Most Frequently Asked Questions – Fraxel

The increasingly popular treatment that is getting attention for its incredible results – Fraxel Restore Laser.

Our highly qualified Nurses can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.


Unsure about the process or what to know more information?
We have created a list of the most frequently asked questions our Nurses receive about Fraxel.


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What is a Fraxel?

Fraxel is a fractional laser that treats the skin by penetrating the top layers a fraction at a time via hundreds of thousands of microscopic columns to create an injury below the surface. As a result, this stimulates a repair and renewal process whereby the damaged cells are brought to the surface and shed allowing the new production of collagen and hyaluronic acid to be generated. The treatment significantly improves the quality and overall health of the skin and when put into the correct plan can create incredible results.

What skin issues can a Fraxel treat?

If you suffer from dull skin tone, irregular texture, acne scarring, pigmentation, rosacea, sun sports and general sun damage, this treatment ill make a significant different.

  • Sun damage
  • Dull skin
  • Uneven texture
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Trauma
  • Surgical scarring
Who is the treatment good for?

For most Clear Complexions Clients, a Fraxel treatment is recommended as part of their yearly prescription to combat premature ageing caused by the environment.

Fraxel is appropriate for people at any age depending on clinical indication for use, therefore a Consultation is required to ensure your skin is suitable and will have the best outcome post treatment.

Does it hurt?

This is a very common question! The first step in the process is for our Nurses to apply a strong topical analgesia (numbing cream) over the treatment area and let it take effect. The procedure itself feels like hot pinpricks on the skin which is tolerable. After the treatment you will feel as though you are sunburnt for up 2 hours and for 2 – 4 days your skin will appear red.

How many & how often?

A consultation with our Senior Nurse Consultant will provide a unique recommendation for your skin and how many treatments are required.  Everyone is different, and we have clients who have done 3 treatments 6 weeks apart and others who just do 1 treatment per year.

Our Senior Nurse Consultants will advise you of your personal plan.

What are the results you can achieve?

The results and benefits of a Fraxel can include:

  • Dramatically reduces pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and surface scarring.
  • Resurfaces the skin, shedding layers of built up dead skin cells and accelerates cellular turnover.
  • Stimulates the production of new collagen, improving strength and elasticity in the skin
  • Skin tightening continues after the treatment so that you see the best results 2 – 3 months afterwards.
  • Can be used on all areas of the body
  • Scars start to fill out after 1-2 treatments and the rejuvenate effects continue up to 6 months post a treatment.
Are there any side effects?

Impressively, with this treatment there are very few side effects and in experienced hands, the results are predictable for our Nurses. However, if preformed on an unsuitable client, post inflammatory pigmentation can occur after the treatment. Therefore, it is crucial to have skin imaging in our consultation process prior to the Fraxel treatment to ensure skin suitability.

What is the post procedure experience? Is there downtime?

A very important question as its crucial to know what to expect. You will have a healing phase of 7 days, of which the first 3-4 is the most obvious.

You will be extremely red post procedure, with a sun burnt sensation. Mild swelling starts post procedure and is at its peak the morning after, lasting only a day or so. The skin will often feel rough for up to a week however, this is a positive sign as it means all the dead and damaged cells are shedding off to leave you with fresh, vibrant and healthy skin.


Book a Fraxel with our Nurses today.