Fraxel® Laser Treatment is a fractional resurfacing technology that utilizes two laser wavelengths to treat the skin’s surface and stimulate collagen beneath to treat fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, sun damage, age spots, surgical scars, and acne scars. This treatment is customized to each individual’s needs and based upon the treatment goals you discuss with your physician.
Fraxel® treatment improves tone, texture and radiance and is an ideal treatment for people who want to look younger without dramatic changes or extended downtime. The treatment is non-invasive; no cutting and no needles required.
Non-Ablative Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Before and After
Fraxel® laser is a dual-wavelength laser that targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns. These laser columns penetrate deep into your skin to speed up the body’s process of rebuilding collagen. The laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes rapid healing.
The treatment is best described as a heat sensation on the skin. Other experiences may include a tingling or "prickly" sensation and/or occasional stinging. The Fraxel® is equipped with an integrated cooling mechanism that helps to minimize discomfort during the course of the treatment.
The number and intensity of the treatments should be determined by your physician as you discuss your treatment goals with them. While as little as one treatment will show results, between 3 to 5 treatments has shown to provide optimal results.
Immediately after the treatment, you will experience redness, swelling and sometimes pinpoint bleeding. You will notice most of the swelling on the first morning after treatment, particularly under the eyes. Swelling usually lasts two to three days and can be calmed with cool compresses.
You may also notice that your skin appears bronzed or little dark dots will appear on the treated area. Your skin may feel dry, peel, or flake. You may notice a “sandpaper” texture a few days after treatment. This is the treated tissue working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated. This dead skin is a normal result of laser treatment, and should start sloughing off 3 – 4 days after the treatment. Most patients complete this process 5 – 7 days after a treatment on the face.
Fraxel® treatments are performed in the Newtown office.
There are few possible, but unlikely risks associated with this procedure. These include:
- Bleeding, oozing, crusting, blisters, burns, and/or scabbing
- Pigment changes
- Eye Injury
Be sure to discuss any concerns with your clinician prior to treatment.
This procedure is cosmetic in nature and therefore, not medically necessary and not covered by insurance. Payment for Fraxel® laser treatments is expected at the time of service.
It is best not to schedule this treatment within 2 weeks of an engagement for which you have concern about your appearance. In the 2 weeks prior to your treatment, discontinue use of all skincare products that contain glycolic acid, retinol, retinoids, and/or harsh exfoliators.
Discontinue any active tanning, either outdoors or in tanning beds. Also avoid having any chemical peels or microdermabrasion treatments.
Notify our staff if you have a history of cold sores, as we may advise you to take preventative medication in the days leading up to your procedure.
Immediately after treatment, use a very thin layer of petrolatum ointment (i.e., Aquaphor®) to keep the area moist. Use covered ice packs to alleviate any heat sensation and swelling. Before bed, use a mild cleanser and apply a very light layer of ointment.
In the days following your procedure, continue gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection. Do not pick, rub, scrub, or exfoliate skin as it heals. Keep your skin moisturized and protected. Once sloughing is complete, you may resume your normal skin care and make-up regimen.