Brisbane’s sunshine provides the best State in Australia to live in, but it also can cause premature skin pigmentation, wrinkling, age spots, and uneven skin tone. Our unique combination of IPL to treat superficial pigmentation combined with high density Fraxel provides unparalleled results with just one or two treatments. Pulse Fraxel equals maximum results with minimal recovery.

Facts on Pulse Fraxel

  • Pulse Fraxel laser is a Specialist treatment devised by Dermatologists
  • This is a combination of IPL/ BBL and Fraxel laser performed in the one sitting
  • Pulse Fraxel treats sun spots, sun damage, skin pigmentation and fine wrinkles
  • Most clients only require one treatment for skin rejuvenation
  • Recovery from Pulse Fraxel is ultra quick- within 4-6 days depending on the settings
  • This treatment is painless as we use a blend of numbing creams
  • Pulse Fraxel is safe for the treatment of Asian Skin types and ethnic skin

What conditions can Pulse Fraxel treat?

The combination of Intense pulse light or broad band light (Scition) plus Fraxel 1927 or 1550 can treat a variety of skin conditions. This is because IPL treats the superficial pigment, whilst Fraxel treats deeper pigmentation. Fraxel also exfoliates the skin’s surface, speeding up recovery from IPL.

Pulse Fraxel is an excellent treatment for-

  • Sun damage
  • Solar keratosis or sun spots
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Skin pigmentation – brown pigmentation
  • Overall improvement

What is Pulse Fraxel and why is it better than Fraxel alone?

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The combination of two types of lasers in the one sitting gives far better results. Most patients require only one session.

Pulse Fraxel is a unique Specialist treatment invented and used by Dermatologists.

The idea behind this combination is that 2 treatments are better than one. It produces better results, with safety in mind. This delivers better outcomes for the patients, reduced healing times, and a cost savings.

IPL targets superficial brown pigment such as sun damage, sunspots, freckles and age spots. Fraxel helps push out this pigment from the skin’s surface, but at the same time treats deeper pigmentation, and helps with fine wrinkling and photo-aging. The results? Higher clearance rates of pigmentation, better skin texture, and improved skin tone, all with a down time of a few days.

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Is Pulse Fraxel painful?

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No. Specially formulated numbing gel is known as 23/7 and is 5 times stronger than the traditional EMLA used in many cosmetic clinics.

Patients who have had Pulse Fraxel rate the pain as 1-2 out of 10. (10 being most painful, 0 as no pain)

How long does the procedure take?

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Pulse Fraxel takes a little longer than Fraxel laser alone. Here is the time line of this treatment –

  • Local numbing cream applied by us one hour before procedure
  • IPL/BBL treatment – 10 minutes
  • Fraxel laser straight after IPL/ BBL- 10 minutes
  • Recovery 5 minutes.

Give 1.5 hour for the whole procedure.

How safe is this procedure?

Pulse Fraxel treatment is very safe. Side effects occur in less than 2% of cases and include-

  • Infection. This can be reduced with antibiotics taken just after the procedure. Patients with a history of cold sores are also prescribed anti viral medications as a precaution.
  • Post laser darkening – this is the most common side effect. Pulse Fraxel can uncover pre-existing melasma, or cause darkening of treated skin in Asian or ethnic skin patients. This is almost always due to accidental sun exposure- even for a few minutes up to 3 weeks post procedure. Pigmentation will fade with time, SPF and bleaching creams.
  • De-markatinon can occur. This is because treated skin is new and fresh, whilst untreated skin stands out. I teach my laser nurses to treat 1 inch below the jawline so the mandible acts a border. The other option is to treat your chest and neck areas to blend in the laser, if you have sun damage on these areas.

What is the recovery time following this treatment?

4-6 days, depending on the settings. As a guide

  • Asian and ethnic skin types; 4 to 5 days recovery- treatment has to be gentle
  • Heavy pigmentation, marked sun damage, sun spots, age spots, heavy freckling- 6 day recovery.

Can I drive home after the laser procedure?

Yes, providing you have not been sedated. Sedation is not needed in 99% of patients, however if you suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia, sedation is advised.

How many sessions of pulse Fraxel will I need?

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The number of laser sessions will depend on the level of sun damage, pigmentation as well as your ethnic skin type. The majority of patients will receive between 50-80% improvement with one treatment.

Asian and ethnic skin types WILL need between 2-3 treatments for optimal outcomes. This is because post laser darkening is commonly seen, and hence lower treatment levels are prescibed to help reduce this side effect.

How much is Pulse Fraxel treatment?

$1290 per treatment

For more than one area treated, eg. Face plus neck, chest the total cost is $2100.

*This includes the laser theater fee as well as 23/7 numbing gel.

Is this treatment covered under Medicare or Health insurance?

No. Fraxel and fractional lasers / IPL are all considered as cosmetic in nature and not covered. As a guide, brown spots are not covered under Medicare. Red spots are. Examples of red spots include red moles, birthmarks, broken blood vessels, and spider naevi. In this situation a partial Medicare rebate applies.

My viewpoint on Pulse Fraxel laser treatment

By Dr Davin Lim
Aesthetic Dermatologist
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I started combination treatments over 5 years ago, first with the erbium and BBL, and most recently with BBL and CO2.

Pulse Fraxel however is my favourite. Combination treatments seem logical as one laser (Fraxel) treats deeper pigment and aids in exfoliation of the skin. IPL or BBL only targets superficial pigmentation, and hence combining 2 treatments in the one sitting gives far greater results than just one. This saves both time, and expense for our clients.

Treating ethnic skin is another story. There are no short cuts, treatments have to be gentle, and conservative or post-laser skin darkening can occur. In this setting, patients will need at least 2-4 treatments for optimal results. For ethnic skin types, my preferred combination is with Picosure Picofacial Fractoinal laser and Fraxel. This gives amazing results with little downtime and no chance of post laser skin darkening.