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Fraxel, Celebrities and a personal view from a member of sk:n staff

19th March 2015

Fraxel: The skin treatment Hollywood stars admit to but what do they know that you don’t?

Our Harriet, from sk:n Sheffield talks about the marvels of Fraxel…

“At first glance, the machinery and equipment in a skin clinic can seem intimidating. What does it all do? And why are celebrities ready to admit to using laser treatments but not injectables? Using lasers to do what??

“Take Fraxel, for example. Fraxel is a non-invasive laser therapy and has the unique advantage of two treatment wavelengths - one to specifically target concerns such as wrinkles and acne scarring, and the other to effectively target pigmentation, tone and other more superficial signs of ageing.

The “1550” wavelength penetrates deep into the skin’s layers to reduce or eliminate acne scarring and even surgical scarring

The “1927” wavelength targets skin tone, texture, pigmentation, and other superficial signs of aging.

When I was going through training, Fraxel seemed, and still seems, like a miracle treatment. Though people’s response will differ, it is suitable for all skin types and effective on a number of skin concerns, many of which seriously affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence, such as pigmentation and acne scarring. Indeed, Fraxel can succeed where many other treatments have failed..


Fraxel works through the non-ablative (meaning the skin is heated, not destroyed) laser pinpointing fractions of the skin at a time without affecting the surrounding tissue. The laser columns stimulate the production of younger, smoother, healthier skin to replace the damaged tissue. This then stimulates the skin’s healing process encouraging collagen production and rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to smooth the skin’s surface. Because the process is, ‘fractionnated,’ the downtime is much less than typical ‘ablative’ resurfacing techniques where portions of skin are actually destroyed to create brand new skin across the entire face.

Click here to see some amazing Fraxel Before and Afters...


  • Topical anesthesia is applied pre-treatment
  • Treatment time can vary between 30minutes to 90minutes depending on the treatment areas
  • Course of treatments: 3-5 treatments


  • Apply SPF 30 regularly
  • You need to stay out of the sun for four or five days afterwards


You can immediately go back to work, but you definitely look like you spent too much time in the sun and don’t forgot your SPF 30 for a couple of days!

There can potentially be some minor swelling. Depending on the treatment and wavelength the downtime may be longer.

sk:n clinics incorporates over 25 years of medical expertise and partnership with the NHS with a medical director in every clinic, approachable staff to advise about our treatments and a broad range of cosmeceutical products to provide the most effective treatment plans. We have a national network of 35 clinics, now expanding to Wales through our new Cardiff clinic.

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