What are Laser Treatments/Facials/Fractional Laser/Fraxis?

Heard about Laser Facials and Fractional Laser, but aren’t sure what the difference is, what is involved or what is right for you?

There are a variety of different Laser Treatments now available that are also sometimes referred to as Laser Facials and Fraxis or Fractional Laser. Confused? Let us try to simplify it for you. (Scroll to the bottom if you’re only interested in the day-by-day photo journal of a Fraxis treatment specifically)

Firstly, none of the Laser Treatments offered by Restoration Medicine are really ‘Facials’ as you’re not going to get the relaxing ‘spa’ experience of a facial. They are scientific, evidence-based treatments that use Laser technology to tackle an array of skin concerns – and they actually work, with results showing either directly after or within a week of the treatment.

Laser Treatment

What we call a ‘Laser Treatment’ uses our Astanza Duality Q-switch Nd:Yag laser to heat up the deep layers of your skin, causing your skin to regenerate and reveal fresh, younger-looking skin. The heating stimulates collagen production, skin tightening and provides enhanced clarity. The heating also increases absorption of products into the skin, which is why we often apply Vit C or HA at the end of the treatment because of the increased absorption that occurs. Skin is clearer, smoother, and more vibrant after just one treatment.

This treatment is perfect for anyone troubled by age spots, sun damage, pigmentation, pore size, active acne (not cystic acne) and loss of firmness.

There is little to no pain and no anaesthesia required. Patients report a flicking sensation, increasing warmth, and then afterwards a tightening feeling all over your face. The treatment is quick and doesn’t come with any downtime, so you can literally have it done in your lunch break and return to normal activities straight after.

CO2 Fraxis

This type of laser treatment is total skin resurfacing, passing through the epidermis (superficial layer of the skin) and dermis (deeper layer of the skin) to fully regenerate your skin. The laser beams leave thousands of channels so the skin tightens by contracting. The body heals the channels via the regeneration of new tissue. As that new tissue grows up the channel, it pushes out pigment and clears the skin.

‘Fraxis’ or Fractionated simply refers to the beam which is a shower-head shape rather than a tap or single beam. ‘CO2’ refers to the energy source used, which allows the laser to penetrate to the desired depth.

It is one of the most modern and innovative non-surgical skin treatments available today, and is Doctor-only due to the level of skill and training required with the technology.

You’ll often see it referred to as an ‘ablative laser’ which means that the superficial layers of skin are completely removed, revealing fresh, soft skin without the damage of several years apparent. This manifests in peeling, flaking and pigmentation rising to the surface – thus this treatment comes with a week of downtime. However if you’re looking to treat sun damaged skin, deep wrinkles and firmness – there really is no better option.

Competitive treatments often take 4-6 treatments to achieve the same result.

We chat to Lindsay Farrell, 32, who recently had this treatment performed to rejuvenate skin, tackle pigmentation concerns, pore size and clear skin.

Dr.Robert Gilmour, who performed the treatment, weighs in. “Lindsay needed skin refreshment via a regenerating treatment ie new skin. She wanted reduced pores and tightness, and minor scarring from acne treated. CO2 Fraxis was the perfect treatment for her to address these issues.” – Dr.Robert

What are you hoping to achieve with your Fraxis treatment?

Lindsay: Rejuvenation to skin, Pigmentation Concerns, Pores, Clearer Skin. 

2. What areas did you have treated?

Lindsay: Full Face 

Dr.Robert: You can also have this treatment done on your neck and décolletage

3. Did you need to do anything to prepare for this treatment?

Lindsay: I was on Skincare products prescribed by Nurse Aisling leading up to my treatment. I suffered with Acne a year prior to my treatment, and she cleared it all up with the treatments she prescribed me. 

4. What happened prior to the treatment, when you arrived at the clinic?

Lindsay: I had a consultation with Dr.Robert Gilmour prior to having it, to make sure I was suitable for this treatment.

5. Can you describe how you felt during the treatment itself?

Nurse Aisling applied a topical numbing cream 20mins before so I was pretty numb before the treatment started, but I could feel a hot burning like sensation more on my forehead area and Dr.Gilmour applied more local anaesthetic to this area, but other than that I was very relaxed & comfortable and reassured during the treatment. 

Dr.Robert Gilmour using the CO2 Fraxis Laser on Lindsay

6. How did your face feel after the treatment? Directly after, and then a few hours after.

Lindsay: Warm &  tight straight after, but I followed my post care instructions and applied my skincare and it was totally fine. 

7. Can you describe how your skin felt in the days following the treatment?

Day 1
I felt puffy in face and tight in some areas, it felt like sandpaper to touch but no pain.
Dr.Robert: You can see there is redness and a bit of puffiness (no pain).
Day 2
Lindsay: Similar to Day 1 but the puffiness definitely reduced, no soreness or pain, some areas were still feeling tight.
Dr.Robert: Your face feels like sandpaper because each channel is a wound and you get swelling around fresh wounds but this settles over 24 hours.
Day 3
Lindsay: Skin started to flake, skin less tight and pink (new) skin started coming through.
Day 4
I was feeling back to normal by now very little flaking, skin pink in parts but I could wear makeup if I needed to.
Day 5
Lindsay: Skin still in healing process but normal for me to get out and about wearing light foundation and my SPF.
Day 3, 4, 5 – You can see the emerging pigment and later stages of healing leaving a fresh pink soft look on day 5.
Day 10
Lindsay: Skin is healed, pores have diminished, texture and clarity massive improvement and it feels incredible so soft like baby skin, make up sits lovely and is flawless looking, less oily.
Dr.Robert: The residual pinkness goes over a few days. The skin keeps growing or renewing itself so the final outcome is not really evident until 6-12weeks. UV protection is essential post treatment.

Interested in learning more about this treatment or seeing if you’re a suitable candidate?

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