Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing
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.
What does Fraxel Laser Treatment involve?
Fraxel® Laser Treatment can be performed right in your doctor’s 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, your physician 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 your physician may choose to space treatment sessions even further apart.
What can I expect after Fraxel Laser Treatment?
Results with Fraxel® Laser Treatment are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually noticeable in about two to three months. Because Fraxel® Laser Treatment spares healthy tissue, it is effective even on delicate skin areas, such as the neck, chest, and hands.