Introducing ThermaFrax.

The combination of Thermage skin tightening and Fraxel re:pair skin resurfacing into one advanced treatment.


What is ThermaFrax?

ThermaFrax combines two treatments that work together for improved results. Thermage is our most intensive collagen rejuvenation treatment for skin tightening & lifting, which is combined with Fraxel re:pair laser skin resurfacing. This combination treatment of laser and radio-frequency energy, targets the deeper layers of skin and collagen to address specific skin concerns.

Step 1: Thermage


Initially Thermage is performed to stimulate new collagen formation. Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen-rich layers of the skin, separating the water molecules from the fibrous collagen, causing an immediate contraction, resulting in skin tightening. Over the next few months, the body’s healing response continues as collagen is deposited and remodelled.

This part of the treatment will take approximately 60 to 120 minutes.

Step 2: Fraxel re:pair


The next step is Fraxel re:pair skin resurfacing, which addresses significant tone, texture and pigmentation. This CO2 laser penetrates deep into the skin to remove old and damaged skin cells, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. Your body’s natural healing process is stimulated, which replaces the cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin. 

This part of the treatment will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

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What are the risks associated with ThermaFrax?

At Prèface Cosmetic we ensure patients have met the necessary criteria for recommended treatments and procedures. It’s important to be aware of the risks associated with Fraxel re:pair and Thermage in order to make an informed decision. There may be other unexpected risks or complications not listed here and some lifestyle factors and medical conditions can cause greater risks. Results from our treatments and procedures vary patient to patient according to factors including genetics, age, diet and exercise. All risks will be discussed with you in detail at your consultation with the doctor.

Fraxel re:pair is a powerful ablative facial skin resurfacing treatment and requires a twilight anaesthetic.


Risks and side effects associated with Fraxel re:pair:

  • Discomfort during the procedure
  • Bleeding, oozing, crusting
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pigment changes
  • Itching
  • Acne or Milia Formation 
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Blisters
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Herpes Simplex Reactivation 
  • Eye Injury 
  • Inducing Skin Cancer Formation


Risks and side effects associated with Thermage:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Surface irregularities
  • Altered Sensation (“Numbness”, “tingling”, or “temporary paralysis”)
  • Burns, Blisters, Scabbing, and Scarring
  • Lumps, Nodules
  • Pigment Changes
  • Oedema
  • Erythema/blanching

What is the downtime associated with ThermaFrax?

Recovery time varies per patient and depends on the level of treatment, which will be discussed in detail at your consultation with the doctor.

Although there is usually no downtime associated with Thermage, Fraxel re:pair is a powerful ablative facial skin resurfacing treatment with a typical downtime of 2-4 weeks. Swelling associated with laser treatments usually disappear in 1-2 weeks. The total healing process of Fraxel re:pair can take up to 6 months.

Please note that ThermaFrax treatment requires a twilight anaesthetic.

What areas are addressed with ThermaFrax?

Fraxel re:pair targets skin tone texture, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots/pigmentation and acne scarring, whereas Thermage targets loose skin on the face such as marionette lines, brow droop, crows feet and jowls. Combined, this double treatment will leave you with firmer, fresher looking skin.

When will I see results?

ThermaFrax results are not instant and will take time as your body’s natural healing processes are activated.

The results of Thermage will be most noticeable in 2-6 months post-treatment as new collagen is formed by the body. Fraxel re:pair results are seen more quickly after the initial healing process of about 2 weeks. Recovery will vary patient to patient – the total healing process of Fraxel re:pair can take up to 6 months as the body replaces damaged skin cells with new ones.

Contact us to discuss whether ThermaFrax is suitable for you
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