The Fraxel or Palomar laser

What is fraxel or palomar laser?

This type of laser treatment makes use of a unique technology that sends columns of laser energy into the skin. This can treat skin conditions such as acne scars, unsightly surgical or trauma scars, stretch marks, wrinkles from ageing and pigmentation.

This laser can also act as an IPL treatment for sun-damaged skin with mottling and wrinkles.

How does this laser treatment work?

This type of laser treatment is non-invasive and works by delivering laser beams that target small fractions of skin at a time. The Fraxel laser, or Palomar laser, works on dermal structures such as collagen fibres and scar tissue. This form of laser treatment is most suitable for lesions and skin conditions on face or neck, such as acne scars. Surgical scars or stretch marks can be treated with the Fraxel laser on any region of the body. Pigmentation that can be treated using Fraxel laser techniques includes hormonal pigmentation such as chloasma or melasma.

Before the procedure, an anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin. Fraxel laser treatment can be used on most areas of the body, but it is most effective on the face. It can be used on all skin types too. There may be some swelling, mild discomfort and discolouration for a few days.

It is important that proper moisturisation and sun protection is used after treatment to aid proper recovery.

Who should undergo this type of laser treatment?

This type of treatment is recommended for patients with severe sun damage and skin pigmentation, surgical and acne scarring. It has anti-ageing benefits and improves the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.

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Dermatology is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of skin, hair, nails and their related diseases. The speciality involves both medical and surgical practices aimed at managing various skin conditions. As a dermatologist, Dr Steve van Heerden is a skin specialist who treats a wide variety of associated diseases and disorders. Dr van Heerden’s practice is located in Brooklyn, Pretoria and offers a comprehensive range of dermatology services.


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