Everything You Need to Know About Fraxel Lasers
Imagine you could take all your skin concerns—hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dullness, fine lines—and peel them all away to reveal a new layer of glowy, healthy skin.
The photo above is a photo taken at Vic Dermal examining my skin close up. I have a few freckles, a few small broken capillaries and most obvious pigmentation concerns.
What it’s for: Sun spots, fine lines, and sagging skin, especially for brides over 30.
What to expect: Fraxel uses thousands of tiny lasers smaller than a hair follicle to stimulate collagen and replace damaged skin. It’s more powerful than some other types of lasers, so each session is a little more invasive. Expect to sit tight with numbing cream on your face before each session, and don’t start looking for results until a few weeks after your appointment. Most Fraxel lasers can take up to 3 months to take full effect.
What it costs: $1000 and up per session.
Imagine you could take all your skin concerns—hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dullness, fine lines—and peel them all away to reveal a new layer of glowy, healthy skin. Vic Dermal has got my skin to a neutral tone instead of being speckled (it almost looks like I have tinted moisturiser on 24/7 now). I wanted to get Fraxel at Vic Dermal to assist with my hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scarring.
It can be intimidating to undergo a procedure like this so I am going to break down everything you need to know before trying Fraxel. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I got my first Fraxel treatment 1 week ago at Vic Dermal and have been getting a ton of questions about what it does, where I went, whether it hurts, what the recovery is like, and whether I’m happy with the results. I’m so excited to answer all those questions and share my before and after with you today!
Why is it different to using topical treatments? Because being able to go that deep allows you to really break up that scar tissue that’s clouding the textural difference, whereas a cream wouldn’t be able to. Fraxel doesn’t stop ageing, but it slows it down by helping combat some of your earlier sun damage and encouraging cellular renewal at the deeper layers of your skin – layers that products just can’t get to.
Firstlly, numbing cream was put on my face an hour before treatment. As it scans the skin it lays down little dots. It heats up these little dots of skin and leaves little bits in between.
It felt like someone rolling something on my face. It felt like a prickly heat and this part took 20 minutes. I was then given an icepack and could blow the hose with cold hair.
Directly after the treatment my skin felt hot and over the course of the next couple of days the pigmentation started to come through.
I don’t look like raw meat but I am going to be red, peeling, and scaley. I would suggest to get this done 6-12 months before your wedding. To avoid having to hide your super-sensitive, bright-red face (how could we ever forget Samantha at Carrie’s book party in Sex and the City?)
Day 2: The pigmentation has come through to the surface. My skin did feel like linen and you could see hash marks. I am making sure I use ample amounts of sun protection. I am also avoiding harsh products on my skin and ensuring I use a gentle cleanser and moisturiser twice a day.
Day 3-5: My skin was quite hard and flaking off. It was pretty hard to cover with makeup so I tried to let it breathe. As the skin goes dark which is also called ‘bronzing’ it flakes off to reveal new glowing skin. I am also avoiding picking at my skin which is extremely hard as it’ll only make me red and take longer to heal. I am reminding myself that It’ll peel when it’s ready.
Day 5-6: Skin looks completely different and the flaky/ dry cracked skin is nearly off.
Day 7 (1 week): My skin is so much more even and the pigmentation is nearly gone. It looks like I am wearing tinted moisturiser.
I’ve noticed an improvement in lines and wrinkles.
My skin is renewing itself and that collagen remodelling has taken place in the DEEPER layers of the skin, the results will become clearer over time…because even though I see the Fraxel treatment on the outer skin layer, it actually increases the cellular renewal below the skin’s visible surface (which then eventually shows up as the skin renews itself).