Fraxel Laser Therapy is a laser skin rejuvenation procedure aimed at controlled treatment of many areas of the face and body. It is a fast, non-surgical, no downtime method that repairs damaged skin and can treat a number of issues from hyperpigmentation to scars to wrinkles to sun damage.
The Fraxel laser reaches deep into the skin’s second layer, the dermis, and stimulates the body’s restorative abilities, as well as its production of new collagen. Older skin that is damaged is removed from beneath the epidermal layer, the outermost area of skin. The procedure is unique because it only targets a specific part of your skin, reducing the risk of skin damage to your healthy skin.
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WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR FRAXEL LASER THERAPY?
Fraxel Laser Therapy candidates include men and women of all ages who want to reduce age spots, actinic keratoses, irregular texture of the skin, surgical scars, sun damage, acne scars, skin pigmentation, wrinkles near the eyes, and even melasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.” Fraxel is better suited for patients who have fair, olive, or tan skin.
THE FRAXEL LASER TREATMENT
Dr. Tehrani will begin the treatment by cleansing your skin and applying a topical cream to numb the treatment area one hour prior to the procedure. The laser is passed over the treatment area, but no visible damage is done to the epidermal layer of the skin.
Fraxel Therapy treats only selected areas of the skin, leaving healthy and unaffected skin intact. This supports the healing process and stimulates your body’s healing capacity. Treatments usually last about 30 minutes.
TYPES OF FRAXEL LASERS
Fraxel Clear + Brilliant uses both laser light and an antioxidant formula to repair sun damage, smooth wrinkles, brighten the skin, improve skin texture, and reduce enlarged pores. The antioxidant, Perméa, increases skin permeability so that your skin can absorb more of the product’s beneficial ingredients.
Just one 10-30-minute treatment will improve your skin. Most patients get 4-6 treatments every two weeks and then occasional treatments to maintain results. Individual results will vary.
Of all the Fraxel lasers, Clear + Brilliant has the “lightest touch” and the fastest recovery. This is why it’s sometimes called the “baby Fraxel.” Residual redness is usually gone within 12 hours.
Fraxel Re:Store Dual includes a new wavelength technology called Thulium to treat hyperpigmentation, brown spots, melisma, and actinic keratosis (pre-cancer). While it is often used on the face, it is especially effective on large areas of skin with dark spots, such as the chest, back, legs, and arms. Most patients require 3-5 treatments every 3-8 weeks.
The darkened areas will gradually lighten. Post-treatment redness usually lasts a few hours to a few days. The dark pigment will be even darker for the first week or two. After 3-4 days, the skin will peel and will feel like sandpaper for a week or more. Afterward, your skin will feel smooth, and your skin tone will be more even.
Fraxel Re:Pair, a carbon dioxide laser, is the best Fraxel device for the signs of aging and severe sun damage due to its ability to treat a deeper layer of the skin. As a result of this deep penetration, 3-5 days of downtime are usually required.
You will continue to see improvement in lines and wrinkles for 3-6 months after your treatments. Most patients receive at least two Fraxel Re:Pair treatments. Individual results will vary.
A topical numbing agent is used to decrease discomfort, and you can expect some oozing, itching, peeling, and crusting during the healing process.
RECOVERY FROM FRAXEL LASER THERAPY
After Clear + Brilliant and Re:Store Dual, you can return to work or normal activities the same day or the next day, although some people prefer to take a day or two after Re:Store Dual treatments. After Re:Pair, you will need 3-5 days of downtime for recovery depending upon the depth of your procedure.
In all cases, your skin will probably be pink or even red similar to a sunburn for a few days. Mild peeling may occur. You can usually cover these effects with makeup. We will provide you with detailed after-care instructions so that you can speed the healing of your skin.
Your skin will be prone to sunburn after your treatment, so please wear sunscreen when outdoors.
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LOUISA AGATE, LMA