Due to the aging process, the effects of the sun, the wind, and toxins in the atmosphere, our skin, the largest organ in our body starts taking a beating from the time we are born.
As time goes on the skin loses its smoothness, and fine lines begin to appear around the eyes and lips. Then deeper wrinkles start appearing as a result of collagen loss. Around this time, pigment discolouration sets in and the skin also develops facial redness.
Fraxel Laser Treatment is a non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation. Though our skin is a remarkable organ and has the ability to repair itself quite efficiently, facial rejuvenation procedures assist this natural process.
This treatment involves a non-invasive treatment that resurfaces and rejuvenates the skins outer layer by eliminating imperfections such as pigments, wrinkles, and scars.
If you plan to have a fractional laser treatment in Singapore, Aesthetic Doctor Wilson Ho provided a complete guide for people considering this option, including the costs, skin suitability for treatment, safety, risks, and post-treatment care.
How Does Fraxel Treatment Work?
The procedure involves the use of the Fraxel laser which can produce thousands of tiny laser beams that can penetrate deep into the middle layer of the skin, remove damaged areas of the skin and induce the growth of fresh skin.
Fraxel Laser Treatment involves the creation of tiny micro-zones on the skin, which encourages the formation of new collagen. This production stimulates the growth of healthy skin cells from the inside out while it leaves the surrounding tissues undamaged and intact.
There is hardly any pain, just a prickling sensation. But the application of anaesthetic ointment before the actual procedure eliminates any feeling of discomfort.
An effective treatment regimen is 4-5 sessions, spaced about 4 weeks apart.
The procedure can help patients get a smoother, fresher looking skin with improved tone and structure, remove wrinkles around the eyes and lips and soften acne and surgical scars so that they are less visible.
The Fraxel laser treatment can benefit men and women of various skin colour and ages. It also works for almost all body areas, including the neck, shoulders, and face.
The results are in most cases evident after the first Fraxel Laser treatment but optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months. However, post Fraxel Laser treatment care requires patients to keep their skin moisturized, avoid the sun and avoid any scratches to enable speedy healing.
What are the Different Types of Lasers?
As featured in an ELLE Article, NYC-based dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum mentions three Fraxel treatments used in her clinic.
According to Nussbaum, this laser type is most commonly found among dermatologists’ offices. It involves two lasers with different wavelengths (1550nm and 1927nm) in one device. The 1927nm targets pigmentation and sun damage, while the 1550nm goes deeper to target wrinkles, acne scarring, and texture. These may be used separately or together, customized to match the needs of patients seeking the treatment.
There are several clinics in Singapore offering this treatment. One of which is the DERMACARE Aesthetic and Laser Clinic.
This laser is a fractional Erbium-based, non-ablative laser, which does not cause a disruption on the skin’s surface. It’s the best choice for improved colour, skin tone, and texture. Administered in several sessions, Fraxel Restore works great for refreshing the face, hands, neck, arms, and chest, and it can benefit any skin colour.
Compared to the first two lasers, this is considered as the most powerful as it uses an ablative fraction carbon dioxide laser for more severe cases. It vaporizes one’s tissue in a precisely controlled manner, promoting new collagen formation and skin rejuvenation. This laser will require more extensive downtime, which ranges from days to a few weeks.
A: Fraxel Laser treats several conditions, such as acne scarring, sun damage, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. When it comes to reducing the appearance of textured acne scars, the Fraxel laser treatment is more effective than any topical treatment.
A: The treatment is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the most effective and safe treatment for the neck, face, and other areas. However, it would be best to have an initial consultation with a professional to ensure that the procedure is indeed safe for you.
A: Most patients will describe an increased heat sensation during the treatment. Before the procedure itself, a topical anaesthetic ointment is applied to help lessen any discomfort felt during the treatment. Furthermore, any additional treatments will be discussed during the consultation.