Fraxel Dual laser for acne
BEFORE & A
Fraxel skin laser resurfacing is the pioneer of ‘ fractional photothermolysis’,
the latest technology in which hundreds of laser columns are placed into
the deeper layers of the skin
skin- where acne scars lie. Fraxel Laser breaks the
bonds of scars and allows collagen to naturally heal, improving skin texture
and acne scars. The number of Fraxel treatments will depend on your skin
type and scar type. Most patients require between 3
Facts on Frax
el laser for acne scars
Fraxel is one of the World’s leading Fractional laser devices
For acne scarring our Specialist use the Fraxel 1550
Fraxel 1550 produces microscopic laser columns that penetrate into the scars
Laser breaks down scars, causing collagen to remodel and scars to fade
Fraxel laser is very well tolerated as numbing cream is used before all treatments
Most patients will require 3--5 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart
Each treatment takes 25-30
30 minutes to perform
Downtime following Fraxel for acne scars ranges between 3
Fraxel forms an integral part of our Synergy Approach for acne scar revision
What type of acne scars respond best to
Mixed acne scars
Rolling and depressed acne scars
Box Car Scars
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How does the Fraxel laser treat acne
Fraxel lasers, like other fractional lasers produces tiny columns of laser energy that
penetrate the skin. Depending on the type of skin you have (skin colour), the depth
of scars, and type of acne scarring, your Specialist will determine the depth and
density of treatment.
Laser energy is concentrated in the deeper dermal layers of the skin, and this breaks
down acne scars. The skin responds to this breakdown of old collagen, and
stimulates new collagen. This is the basis behind acne scar revision.
What should I expect during the
Skin one day after Fraxel treatment (Medium setting)
As with all acne scar treatments, you would have had a thro
ugh assessment and
mapping prior to your Fraxel laser treatment. All lasers, including Fractional Fraxel
Resurfacing is conducted in our laser suites.
Your skin is thoroughly cleansed and disinfected
Our laser staff will perform a check list (this only takes a minute or two)
A special numbing cream will be placed on to your skin for one hour
If other procedures such as CO2 or deeper laser treatments are performed we use
The Fraxel treatment
ent takes 20 to 25 minutes to perfo
Is Fraxel laser treatment painful?
Fraxel is one of the least painful fractional laser treatments we perform. In fact the
discomfort is mild, and most patients describe heat rather than pain.
For anxious patients we offer some mild sedation during the procedure. NOTE, if
sedation is used, you will not be able to driv
e back following the Fraxel procedure.
Pain is not a factor for FRAXEL in 95% of patients!
Do patients need to stay home after a
Skin 72 hours after medium Fraxel laser
For the first 2-4
4 days following Fraxel you will experience redness, swelling followed
by peeling of the skin.
n. Most patients stay home for at least two days following Fraxel.
You will be required to wear a special healing balm for 4
6 days after this procedure.
After you stop peeling you can wear make up and resume your daily activities.
How many Fraxel resurfacing treatments
will I need to treat acne scars?
If you do your research on the internet, you will see that most Fraxel Clinics
recommend at least 4 Fraxel treatments, to aim for 70+% improvement in acne
scars. True statement if Fraxel is used as a stand
alone treatment. The
T real truth is
that we recommend between 1
One to two treatments of Fraxel if
Your scars are shallow, eg, box scars, or mild atrophic scars
We combine CO2 or Erbium laser
If you have fair skin types
More than three treatments of Fraxel if -
Your downtime is limited to only 3 days or less
If you have darker skin types
If you have severe acne scars
If you only choose Fraxel as a stand alone treatment
Bottom line - then number of Fraxel treatments needed
d will depend on your skin
type, scar type and downtime.
Can Fraxel be used in all skin types and
Yes. Fraxel treatment is excellent treatment for acne scarring in all skin types,
including darker skin scar patients. Asians, Latino, Greek and Middle Eastern
patients can be treated with an excellent safety profile. Generally, the darker the skin
ur Specialist may modify your treatment to ensure greater safety.
Fraxel in darker skin patients will
Require an additional 2 -3
3 treatments to achieve similar outcomes as lighter skin
Need to be ultra protective to help reduce the incidence of sskin
kin darkening after the
Fraxel Procedure. This includes the use of a high factor SPF daily for at least 2
weeks prior to, and 4 weeks after Fraxel
Possible take a few weeks longer to recover, especially in very dark individuals. This
is call dyspigmentation and is temporary
What is the success rate of Fraxel laser
treatment for acne scars?
Excellent in the right hands!
Over and over again we stress that acne scar management should be done at a
specialist level, and tailored accord
ing to the patients skin type, acne scar type and
downtime. Most patients who have acne scars will have a variety of scars including
deep ice pick, rolling, box car and atrophic scars. Fraxel in theory will improve all
forms of acne scarring, however our S
pecialist will guide you as to the best treatment
for YOUR scar type.
Most patients start to see improvements in their scars over a period of 1
What are potential
otential side effects from the
Fraxel laser procedure?
Fraxel treatment for acne scarring is one of the safest procedures and side effects
hardly ever occur. Normal side effects include swelling, redness and peeling of the
skin. This last between 3-8
8 days depending on the depth of treatment.
Unwanted side effects that occur in less than 2% of cases include skin infection and
skin pigmentation changes. Following your specialists instructions and turning up to
follow up visits will lessen the chances of side effects following Fraxel laser.
How does Fraxel compare with other
fractional laser mac
Fraxel is a stand out laser and is FDA (US) approved for the treatment of acne scars,
however it is almost impossible to compare all our lasers at the same level. Why is
this so? Well, because every patient with acne scars iis
s unique. Scar types, depths
and extent will differ for all acne scar patients, as well as their skin type (colour) and
downtime. Importantly, cost can be a factor as well. As a guide our Specialist Davin
Lim rates this machine as "an excellent all round laser for the treatment of multiple
types of acne scars in all skin types"
CO2 CORE Fractional using higher energy settings can be more effective in deeper
scars, but the trade off is longer healing times and it should be used in caution on
darker skin types.
es. Fraxel in this case is safer.
Profractional Fractional Sciton laser can be effective in mid level scarring, but it is far
safer than CORE CO2 in treating darker skin types. The recovery is shorter than with
Fractional RF or EMatrix-E2
E2 is not a las
er, but also acts as a fractional device to help
break down acne scars without the down time associated with lasers. In our
experience this can be a very effective method of scar revision in patients who have
active acne and scar. We call this the Acne Free RF Program.
How do I know what is the best fractional
treatment for me?
Let our Specialists guide you. Specialist laser dermatologists such as Dr Davin Lim
reviews, performs and guides at least 15 acne and acne scar patients per day. You
can say we are quite
Westside Laser Dermatology has a vast array of lasers, so we will guide you as to
what is the most effective method of treating your acne scars. The challenge of acne
scarring is that everyone is different
different- different severity, scar types, downtime,
colour and of course budgets. Our Specialists will ethically guide you as to what is
the best treatment for YOU
Can Fraxel laser be combined with other
methods of scar removal?
Most often I use Fraxel as part of the S
ynergy Method of acne scar revision.
Suitable acne scars that can be mended with Fraxel include rolling scars, pitted and
atrophic scars, as well box car scarring. The great point of the Fraxel laser is that it
can be used in patients with darker skin type
Remember, the best result you will receive is if scars are individually treated with
different methods, Fraxel is one of the best known. Fraxel is one of the best
treatments for patients who exhibit acne scars AND pigmentation, as laser also
rejuvenates surrounding skin.