Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments in Miami
What is the Fraxel Laser?
Think of your skin as a precious portrait or digital photograph in need of high-quality restoration or touch-up. Just as a treasured painting is delicately restored one small area at a time, Fraxel® Laser Treatment improves your appearance by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of tiny microscopic laser spots.
How does the Fraxel Laser work?
Fraxel® Laser Treatment produces thousands of tiny, but deep, columns of treatment in your skin known as microthermal treatment zones. This process eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells and penetrates deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen. Just as important as the treated areas, the success of this procedure also depends on the areas of skin the Fraxel® laser leaves untouched.
This fractional laser resurfacing treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy tighter tissue to replace skin imperfections.
How is Fraxel Laser Resurfacing Performed?
Fraxel® Laser Treatment can be performed right in our dermatologists office using only topical anesthesia in most cases. If you are having a significant area of your skin treated, your doctor will design a pain management approach to maximize your comfort during the procedure.
After the treatment, you will experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour and some minimal discomfort afterward.
The skin will have a pinkish tone for five to seven days. Swelling is minimal and generally resolves in two to three days. You may apply makeup or shave soon after treatment. Some patients are able to return to routine activities, including work and social obligations the same day, while others require a little more time, depending on their skin condition.
During your initial consultation, our Miami skin specialists will determine the best treatment plan to achieve your desired results. By design, each Fraxel® Laser Treatment targets between 20 and 25 percent of the skin’s surface. Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is three to five sessions, spaced about two to four weeks apart. Depending on your particular condition and schedule, you and our skin specialists may choose to space treatment sessions even further apart.
What Conditions Does the Fraxel Laser Treat?
Fraxel laser resurfacing can address a number of different concerns and conditions. This is because the treatment stimulates ongoing collagen production, and collagen is a protein that is involved in tissue regeneration. In addition to giving you generally better-looking skin, Fraxel can be performed to address specific problems like:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Scarred or pocked skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough, dull skin
How Long Does a Fraxel Laser Treatment Take?
Each laser skin resurfacing treatment using the Fraxel device can take 30 to 45 minutes.
How Many Treatments Will I Need Before I See Results?
According to clinical studies, the best results are achieved with a series of three to five sessions. These are scheduled every two to four weeks until completion. That said, your skin and your goals are unique! We may devise a custom schedule that is more tailored to your specific needs. The good news here is that you can expect to see improvements in your skin after each of your sessions.
What Results Can I Expect from Fraxel Laser Treatment
After your Fraxel treatment, your skin will undergo a transformative process that lifts pigment to the surface, where it dries and sloughs off. Once this process of cellular turnover is done, you can expect to see a new level of radiance on your skin. Some describe it as if light were reflecting more brilliantly off their skin, even in the most basic of settings. As new collagen forms to support your skin, it should become smoother and firmer over time, and feel softer, as well. The scars, pigment, or fine lines that were once a frustrating problem should be drastically improved, if not altogether resolved.
Is There Any Recovery Time After a Fraxel Laser Treatment?
We suggest taking some time off after your Fraxel treatment. While there is no real downtime, your skin will appear red and spotted for about five to seven days. The spotting may darken for about three days before the tiny scabs start to fall off. During this time, you'll need to be diligent about following your aftercare instructions, including washing your face gently and avoiding sun exposure. To aid in your tissue regeneration, you will need to keep your skin well-moisturized. Maintaining these habits can also promote long-term results from your laser resurfacing treatment program.
Is the Fraxel Laser Treatment Painful?
Laser skin resurfacing, even using a fractional laser, emits powerful energy through the epidermis. To mitigate discomfort, we apply a topical numbing cream to your skin prior to your treatment. This stays on the skin for 30 to 45 minutes. It does not numb your skin completely but can significantly reduce sensation. With that and the use of air cooling during the procedure, you might feel more of a prickling and warming sensation. Because multiple passes are made over the same areas, sensitivity to the heat can increase as your treatment progresses. Fortunately, the intensity is short-lived; once you begin to notice it, the handpiece will be moving on to the next treatment zone!