Fraxel restore Dual® – Laser Facial Rejuvenation Surgery
Part of the aging process involves the effects of the environment on your skin. Sunspots, broken capillaries, freckles, patchy pigmentation, wrinkling, enlarged pores, and dull texture are all signs of the stresses that your skin has sustained.
One of the most significant breakthroughs in improving skin quality uses the precision of laser surgery to penetrate the skin’s surface to cause micro-injuries that stimulate the healing process. This is known as fractionated laser rejuvenation. Thousands of microscopic areas of skin are treated. Deep tightening of the skin occurs in these ‘healing zones’ and old, damaged skin cells are eliminated. The intact skin around the microscopic laser injuries allows for quicker healing, and this means less down time for you.
The latest advance in fractionated laser technology is the Fraxel re:store Dual®. Two separate lasers in the one machine are used to treat the skin. The outcome is predictable and highly effective for acne scarring, wrinkles around the eyes, enlarged pores, brown spots or freckles, and hormonal skin discoloration. You will find that your skin continues to improve for months following the treatment, as more and more collagen gets deposited into the deeper layers of the skin.
The treatment is performed under a local anaesthetic. It takes an hour for the anaesthetic to work, and about 30 minutes to perform the treatment. Multiple treatments yield the best results.
What to expect after treatment:
The intensity and duration of your side effects depends on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics. Generally, patients who are treated more aggressively experience more intense side effects that last longer. However, some patients have greater than “expected” reactions to less aggressive treatments, and others have fewer side effects than would ordinarily be expected.
In general, you can expect to experience the following:
- Swelling, which is mostly noticeable on the first morning after treatment, particularly under the eyes. It usually subsides in 2-3 days.
- Redness, which mostly resolves during the first week after treatment, but a rosy “glow” can remain for several weeks. However, make-up can be applied immediately after the treatment to minimise redness.
- Dry skin, which can peel or flake. You may notice a “sandpaper” texture to your skin a few days after the treatment; this is the treated tissue working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated.
- Bronzing, crusting and small dark dots are common. This is because the treatment causes the destruction of microscopic cylinders of skin than then exfoliates during the healing process. In individuals with heavily pigmented skin, or in areas where sun damage has produced pigmented lesions, these microscopic wounds contain large amounts of melanin. Because there are so many wounds, they can make the skin look bronzed, or small areas appear crusted. It is important not pick or scratch the skin as it will be more susceptible to scarring at this point; these areas will shed naturally within 7-10 days on the face, but may take as long as 3 weeks in areas off the face.
How to care for your skin after treatment:
- All of your skin care products should be non-irritating and non-clogging for the first few weeks or so after treatment. Examples of brands that offer very gentle and also inexpensive include Aveeno®, Dove®, Neutrogena®, and Cetaphil®. It is important to keep your skin hydrated with a neutral moisturiser.
- Regular application of sunscreen is imperative. The sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. You should first apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, and again immediately before post treatment. After that, re-apply your sunscreen every 2 hours for maximum protection. If you are going to be directly exposed to the sun, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area.
- Your skin will be sensitive for the first week or so after treatment, so do not use products that will cause irritation during this time. Do not use abrasive scrubs, toners, or products that contain glycolic acids or Retin A. Resume your normal skin care regimen when your skin has fully healed.
- Included in the cost of a Fraxel laser treatment at The Face Institute is a Jan Marini Enzyme Treatment, which gently exfoliates the shedding skin cells and hydrates the skin. This is generally performed at day 5 post-treatment.
Please feel free free to call us on (02) 9412 4599 or email if you would like any additional information about this procedure.