery:
The following Before/After images are just a small selection of the thousands of Laser Skin Resurfacing procedures our Clinic has performed since 1993.
Some are examples by our previous ‘Ultrapulse CO2 Laser’ (no longer manufactured) while others are results with our current Fraxel CO2 ‘Repair’ Laser.
Nonetheless, they all demonstrate the impressive results that can be achieved with Laser Skin Resurfacing when experience and skill are combined with an ablative CO2 Laser.
Upper Lip Wrinkles:
Crow’s Feet & Under Eyes:
Full Face Resurfacing:
How is it done?
Unlike the early CO2 Skin Resurfacing Lasers which ablated the entire skin surface, our current Fraxel CO2 Laser ablates thousands of microscopic laser columns in the skin as shown in the accompanying illustration. Leaving intact skin between the lasered columns not only assists the healing process, it also helps avoid the loss of skin colour (hypopigmentation) that was not uncommon with the earlier totally ablative lasers.
Fraxel CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing can deliver very impressive results when performed under optimum energy settings but some form of pain relief is always required when working at these more effective higher energy levels.
Accordingly, in order to make your treatments pain-free, we use the following protocols.
- If you are having Laser Skin Resurfacing to one or more small areas of the face such as the upper lip, chin, under eyes or forehead, a Local Anaesthetic ‘nerve block’ is all that is required.
- If, however, you are having Laser Resurfacing to the WHOLE FACE or CHEEKS ONLY (which we cannot effectively numb with a Local Anaesthetic ‘nerve block’), you will require General Anaesthesia administered by our Specialist Anaesthetist in a Licensed Day Hospital.
In either scenario, you can go home 1-2 hours after your procedure but you cannot go home alone or drive for 24 hours if you’ve had Sedation.
Please note that it’s only the procedure itself that can be painful, not afterwards. Post-operatively, you should not need any pain relief whatsoever.
Healing is usually complete by the 9th day. Once fully healed, you can apply make-up, return to us for a check-up, and then resume work and social activities.
You may hear that Laser Skin Resurfacing is carried out by some clinics under a local anaesthetic cream only and with healing times of only 4-5 days. We too could offer such ‘ultra-light’ resurfacing treatments but we don’t recommend them because the overall improvement is unimpressive, they do not reduce wrinkles effectively, and therefore don’t represent a reasonable value-for-money procedure for the patient.
Isn’t it better to have ONE effective Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment that really produces results even if it means an extra 4-5 days’ downtime?
How long will the improvement last?
This depends on you, your lifestyle and future sun exposure. Generally, the more you avoid sun exposure and use effective UV protection when exposure is unavoidable, the longer your results will last. With good UV protection, the results should last 5-10 years.
As with other forms of skin resurfacing, the procedure can be repeated if and when required.
Why You Should Choose Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic
For Your Fraxel CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
1. Our many years of experience performing CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Unfortunately for patients, current medical regulations do not prevent any doctor from performing Laser Skin Resurfacing without any certified training in Laser Skin Resurfacing or Laser Safety.
Our Clinic’s experience with Laser Skin Resurfacing dates as far back as 1993 and in 1998 our Medical Director, Dr George Mayson, passed the examinations of the American Board of Laser Surgery with one of the highest scores ever recorded!
2. We have a very impressive safety record
Incorrectly performed Laser Skin Resurfacing can lead to permanent scarring on the face. To date, our Clinic has never seen a single case of scarring from Laser Skin Resurfacing!
3. One effective treatment only is all you will need!
We regularly hear reports from callers that they’ve had “Fraxel” Laser Skin Resurfacing elsewhere but the results weren’t impressive, or they were recommended multiple treatment sessions, and their ‘downtime’ was only 3-4 days!
Possible explanations for such disappointing stories include:
- The “Fraxel” Laser used was not an ABLATIVE CO2 LASER:
The word ‘Fraxel’ is a very commonly used term and is an acronym for “fractionated’ which means that only a pre-determined fraction of the skin is treated. Some companies describe their lasers as ‘Fraxel’ and that may be true, but it doesn’t mean that their ‘Fraxel’ Laser is a CO2 or Erbium Fraxel Laser – and it needs to be a CO2 or Erbium to deliver a good resurfacing result.
- The Laser’s Resurfacing Settings Were Set ‘Too Light’:
If the laser’s energy settings are set too low, you may appreciate the lesser downtime of only 3-4 days but the correction of facial wrinkles, acne scars or general facial sun-damage will be far less than it could have been with higher settings and a longer downtime of 9 days.
4. We offer all Skin Resurfacing techniques, not just laser!
Skin Resurfacing can be achieved by any one of 3 very different methods:
- Laser (CO2 or Erbium)
- Chemical Peeling (Medium or Deep)
- Dermabrasion (Surgical, NOT Micro-Dermabrasion)
Each resurfacing technique does have its advantages and disadvantages. However, with our many years of experience with all three techniques, we’re able to confidently predict whether laser alone, or a combination of techniques, would deliver the best possible result for your concerns.
Just bear in mind that unless a clinic is experienced in ALL three resurfacing techniques, you could end up being offered only the technique they know and not the one that will give you the best possible result.
At Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, we always customise every patient’s skin resurfacing procedure according to the technique, or combination of techniques, that will deliver the best possible outcome.
Our Special Offer
All NEW Laser Skin Resurfacing Consultations are $165 until the end of this month with $100 redeemable off the cost of your procedure.
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We accept payments from various independent finance providers including
Handypay & Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC)
If you need to finance all or part of your procedure, National Regulations require that you must source your own funding through a bank or any number of Medical Loan Providers such as the above easily found by searching on Google.
Frequently Asked Questions
Laser Skin Resurfacing is performed under:
• Local Anaesthesia only for small areas; or
• General Anaesthesia for Cheeks or Full Face, administered in a Licensed Day Surgery by our Specialist Anaesthetist.
If your Resurfacing has not required any Sedation, you can go home immediately afterwards. However, if you’ve had Sedation, you can go home 1-2 hours later but you must have someone collect you. You cannot go home alone.
For the first 2-3 days, you will have oozing and scattered pinpoint bleeding from the lasered columns. This is expected and completely normal. These will then dry up and be replaced by small scabs. Regular applications of Vaseline are required until all the tiny scabs fall off – which is almost always by the 9th day. Once all the small scabs have fallen off, your face will be slightly pink but at least you can then apply make-up and return to work and social activities. This mild redness usually settles within 6 weeks.
Downtime for most patients is no more than 9 days and during this time, you will need to stay at home and regularly apply Vaseline.
Unfortunately, no. Being a cosmetic procedure, Laser Skin Resurfacing is not eligible for a Medicare rebate, nor can you claim on your Private Health Insurance.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.