Question of the week: is Fraxel laser painful?

I’ve wanted to have laser resurfacing for many years for lines and pigmentation, but the images of crispy skin and stories of painful treatments has put me off. Does Fraxel laser hurt and is there any way to reduce the pain? - patient Deborah: One of the things I love most about Fraxel is that the technology has been industry-leading for around for two decades; it is proven and well-tested science that has stood the test of time and millions of treatments. Like most of the first rejuvenation lasers, it’s true that the first generation of Fraxel was known to have a sting, but the technology has been refined and that reputation is no longer valid. The ‘new’ Fraxel is not painful for most patients; a mild prickling sensation can be felt. We ensure patients are comfortable by applying a topical anaesthetic cream before the treatment and the machine now comes with a Zimmer device, which blows chilled air on the skin as the laser works, distracting nerve endings. I have personally used most of the other leading lasers, radio frequency and pulsed light machines on the market over the past 15 years and Fraxel is by far the most comfortable. It manages to achieve great results without being ablative, so you don’t get the discomfort, persistent burning sensation, hot spots or ‘crispy’ skin you describe. Fraxel downtime is quite brief in comparison to other lasers, and initially looks like sunburn and develops into a grainy ‘ground coffee’ appearance as the skin exfoliates - you can view pictures of this process on the video we posted here. The Fraxel The new Fraxel...

Spring skin treatments

  Did you know that after a collagen-stimulating treatment, it takes about 6 weeks to start to see the results? That means now is the perfect time to start planning for summer holidays, skin-baring dresses and your party season glow! Begin by removing pigmentation and dead, lacklustre skin cells while strategically stimulating collagen with our rejuvenating medical skin treatments: - FRAXEL LASER - DERMAPEN MICRONEEDLING - REVOLUMISING DERMAL FILLERS - WRINKLE INJECTIONS - LIP ENHANCEMENT Kick start your summer skin with a proactive approach to healthy ageing and natural-looking results. Book a complimentary skin assessment consultation with Deborah for a treatment plan tailored to your skin goals by calling 3202 4744.   —————————————————————————————————————————– CLINIC NEWS 25% OFF LIP ENHANCEMENT INJECTIONS  Rejuvenate thin, dry or lined lips with our high quality dermal filler injections, using techniques that produce beautiful, natural-looking results. Topical anaesthetic is provided at no cost, for extra comfort. See in clinic for terms & conditions. DOUBLE CHIN INJECTIONS Unwanted fat under the chin can create a prematurely aged or heavy appearance. Double chin injections non surgically reduce fat, visibly refining the jaw line with 2-3 treatments - ask about our exclusive treatment packages! THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BREAST AUGMENTATION Are you or someone considering breast augmentation surgery? Dr Sharp’s free surgery guide provides in depth information about this popular procedure; from implant selection and techniques through to the recovery and risks....

Dr David Sharp before and after photos 2017 highlights

This is a small selection of our before and after photos from 2017! Thanks to all the lovely patients who permitted us to share their images this year, to help educate others about plastic surgery and the outcomes that can be achieved. Our patients come in all shapes, sizes and ages - and from the young to the mature aged, we believe it’s important to provide insight into the ‘real’ faces of plastic surgery; everyday patients! Despite the fact that much of what we see on social media probably reflects otherwise, the average plastic surgery patient is not a size 8 model with perfect breasts, a blogger’s body or celebrity with deep pockets; they’re everyday people investing in their health, wellbeing - and aligning how they look on the outside, with how they feel on the inside. This video provides an insight into the spectrum of procedures Dr Sharp performs every week. Happy New Year to all of our amazing patients, and thank you for making us part of your journey in 2017!...

