Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Your Beauty -

WHAT IS IT? Viewed as the gold stan­dard in anti-age­ing lasers, Fraxel is per­fect for those over 40. It stim­u­lates col­la­gen and elastin pro­duc­tion, and can treat sun dam­age, pig­men­ta­tion, wrin­kles and fine lines. It also helps to re­duce acne scars and firm up skin. An ad­di­tional Om­nilux light treat­ment aids the heal­ing process.

PAIN FAC­TOR: A top­i­cal anaes­thetic is ap­plied be­fore the pro­ce­dure, so pain is min­i­mal, de­scribed as more of a “prick­ling” sen­sa­tion. Cold air is also ap­plied through­out the treat­ment, which helps to com­bat the heat skin gen­er­ates.

DOWN­TIME: Min­i­mal. It’s com­mon to ex­pe­ri­ence a sun­burnt feel­ing af­ter­wards, and some peo­ple have mild swelling and puffi­ness for two to three days. Book­ing treat­ment on a Fri­day is ad­vised to min­imise down­time from work com­mit­ments.

RE­SULTS: Smoother, younger, fresher-looking skin with im­proved tone and tex­ture. Re­sults will be vis­i­ble within a week and skin will pro­gres­sively im­prove over the next few months as the heal­ing process con­tin­ues.

COST: About Face in Auck­land offers a course of three Fraxel and three Om­nilux treat­ments at a to­tal cost of $2700, with pay­ment plans avail­able.

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