Fraxel DUAL is a laser resurfacing treatment that improves the appearance of skin affected by ageing, sun or scarring. It works by targeting specific treatment areas with minute laser beams, penetrating deep into the skin to promote collagen production and skin renewal. This stimulates the skin’s own healing process to provide a natural rejuvenation.
Unlike Pearl or CO2 lasers, Fraxel is non-ablative, which means it does not remove the top layer of skin in the course of the treatment. As a result, peeling is not as excessive and there is less downtime.
Fraxel can treat:
- Fine lines and wrinkles of the face, including around the eyes
- Sun damage
- Neck and décolletage
- Uneven skin tone, texture, and open pores
- Acne scars
- Surgical and traumatic scars
- Red stretch marks
Fraxel DUAL operates on two nanometre wavelengths, the 1550 and the 1927. The 1550 stimulates collagen production and improves scarring, while the 1927 targets pigmentation and uneven texture. This versatility allows your dermal clinician to tailor the treatment to your specific needs, and they may use one or both wavelengths in the course of your treatment.
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Your clinician will assess your skin and devise an appropriate treatment plan. They will take photographs, apply numbing cream to the treatment area, and apply the laser with a handheld device. After the procedure, you will undergo post-laser cooling.
Your appointment will take approximately one and a half hours. Only 20 minutes will be spent under the laser; the remainder of the time is spent taking photos, applying numbing cream and undergoing post-laser cooling.
This depends on your desired outcome. For some, a single treatment will be sufficient, while for others 2-5 may be needed for optimal results.
Your clinician will apply numbing cream before the treatment to minimise discomfort. Patients typically describe the sensation as a wave of hot prickles going across the skin. A post-laser cooling will soothe the ‘hot’ sensation.
For treatments of the face, the healing process takes about 7 days. Immediately post treatment your skin will look red and feel warm for 2-3 hours. On the first day of healing this will fade to pink and may feel like sandpaper. It may also adopt a bronze, tanned look.
Swelling will reach its peak on the second day, and skin flaking will occur on days three and four. From day five to seven, there will be residual flaking as new, pink skin is exposed underneath. You may wear mineral makeup in this time, but not full makeup until after the seventh day. Your clinician will advise you of appropriate aftercare.
For treatments administered to the body or the neck and décolletage, it can take up to two weeks to heal, but these sites can easily be covered with clothing.
Once you have finished healing, your skin will feel softer and you should notice improvements in skin tone, colour and texture. Results improve gradually over the course of 3-6 months as collagen is produced and the skin naturally refreshes itself.
Typical results our patients report include:
- Smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles on the face
- Improved skin tone and texture
- Reduced unwanted brown spots and pigmentation
- Improved appearance of scars and stretch marks
These results can last for years if maintained with a skin care regime.
The cost will vary depending on the area that is receiving treatment and the number of treatments you need to achieve your desired result. We recommend you book a consultation so we can assess your needs, tailor a treatment plan, and provide you with accurate cost estimates.