The Science Behind Fraxel Laser Treatments

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In aesthetics, there are many technologies available to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and scars. Among these, the Fraxel Dual laser treatment has been shown to give impressive results thanks to its advanced technology. We have the Fraxel laser in London,  at Dermal Health.

What is Fraxel Dual?

Fraxel is a fractional laser technology that targets only a fraction of the skin at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This allows for faster healing and less downtime compared to traditional ablative laser resurfacing, which removes the entire top layer of skin.

The Principle of Fractional Photothermolysis

Fractional photothermolysis, the core technology behind Fraxel Dual, is a revolutionary approach that creates microscopic zones of thermal damage. This selective damage stimulates the body’s natural healing process, replacing damaged skin with healthy, new tissue. This technology’s “fractional” aspect ensures that only a small fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser at any one time, leaving surrounding tissues intact for rapid healing.

Dual-Wavelength Innovation

What sets Fraxel Dual apart is its use of two distinct laser wavelengths – 1550nm and 1927nm. This dual-wavelength approach allows it to effectively target both superficial and deeper skin concerns in a single treatment.

  • 1927nm Wavelength: This wavelength is adept at targeting the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer. It is particularly effective for addressing pigmentation issues because it is highly absorbed by melanin. This absorption breaks down excess pigmentation, leading to a more even skin tone.
  • 1550nm Wavelength: Penetrating deeper into the dermis, this wavelength addresses the structural concerns of the skin, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and scar texture. By stimulating collagen production, the 1550nm wavelength promotes the structural integrity and elasticity of the skin, leading to a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Biological Response and Collagen Remodeling

The treatment zones created by the Fraxel Dual laser initiate a powerful biological response. The body’s wound-healing processes are activated, leading to the removal of damaged cells and the production of new collagen. This collagen remodelling is a key aspect of the treatment’s effectiveness, as collagen is essential for skin firmness and elasticity.

Minimising Downtime Through Precision

The precision of fractional photothermolysis minimises downtime. By targeting only a fraction of the skin and leaving surrounding tissues untouched, the skin can heal more quickly than with traditional resurfacing methods. This precision also allows for the treatment of delicate areas that were previously difficult to address with older laser technologies.

Benefits of Fraxel Dual

One of the distinct advantages of Fraxel Dual is its versatility. It can effectively treat a wide range of skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Pigmentation issues like age spots, sun spots, and melasma
  • Acne scars and surgical scars
  • General sun damage and uneven skin texture

Compared to traditional resurfacing methods, Fraxel Dual involves minimal downtime. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days of treatment, although some redness and swelling are to be expected.

The Fraxel Dual Procedure

A typical Fraxel Dual treatment session takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Before the procedure, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to minimise patient discomfort.

The laser handpiece is passed over the skin during the treatment, delivering the laser energy in precise, fractional doses. Most patients describe the sensation as a feeling of heat with some prickling.

After the procedure, the skin may feel sunburned and appear pink or red. This usually subsides within a few days. It’s important to follow post-treatment care instructions, which include avoiding sun exposure, using gentle skincare products, and keeping the skin moisturised. We’ll discuss the aftercare advice with you at the end of your treatment.

Personalising Your Treatment

One of Fraxel Dual’s strengths is that treatments can be tailored to each individual’s unique skin type and concerns. The laser settings, including the depth and intensity of the treatment, can be adjusted to achieve optimal results while minimising side effects.

Before undergoing treatment a thorough consultation with your Fraxel practitioner is required. They will assess your skin, discuss your goals, and develop a personalised treatment plan.

Fraxel Dual For You

Fraxel Dual represents a significant advancement in skin rejuvenation technology. By harnessing the power of dual laser wavelengths and fractional photothermolysis, it can effectively treat a variety of skin concerns with minimal downtime. The ability to personalise treatments makes it suitable for a wide range of patients.

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, scars, or overall skin texture, Fraxel Dual could be the solution you’ve been seeking.

Ready to learn more about how Fraxel Dual can transform your skin? Contact Dermal Health today to book in for a consultation with us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and develop a customised treatment plan to help you achieve your skin goals.