Instead of treating the whole skin surface, fractional treatments deliver small columns of energy into the skin between which are columns of normal skin, leading to fast healing times with far less complications.
1. Fraxel Restore 1550 laser
How many and how often treatments are required?
The number of treatments required depends on the severity of the scarring and the desired outcome. Usually 4-6 treatments are advised, spaced at 4-6 weeks apart.
Downtime is usually between 3-5 days with redness, but no damage to the skin surface.
2. Fractional Radio Frequency (RF) technology
- Duet Ablative Fractional RF
Duet Ablative is bi‐polar RF energy that delivers effective skin resurfacing. Ablative RF results in a smoother and clearer complexion with minimal recovery time. It assists in collagen stimulation, reducing lines and wrinkles and refining pores for an improved skin texture, and can help smooth scarred skin, making it an ideal non‐surgical solution for skin rejuvenation.How many and how often treatments are required?
Usually 2-4 treatments are performed, with treatments performed monthly.Recovery process
There is usually no downtime although grid marks are often visible initially, but these may be covered with makeup for a few days after treatment.
- The Secret: needling radio frequency
Needling radio frequency has the advantage that is delivers fractional beams of radio frequency enabling a deeper treatment with minimal to no downtime. It can be used on all skin types from the fairest to the darkest of skins. The addition of the needling to the radio frequency further enhances its benefit.How many and how often are treatments are required?
Usually 4 or 5 treatments are performed, at monthly intervals.Recovery process
There is usually no downtime although uncommonly some swelling may occur for a few days.
When are results visible?
Benefits of treatment begin to be seen after 4-8 weeks. Both the Duet and Secret, with a few treatments, give superior results, not dissimilar to ablative lasering. Both Fraxel Restore and the Fractional RF Duet and Secret improve acne scarring, skin texture, pore size and lead to improved complexion and skin tightening.
They are excellent treatments for those desiring improvement to acne scarring with minimal downtime.
Is treatment with Fraxel, Duet or Secret painful?
To minimize discomfort, a local anaesthetic cream is applied one hour prior to the treatment and two Paracetamol with Codeine tablets are given. If gentle treatments are preferred, then treatments can be carried out fortnightly for 6-8 treatments. If the radio frequency energy is more pronounced, then only monthly treatments are needed for 3-4 treatments.
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