The Fraxel or Palomar laser

What is fraxel or palomar laser?

This laser makes use of a unique technology as it sends columns of laser energy into the skin, which then removes a range of different scars 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 treating sun damaged skin with mottling and wrinkles.

How does it 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 only works on dermal structures such as collagen fibres and scar tissue. It is most suitable for lesions on face such as acne scars, and also neck or trunk. Surgical scars or stretch marks can be treated on any region. When the laser is applied to the skin, old, pigmented cells are removed, and the penetration of collagen into the dermis causes new collagen to form. The type of pigmentation treatable is hormonal pigmentation such as chloasma or melasma. Dermal tissue starts to regenerate after 24 hours.

Before the procedure, an anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin. Fraxel laser treatment can be used on most areas of the body, although it is most effective on the neck, chest and hands. It can be used on all skin types. After the treatment, the gel is removed from the skin. Some patients may experience some swelling and mild discomfort and discolouration for a few days.

It is important that proper moisturisation and sun protection is used at this time to aid proper recovery.

Who should undergo this type of treatment?

This type of treatment is recommended for patients who suffer from sun damage, skin pigmentation associated with surgical scarring and acne, as well as those who would like to improve the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.

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Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases and is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. As a dermatologist, Dr Steve van Heerden treats a wide variety of diseases and disorders of the skin, nails and hair. Dr van Heerden’s practice is located in Brooklyn, Pretoria and offers a comprehensive range of dermatology services.


Physical Address: 421 Marais St, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181
Postal Address: P.O. Box 36405, Menlo Park, Pretoria, 0102

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