What is Fraxel?
Fraxel is a type of fractioned laser resurfacing device that is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne scarring, pores, pigmentation, and wrinkles. It is also effective at improving skin texture and generally rejuvenating the skin. The laser can be tailored to each patient's unique skin type and condition and does not cause damage to surrounding tissue. For this reason, the Fraxel laser promotes a very fast recovery time.
How does the Fraxel laser work?
The Fraxel laser works by delivering microscopic columns to the skin cells, pushing pigment and damaged cells to the surface, and leaving the skin with a healthy, even glow. Specific wavelengths target various skin conditions, which means that different portions of the skin can be treated specifically to your needs.
What conditions can be treated with Fraxel?
The Fraxel laser can treat a variety of skin conditions, depending on the setting and type of Fraxel that is used. At Fiori Institute of Skin and Body, we use two types of non-ablative Fraxel lasers (1927 & 155), which are used to treat open pores, skin pigmentation, sun spots, sun damage, wrinkling, and acne scars. Our specialist laser team will advise you of the best Fraxel laser for your needs.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are formulated to target the muscles that cause wrinkles. They work by relaxing the facial muscles, reducing their movement and thus reducing the development of wrinkles over time.
Various areas of the face can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections. These include the frown lines between the eyebrows, the forehead lines, the crow's feet near the eyes, lines on the nose, as well as upward turning chins and problem areas on the neck.
Are anti-wrinkle injections right for me?
Anti-wrinkle injections are suitable for both men and women who would like to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The injections are also a good option if you're looking for a preventative measure to reduce dynamic muscle action that could lead to static wrinkles.
You should not have anti-wrinkle injections if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. We do not administer anti-wrinkle injections to patients under 18 years old.
How long do the results of anti-wrinkle injections last?
In most cases, the results of anti-wrinkle injections last between three and five months, although it does depend on your skin type, as well as the strength of your facial muscles. The frequency of your treatments can be adjusted according to your particular goals.
Does fat-freezing work?
The fat-freezing technique (known as CoolSculpting) is an effective option if you have specific areas you would like to focus on when it comes to fat reduction, particularly if you find that certain areas of your body are resistant to diet and exercise (stubborn fat pockets). Because it is non-invasive, there is generally no recovery time and you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately after your treatment. Side-effects are very rare, but your dermal therapist will let you know what to expect during and after the treatment. For more information, read more on the treatment, here.
Am I a candidate for fat-freezing?
Fat-freezing (CoolSculpting) is an extremely successful method to treat small areas of stubborn fat. To find out if you are a suitable candidate for this effective cosmetic procedure, read our blog. You can also book a FREE consultation with the team at the Fiori Institute to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.
Will my tattoo disappear after one treatment?
The chances are high that any tattoo will most likely require more than one session of laser therapy. This is because there are many factors that come into play during the removal process. Ranging from the depth of the ink, to the colour used, the age, the location and size, each aspect will determine the duration of therapy required. Our professionals do perform a full medical history background in order to offer you a realistic idea of the potential outcome and number of sessions needed.
How does laser therapy work?
Our team of trained specialists prefer to use a Pastille laser which has been tried and tested to give the best results. The wavelengths produced by this laser begin to break up the ink beneath your skin into smaller particles which your body’s immune system then carries away. This is an important factor to consider if you are immune-compromised or have a skin ailment such as psoriasis. The success and speed of the removal are reliant on a number of factors such as colour, age, depth and size as well as your body’s own ability to be rid of those particles once they have been broken up.
Does laser therapy hurt?
It does. A laser going up against your skin does hurt but we do employ a number of pain-reducing methods to help lessen your discomfort. The most effective is the Zimmer Cooler which protects your skin and distracts from the heat of the laser.
Once the treatment is over, there will also be some pain during the healing process as you can expect some bruising, scabbing and blisters. As long as you abide by our post-treatment instructions, your healing process should be relatively speedy and pain-free.