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More and more fantasy beauty solutions are becoming here-and-now
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in their approach to cosmetic surgery, new and better lasers are beginning to
surface on the market pushing their results to the limit, at the same time
minimizing patient discomfort and downtime.
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June 24, 2005 -- "People want to look better and they don't want the
downtime. They want changes that look natural rather than looking like a subject
of the 'extreme makeover' programs but they DO want definite improvements."
Enter the new hybrid laser that offers a cell by cell makeover--- Fraxel. Hailed
by CBS News as the top ten beauty breakthroughs for 2005, Fractional Laser Skin
Resurfacing, nicknamed Fraxel, is the latest high-powered resurfacing laser
treatment approved by the FDA for wrinkles around the eyes, as well as age spots
and rough skin. There is considerably less recovery time, redness and discomfort
than other high-powered laser resurfacing procedures.
One of the secrets to the technology is that the fractional resurfacing only
effects between 12 and 20 percent of the skin, which allows the other cells to
assist in the healing process. Fraxel’s parent company, Reliant Tech indicates
that the technology divides the skin into thousands of zones, and then targets
just the unhealthy skin, sparing the healthy skin cells.
"Our patients have been thrilled with the results from Fraxel laser treatment.
The procedure is well tolerated and most of our patients return to their normal
activities the next day. The clinical success and patient satisfaction we've
seen in a relatively short period of time is remarkable. As we continue to
explore the versatility and functionality of this laser technology, I expect we
will find more therapeutic and cosmetic applications for fractional resurfacing
procedures.” Says Dr Low Chai Ling, the first doctor in South East Asia to start
using the Fraxel laser in her clinic in Singapore.
“Fractional resurfacing with the Fraxel laser is a new concept where only a
small percentage of the skin is actually treated," Dr. Low says.
With Fraxel resurfacing, small columns of the skin are heated and the collagen
is denatured down to about 300-600 microns. If you look at the newsprint in a
newspaper, each picture consists of a number of tiny dots that, when viewed from
a reasonable distance, are not discernable. The same goes for the Fraxel Laser
Treatment where there are literally millions of very small laser treatment zones
distributed across the face. The procedure involves application of a blue
colorant to the skin, and a topical anesthetic. As Dr. Low states, “The laser
uses the blue colorant as a ‘mouse pad’ and tracks movement of the skin. It then
removes tiny dots of damaged skin at a time, much like pixels on a digital
photograph.” What’s unique is that each tiny treatment spot cannot be viewed
with the unaided eye.
"The majority of the surrounding skin is left completely untouched. This allows
the skin to heal in from the sides rather than only from underneath. It heals
very, very quickly and there is no significant downtime," she says.
"By performing multiple treatments over the area, you can cover the majority of
the surface — and get very impressive results without the downtime." The results
are cumulative and the results long lasting.
The innovative Fraxel Laser is specially designed to dramatically alter the
appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin regenerating the coveted youthful glow
with amazing results, minimal discomfort and very little downtime. “Think of it
like Adobe Photoshop for your skin, the Fraxel Laser repairs and restores the
skin spot by spot, or pixel by pixel” notes Dr. Low. With each treatment, about
20% of the skin is repaired, leaving the remaining 80% untouched. This accounts
for the minimal recovery period.
What does the Fraxel laser treat? The Fraxel Laser Treatment improves wrinkles
and photodamage and as well as uneven pigmentation such as age spots and sun
spots on the face, neck, chest and even hands. But that is not all, there are
also inprovements in acne scars and reduction in acne as well. “The results we
have seen for acne scars, wrinkles and photodamage are remarkable. There is no
other laser that can achieve such dramatic benefits with such low risks or
little interruption to patients’ routine activities," adds Dr. Low.
Unlike the other ablative lasers already on the market, which remove the top
layer of skin, the Fraxel produces tiny, microscopic areas of thermal wounds in
a dot-like grid, leaving areas of untouched healthy skin in between. According
to Dr. Low, “The Fraxel is different because it leaves alone the healthy cells
in the untouched areas promoting microscopic rapid healing of the entire area.
For optimal results, patients receive a series of 3-5 treatments, spaced
two-weekly. Each treatment takes roughly 20-30 minutes. It is several steps
ahead of the existing lasers and photofacials available today”.
Another benefit to Fraxel treatment is its abbreviated treatment regimen. While
traditional ablative treatment can take months to achieve maximum results,
Fraxel usually takes only three to five treatments with redness lasting usually
one to two days. In addition, results are both immediate and progressive; most
patients see improvements after the first session, but results continue to build
as the collagen regenerates over the course of several weeks.
In addition to shortening the treatment period, Fraxel"s technology also cuts
down on the pain, disfigurement and healing time of laser treatments. "The
reduction of both short-term and long-term side effects usually associated with
an ablative approach is perhaps the most significant factor for patients who
choose the Fraxel treatment," Dr. Low says. "Their quality of life is vastly
improved – they can resume their normal activities the next day, and can even
apply light makeup to the area immediately after treatment." As first doctor in
Southeast Asia to offer Fraxel, Dr. Low notes that the new treatment is also
usually less costly than other laser and even non-laser anti-aging options. As
improvement is gradual and progressive patients like that the results are very
natural looking unlike facelifts and other aggressive surgical procedures, yet
the results are still much more apparent than the milder and older non-ablative
options like IPL etc.
So if you have always wished you could touch up your skin the way you can with a
digital picture? Then wait no longer. Mdm Kwok, 45, a patient of Dr Low Chai
Ling from The Sloane Clinic is a big fan of the Fraxel laser treatment. The
Singaporean mother of two said Fraxel did just that for her -- it erased years
of sun damage and wrinkles with a simple "zap."
"After the first (treatment), it was such a huge, amazing change that I was a
believer," she said. "It didn't hurt at all. There was one part I was laughing
because it was tickling me. And so many things about my face improved, from my
pigmentation to my fine lines to my skin texture."
Dr Low Chai Ling is a fraxel certified physician practicing at The Sloane Clinic
The Sloane Clinic branches are located at :
CitySphere branch: 30 Raffles Place #03-01 Caltex House, Tel: 65-6533 2522 and
VillageSpace branch: 43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-66 Chip Bee Gardens, Tel: 65-6471
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