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the first generation of Fraxel was known to have a sting, but the technology has been refined and that reputation is no longer valid.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...

Guess to win!

Want to enter? 1. Estimate the number of bottles in the vase Deb is holding 2. Go to Facebook or @dr_david_sharp on Instagram and comment on the post with your estimate 3. The person who places the closest guess will recieve a $200 PRAHS Skin Voucher 4. Winner will be announced 12th of October 2018 Good luck! Terms and conditions: Voucher can be redeemed on any skin treatment with Deborah. Cannot be redeemed on surgical fees, surgical consultation or medical treatments. Not redeemable for cash or transferrable. Voucher valid until the 1st of January 2019. Please note the bottles in the image shown are for display purposes only, and do not contain any products. What's your Summer Skin Plan? Get started with a complimentary consultation with Deborah to discuss how wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, Fraxel resurfacing laser, micro needling or key active ingredients can help you reach your skin goals! click here to book...

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....

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...

Popular procedures for modern men

Men are more open to the options that aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine offer than ever before. And while women still comprise the majority of our patients, data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicates that the number of men having cosmetic procedures increased by more than 106% between 1997 and 2012; an ongoing trend echoed by the growing number of men seeking cosmetic improvements at our clinics. Often, male patients say they don’t like the tired, stressed or unhealthy appearance they see in the mirror - because they still feel young, strong and fit on the inside. Others are looking to freshen up their appearance before re-entering the dating scene. And many mention a desire to stay competitive in the workplace, linking their looks to their recruitment and promotion prospects - something noted by London economics Professor Daniel Hamermesh in his study of the financial benefits of aesthetic appearance. Here are some of the surgical and non-invasive treatments most commonly requested by men in our clinics: Rhinoplasty Nose jobs are a powerful way to change the entire dynamic of the face. Previous surgery, nose trauma or genetics can leave men with misshaped, prominent or irregular nasal characteristics. It can also cause breathing problems and snoring. Rhinoplasty surgery reshapes bone and cartilage, changing the underlying structure of the nose and creating functional improvements - such as improved breathing - while making aesthetic adjustments that improve its appearance and proportion with the rest of the face. The surgery requires about 7-10 days off work while bruising and swelling subsides. Dr Sharp’s patients receive a post treatment care pack that assists with accelerating...

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...

Beast the festive season bulge

You’d have to be superhuman - or super anti-social - to completely avoid the overload of food, drinks and excess that is synonymous with the festive season. The combination of food high in sugar, salt and fat, along with the occasional sugary drink or alcoholic beverage - followed by hot lazy days - often sees the unwelcome expansion of love handles and spare tyres that looked, and felt, much smaller a few months ago. Certain areas of the body - such as the abdomen, flanks and back, naturally lend themselves to fat accumulating. Once these pockets of fat have formed, it can be difficult to eliminate them, even with a healthy lifestyle. It’s enough to make those new years resolutions of getting fit and healthy seem like a pipe dream. After you’ve finished adjusting your belt up a notch or diving into your comfy pants, consider some small, easy steps you can begin taking this week to get your body back to where you’d like it to be. Even the most stubborn of fat can be budged with the combination of a sensible diet, moderate physical activity and SculpSure fat removal. By now we all know the key to a healthy diet - but it’s a matter of sticking to it! Plenty of water, fresh vegetables and fruit, moderate amounts of lean protein and low-GI grains. If you are grocery shopping on a budget, try a local farmers market for great deals on fresh fruit and vegetables to last the week. For a reminder of what you should be looking for on your plate, click here or here. If joining a...