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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?

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Is Fraxel laser painful?
Deborah Seib-Daniell


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the first generation of Fraxel was known to have a sting, but the technology has been refined and that reputation is no longer valid.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; when a suitable topical anaesthetic cream is used, 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 20 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 new Fraxel is the virtually pain-free for most patients. Our clinic was the first plastic surgeon lead practice in Brisbane to offer Fraxel laser, and we chose it specifically because it is a very high quality, medical grade laser that delivers measurable results without unnecessary discomfort.

Most of our team members have had the treatment, so if you want to talk to someone first hand who has undergone Fraxel don’t hesitate to call us on 07 3202 4744 and ask!


The above information is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice. All surgery carries benefits and risks, and we recommend visiting the specific page related to the procedure you are interested in to learn more. 


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