Pulse Fraxel Laser Peel

Pulse Fraxel Laser Peel

Westside Laser Dermatology is Brisbane’s only Specialist center to Pulse Fraxel treatment. The Pulse Fraxel Peel takes laser treatment to another level. This dual treatment combines both BBL with Fraxel in the one sitting. This synergy treatment means that in most cases only one treatment is needed.


This treatment is ideal for improving skin texture and skin tone, and is best suited for sundamage skin commonly seen in Queenslanders.

  • This treatment combines both BBL (known as Broad Band Light) with Fraxel in the one session
  • Westside Laser Dermatology individualises treatment protocols for each patient
  • Pulse Fraxel Peel has a down time of 3-7 days, this is dependent on the amount of skin texture changes and pigmentation
  • Treatments take 30 minutes to perform and are painless
  • We use local numbing cream in all cases
  • Pulse Fraxel Peel is ideal for sunspots, skin pigmentation and fine wrinkling
  • Most patients will only require one treatment, however subsequent treatment can provide even better results
  • Skin tone and deep wrinkles can improve with further treatments
  • All treatment parameters are tailored according to your skin type, and downtime
  • This is an excellent treatment for brown spots, facial and sun pigmentation but not a good treatment for melasma- a special form of dark areas on the face.

Pulse Fraxel Peel utilises two time-tested light and laser based treatments in the one setting to remove skin pigmentation and sun damage, improving skin texture and tone.

IPL or BBL uses a band of intense light that targets brown or red pigmentation on or just beneath the surface of the skin. Immediately after IPL-BBL, Fraxel laser is applied. Fraxel laser punches microscopic columns of laser light into the deeper layers of the skin. This targets deep pigment and collagen, in turn tightening the skin- hence improving skin tone. Laser energy simulates your rejuvenation process, replacing old and damaged cells, scars and collagen with fresh, glowing and healthy skin cells.

Pulse Fraxel is Westside Dermatology’s unique combination treatment of IPL and Fraxel laser in the SAME session. This combines two excellent methods of skin rejuvenation to give outstanding results with only one treatment session.

Pulse Fraxel Peel treatment is conducted as follows-

  1. Numbing cream used 45-60 minutes before treatment
  2. IPL-BBL at chosen wavelength for treatment of superficial facial pigmentation
  3. Fraxel 1927 or Fraxel 1550 immediately after IPL
  4. Recovery of 3-7 days depending on treatment parameters

IPL address superficial skin pigmentation and uneven skin texture, and in some cases redness, whilst FRAXEL laser address deeper skin pigmentation, sunspots, and mild, fine wrinkling.

The combination of IPL/ BBL and Fraxel can give Specialists the flexibility to treat many skin conditions with this unique and synergistic program. This includes the ability to manage –

Sundamage and skin ageing

Fraxel combined with IPL can reduce sunspots, brown pigmentation and wrinkling, improving skin texture- giving back the fresh and glowing look of youth. IPL treats superficially, whilst FRAXEL targets the deeper layers of the skin.

Wrinkles and poor skin tone

We use the 1550 setting for the treatment of heavier wrinkles and decreased skin tone. For improvement of deeper wrinkles, the 1550 setting is used, and multiple treatments will be needed. We recommend a series of 3 Pulse Fraxel Peels for heavy sundamage / or marked wrinkle reduction.

Facial pigmentation

Freckles, sunspots and facial pigmentation can be safely and effectively treated with only one IPL-Fraxel treatment.

We do not recommend IPL or Fraxel as first line management of MELASMA- this is a unique form of skin pigmentation and should be treated with creams first.

Rejuventation of the hands and arms

Fraxel –IPL can dramatically improve sunspots and skin ageing on the hands, and forearms. In this setting, most patient will require a series of treatments (ideally 3) for the perfect blend.

Rejuvenation of the chest and neck

One of the safest and most effective treatments for the chest and neck. We often combine Fraxel laser either IPL, Vascular Laser, or Q switch laser to achieve a perfect fading of sundamage and pigmentation in these areas. Most patients will require a series of 3 treatments in for this area.

Most forms of facial pigmentation can be effectively treated with the Fraxel Laser. These include sun damage (such as solar freckles, and flat age spots or sunspots)

Facial pigmentation such as skin cancers (such as Melanoma) or hormonal conditions such as Melasma should NOT be treated with FRAXEL. This is why you should have a dermatologist assess what type of face pigmentation you exhibit BEFORE any laser treatment.

