Fractional Lasers Sydney NSW

Fractional Lasers

Fraxel was the first company to introduce the fractional Fraxel laser in 2005. Since then there have been several companies develop new fractional lasers each using different parameters but all based on same principle of fractional laser which is the delivery of small columns of thermal injury to the skin,  in a “micro-dot” or “pixelated”  fashion. This allows faster healing with much less risk of complications. This was to be alternative to traditional laser resurfacing which had a relatively long recovery time and high risks complications.

What are fractional lasers used for?

Improve skin texture, tone, lines, wrinkles, scars and some pigmentation disorders.

What type of fractional lasers does Áda Aesthetic Medicine have?

At Áda we have 2 different fractional lasers:

  1. Fractional Carbon dioxide laser Mixto – ablative
  2. Fractional 1540 nm Palomar laser – non-ablative

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fraxel was the first laser company to market the fractional laser.  The first Fraxel was non-ablative 1550nm wavelength with the carbon dioxide (CO2) added later to achieve quicker and better resurfacing results. Now there are several laser companies that produce fractional lasers such as the  Mixto fractional CO2 laser.

Fractional CO2 lasers are modified CO2 lasers which allow the treatment of smaller zones or ‘micro-spots’ eg treating 10, 15, 20 or 40 % of the skin surface in the treatment area, rather than the whole (or 100%) of the skin area.

What are the advantages of fractional CO2 laser?

The advantage of this is that areas of ‘normal skin’ are left in between the laser-treated zones, which allows rapid healing and less side effects. This treatment combines the proven benefits of CO2 lasers with ‘micro-spot’ (fractional) technology. It is suitable to treat lines, wrinkles, coarse texture, open pores, sun damaged skin, scars and acne scars.

The benefits of CO2 fractional resurfacing are: a shorter recovery time, results can be seen after just one treatment, numbing cream alone may suffice for many treatments, deeper treatments can be performed more safely, the complication risk is greatly reduced and it can be used to treat non-face areas eg neck, chest, hands.

How much time will I need off work?

The recovery time depends on the settings used. A very light setting can be as short as 3 days. A medium to high energy  treatment could average 7 days. (* see series photos after medium settings.)

What are the risks?

Risk of complications with fractional laser is much less than traditional laser, which is still very low. Risks include scarring,  prolonged redness, skin pigment changes and infection.

How many treatments will I need?

A single fractional CO2 treatment may be enough to see results.

More than one treatment, however, may be necessary to achieve optimal results. Second treatments are spaced 3 – 6 months later.

Who will be doing my laser treatments?

At Áda only experienced laser doctors do the consultations, treatment planning and laser treatments. No ‘laser technicians’ or nurses are used at any Áda clinics.

Who should not have CO2 fractional laser?

Contraindications to treatment include: abnormal healing eg keloids, Roaccutane within the last 12months, pregnancy, immune suppression (HIV, transplant patients), darker skin (which has an increased risk of discolouration & scarring,) and full laser resurfacing in the last 6 months.

Non-ablative 1540 Fractional Laser

Fraxel was the first laser company to market the non-ablative fractional laser with 1550nm wavelength. Since then there have been a few companies develop their own fractional lasers.  At Ada we also perform gentler non-ablative fractional skin resurfacing with the Palomar 1540nm laser.

What does 1540 fractional laser mean ?

This technology treats skin in a fractional manner, ie “micro-spots”  but does not ‘ablate’ or remove skin in the treated area, rather treats below the skin surface to stimulate new collagen growth.

What can a 1540 fractional laser do?

It is a lighter, gentler treatment, used to refresh the skin’s glow, reduce pores and rejuvenate sun damaged skin. It is also effective in improving scars from acne, surgery or old trauma scars.

Palomar 1540nm fractional laser is FDA approved for treatment of stretchmarks.

Is it Painful?

Many smaller areas can be treated with no anaesthetic. Larger areas can be treated with just topical anaesthetic cream applied at least 30 minutes prior to the laser.

Any down time?

Recovery time is short, range ranging  from 3 – 7 days, mainly swelling and small pinpoint crusts. Make up can be used in many cases after 12-24 hrs.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required to achieve best results will range from 3-6 sessions at 4 week intervals.

Who will be doing my laser treatments?

At Ada only experienced laser doctors do all consultations and all laser treatments.

No ‘laser technicians’ or nurses are used at any Áda clinic.

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The friendly team at āda aesthetic medicine looks forward to meeting you. Contact us today at one of our clinics or enquire online.

Glebe Practice

  • Phone 02 9552 1442
  • Address 88 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
  • Opening Hours
    Monday 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Tuesday 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Wednesday 9:00am to 8:00pm
    Thursday 9:00am to 7:00pm
    Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Our Glebe practice is easily accessible by train and bus. There is metered street parking available.

Wollongong Consult Room

  • Phone 1300 651 149
  • Address 332 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

Consultations and select range of treatments in Wollongong.