Treat yourself to a boosting Fraxel Therapy session. Take the years off and reverse the signs of ageing!
At Brookdale’s Knutsford clinic, we offer Fraxel Laser Therapy Treatment that works from within, working on the skin cells below the surface to smooth out lines and wrinkles. With effective results, fractional lasering (known as Fraxel) is perfect for treating those niggling problem areas.
How does Fraxel Therapy work?
An non-ablative laser is directed at the area to be treated, allowing microscopic shafts of light through the top layers of the skin.
The light energy stimulates the production and rebuilding of collagen and elastin, forcing the skin cells to go into recovery mode to naturally repair itself, smoothing out wrinkles and scars and reducing surface pigmentation along the way
Which areas can you treat?
Fraxel is most commonly used to rejuvenate the face, but is equally effective on crepe-like hands, on areas of scarring, on stretchmarks, on areas of keratosis and on extreme cases of sun damaged skin.
How is Fraxel Laser Therapy Treatment carried out?
An anaesthetic cream is applied to the face for around an hour, to minimise any discomfort, in advance of any laser treatment taking place. During this time a full medical consultation will be taken, then you can relax in your treatment room; snooze, read or message a friend on the phone!
Next a handheld laser is positioned over the area being treated. Carrying out the laser part of the Fraxel treatment itself takes around 20-30 minutes, but will obviously depend on the size of the area being treated. The treatment is rounded off with a cooling blast of chilled air.
For a full face treatment, your appointment will last 2.5 hours to ensure that you are not rushed.
Am I suitable for Fraxel Laser Therapy Treatment and does it hurt?
Your suitability for fraxel laser therapy treatment will be assessed by Helen at our Knutsford clinic during your consultation. There’s no need to wait until a suntan has gone as the treatment picks up the moisture in the skin, rather than the pigment. The more hydrated you are prior to your treatment the better, so we advise that you sip plenty of water in the days leading up to and on the day of your appointment.
We are unable to carry out the Fraxel Therapy if you are pregnant, if you have a history of skin cancer, or are taking steroids.
Any discomfort is minimised with the use of anaesthetic.
What can I expect after Fraxel treatment?
Immediately after treatment your skin will feel a little like sunburn with some swelling on the treated area which will feel tingly for some hours afterwards depending on the individual’s skin condition. This is the perfect opportunity to have some ‘quiet time’. A few days later the skin will feel rougher as the dead skin layers slough off. After 2 weeks, new skin will appear and high sun protection will be required (SPF50 minimum). After 4 weeks, your complexion will be rejuvenated.
Products containing hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C are recommended for aftercare. We particularly like Aspect Dr Redless for its calming properties and we offer a full range of suitable products here in the clinic for you to purchase if you wish.
Are there any side effects to having Fraxel Therapy?
There will be some mild swelling and redness following treatment which should subside naturally over a few days. Paracetamol should be sufficient to relieve this but do not take aspirin/anti-inflammatory medicines. In the unlikely event of further discomfort, Helen will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.
How many Fraxel Laser Therapy Treatments are needed?
In most cases you should see noticeable results after just one treatment. However, for best effect, we recommend a course of 3 treatments, around 4-6 weeks apart. As always, results vary by individual.
How do I book my Fraxel appointment?
Contact us using the online form or by phone to request contact from our expert Fraxel technician Helen, who will then discuss your suitability for treatment. She will fully explain how the treatment works, what will be suitable for you and your skin, and will answer any questions you may have. A full appointment will be made for you to have the Fraxel Therapy treatment, once you’ve had time to consider all the details.