Does Fraxel hurt?

Quite often my patients remark that they are impressed by the results of Fraxel but concerned about the pain factor. At Palm Clinic we do our utmost to make your experience welcoming and painless.

In order to be effective Fraxel must cause some controlled damage to the skin, so without pain relief, it can be painful. With a topical anaesthetic cream applied 1 hour prior to treatment, most people find this treatment somewhat uncomfortable. With the addition of a cooling device called the Zimmer cooler the discomfort is lessened further. We use the topical anaesthetic and Zimmer cooler for all our patients.

For those who would prefer the experience to be altogether painless, we use Penthrox, an inhaled pain-relief which makes you feel like you've had a few glasses of wine and is also a mild amnesic (you can't fully remember the procedure). Throughout the entire procedure you remain awake and able to follow commands and chat, but afterwards there is only a dim or no memory of the event. The only drawback of Penthrox is that you can't drive your car or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after using it. This means you will need to bring a friend in or catch a taxi home, which most find is a small price to pay for a painless procedure.

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Consulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam DunnConsulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam Dunn

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