Why we choose fractionated Fraxel laser

Fraxel fractionated laser resurfacing addresses 7 key facets of facial ageing Fraxel laser resurfacing was one of the first on the market, and over the decades has refined its technology, continuing to be a leader in the laser rejuvenation field. Modern day Fraxel is comfortable, quick and gets maximum results with minimal downtime. After the treatment, our patients begin to notice the following improvements in their skin; these changes continue in the weeks and months following their treatment, to achieve their final result: Reduction of precancerous sun damage (actinic keratosis) that can lead to sun cancer Pigmentation and sun spots are eliminated Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced Skin texture and condition is improved Facial, neck and chest/décolletage skin feels tighter Pore size is reduced Scars and stretch marks are improved Treatment intensity and depth is tailored to each individual patient One of the best aspects of Fraxel is its ‘dual’ function; which gives it the ability to be varied in intensity, allowing us to modify the therapy depending upon whether the patient’s skin is quite healthy, or requires extensive resurfacing - and how long they want their downtime to last. A low intensity treatment helps to remove superficial sun spots and pigmentation, with only a weekend of coffee-grain like shedding. While a more intensive treatment will lift extensive sun damage and address deeper lines, and will involve shedding for about 5 days. Your Fraxel treatment will begin with a thorough skin analysis with our dermal clinicians, who will assess your skin, discuss your desired result and advise of the best intensity to achieve this for you. The treatment doesn’t...

What is actinic or ‘solar’ keratosis?

An actinic keratosis (AK) is also known as a ‘solar’ keratosis. It has the appearance of a crusty, scaly growth and is caused by  damage to the skin from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation; something we see a lot of in Queensland! Can it cause skin cancer? Actinic keratosis is considered a pre cancer because if  it’s left alone it may develop into a skin cancer, most often the second most common form of the disease, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). What causes solar keratosis? Sun exposure! Queensland has the dubious title of the ‘skin cancer capital of the world’, having the highest rates of skin cancer thanks to our high year-round UV levels, outdoor lifestyle and the predominance of people with light skin colour in our population. The most common type of precancerous skin lesion, actinic keratosis appear on skin that has been regularly exposed to the sun or artificial sources of UV light, such as tanning machines. Where does actinic keratosis form on the body? They most frequently appear on exposed areas such as the face and body, including the scalp, ears, shoulders, neck, arms and back of hands. They can also appear on the shin, ankles and feet. Which skin types are more likely to develop solar keratosis? People who have fair complexions are more prone to AKs than are people with medium or dark skin. What does solar keratosis look like? They are often elevated, rough in texture and resemble warts or scabs. They often become red, and can range in colour from  light or dark beige, white or pink. They can also change colour. In...

Is Fraxel right for me?

Fraxel is suitable for all skin types and can treat a wide range of skin problems and signs of poor skin health, scarring and ageing. During your pre-treatment consultation with your clinician, your skin will be thoroughly assessed. We will also ask you what you want to achieve for your skin, so we can customise your Fraxel treatments with your ideal end result in mind. Here are some common questions we receive during these consultations: What parts of the body does Fraxel treat? Face Neck Décolletage/chest Hands Arms Legs Scalp Abdominal and limb scars and stretch marks Is it right for my skin colour? Fraxel laser rejuvenation is unique in that it can treat women and men of all skin colours and ages. Unlike some other lasers which are only indicated for specific skin types, Fraxel can treat both light and dark skin safely and effectively. What skin concerns does Fraxel treat? Sun damage and pre cancerous skin growths (actinic keratosis) Pigmentation and age spots - or ‘liver spots’ Fine lines and wrinkles associated with environmental damage and collagen depletion Acne scarring Melasma and blotchy discolouration of the skin Poor skin condition or dull complexion Enlarged pores Thin, crepey skin What results can I expect from Fraxel? Promotion of new collagen development More radiant skin Reduced acne scarring Reduced melasma and sun damage Overall more rejuvenated, luminous skin What can I expect during my Fraxel consultation? You will complete one of our Patient Information Forms, and we will ask you some questions about you medical history, previous treatments, lifestyle and skin goals. Fraxel might not be the best treatment...