Fraxel or Pulse Fraxel Peel is ideal for sun damage, but can worsen hormonal pigmentation such as MELASMA. Specialist do not advocate Fraxel as first line management of melasma, however Fraxel, used in conservative settings with bleaching creams can be used in resistant cases.

A Specialist assessment is the best way forward.

Most patients who undergo Pulse Fraxel Peels will only require one treatment to achieve outstanding results. This is because we combine both IPL or BBL with Fraxel in the one session. IPL or BBL treats superficial pigmentation, whilst FRAXEL treats deeper pigmentation, wrinkles and improves skin texture and skin tone.

As a guide-

  • Mild to moderate sundamage and pigmentation on face: 1-3 treatments
  • Neck and chest rejuvenation: 2-4 treatments

Everyone’s skin is unique, some patients may require an additional treatment for desired outcomes.

* Your Specialist Dermatologist will guide you as to the number of treatments you may require.
** Refer to our Specials for FRAXEL discounts and packages

No. At Westside Laser Dermatology we place patient safety, outcomes and comfort on equal ground. The Pulse Fraxel Peel procedure is less painful than IPL itself. Why? Because we use a Specialist mix of anaesthetic creams BEFORE each procedure. This ensures that even the IPL- BBL treatment is painless. Anaesthetic or numbing cream is used 45-60 minutes before the Pulse Fraxel peel.

Your skin will be red like sunburn following this treatment. Slight stinging will be felt after the anaesthetic cream wears off, however cold water compresses will alleviate the burning sensation. There is no bleeding or oozing following Pulse Fraxel Peeling. Swell starts at 12-24 hours, and peeling within 3 days.

This is the easy bit of the Pulse Fraxel Peel. Skin care and healing is super easy with only 2 steps –

  1. Cleanse with the cleaning kit provided. 2-3 times a day.
  2. Use our special healing balm 3-4 times a day over 3-5 days. This healing balm will reduce your skin peeling and aid in skin recovery.

Avoid the sun for 14 days after Pulse Fraxel Peel.

You can return to exercise within 4-5 days of treatment

Usual make up and your skin regime can be started 5-7 days after Fraxel.

Your Specialist will guide you as to what is the best treatment for your skin.

Treatments are dependent on your skin type, skin condition, your goals, expectations and downtime.

The ideal PULSE FRAXEL PEEL candidate is –

  • Motivated to have great gains from one (or two) treatments
  • Wants to improve skin texture and skin tone
  • Wants to improve sundamage, and skin pigmentation (dark spots)
  • Wants improvement in fine wrinkles

Can have downtime of 3-7 days

Pulse Fraxel: Please contact us for pricing.

3 Pulse Fraxel Peel Package: Please contact us for pricing.

* Includes anaesthetic cream and nursing follow up
** 3 Pulse Fraxel Peel package is ideal for HEAVY sun damage, or pigmentation. Each session spaced out between 4-8 weeks apart.

No. Private insurance and Medicare will not cover Fraxel laser or BBL- IPL treatments. This treatment is classed as cosmetic under Medicare guidelines, and Private Health insurance.

If you are undertaking this procedure for sun damage, PHOTODYNAMIC therapy or PDT maybe an option. You may receive a token rebate from your top-level health cover for PDT treatment. PDT will not give you the cosmetic benefits of Pulse Fraxel Peels.

I started combination treatments with early generation fractional devices with our old Quantum IPL over 7 years ago- great results with old-fashioned skin needling and first generation IPL. We then moved to second generation BBL and erbium fractional laser resurfacing. This proved to be even better, however as compared to Pulse Fraxel Peeling, this treatment was associated with oozing and pin point bleeding. Not desirable immediate outcomes, but never the less, results at day 7 were outstanding and predictable.

Moving to third generation combination IPL and Fraxel, this lifts combination therapy to another level! We use BBL (a form of IPL) to remove light and superficial pigmentation as well as diminish skin redness. The numbing cream before this procedure makes this treatment painless. Fraxel laser is then applied. The combination of IPL- BBL and Fraxel is the basis of synergy treatments – ‘one plus one equal three’. This means one session can give great results without the inconvenience of multiple recovery times.

Unlike fractional laser treatments with CO2 or Erbium, Pulse Fraxel Peel is very comfortable, with no bleeding or oozing. Patient comfort is unparalleled with Fraxel laser.