Fraxel is a non-invasive, non-surgical laser treatment for acne scars, wrinkles, Melasma, discoloration and large pores. It works on all skin types and tones no matter your history or genetic makeup. It’s also FDA-approved as an ideal treatment for mild to severe skin conditions that often inhibit one’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest.
What Does a Fractional Laser Treat?
A fractional laser can treat a variety of different skin imperfections and scarring. Here are just a few of the many issues that a Fraxel laser can treat:
Treatment of Certain Types of Melasma
Melasma is a condition in which small brown patches appear on the face, mostly occurring due to overexposure to the sun or the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy. A Fraxel laser can treat certain types of melasma, reducing the appearance of the brown patches.
Reduce Appearance of Acne Scars
If you had bad acne during adolescent or continue to have acne today, scars are inevitable. A fractional laser can provide treatment for acne scarring, reducing the appearance of acne scars for smooth and healthy skin.
Less Visible Surgical Scars
Following a surgery, there is always a stark reminder of that experience in the form of a surgical scar. Fractional laser treatment can reduce the appearance of surgical scars in a variety of locations.
Sun Damage, Wrinkles, and Other Signs of Aging
Fractional laser treatment can dramatically reduce any signs of aging, including sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines. Unlike other treatments, the Fraxel laser is not restricted to just the face. It can treat signs of aging on the neck, chest, hands, arms, back, and legs.
Improved Skin Texture and Tone
Get that youthful shine back to your skin with fractional laser treatment. The Fraxel laser can work to improve your skin texture and tone, giving you vibrant and shining skin.
Fights to Reduce Precancerous Lesions
Repeated sun exposure can lead to the development of precancerous lesions on the skin. The Fraxel laser combats this by replacing the skin that has been damaged from repeated sun exposure with new, fresh skin.
How Fraxel Works
Fraxel works by stimulating the skin in order to reproduce new cells for a healthier, more vibrant appearance. With incredible precision, lasers pinpoint a large area of the skin’s surface in order to rid the body of damaged cells.
In a way, Fraxel “tricks” the skin into producing new skin cells for a fresher look. Fraxel is not recommended for treatment of more than 50 percent of the targeted area. This is because the remaining skin cells aide in the recovery of those undergoing treatment.
What To Expect
Like most laser treatments, results vary based on the severity of skin damage and number of treatments needed.
In general, clients can expect to experience:
- Softer and brighter skin immediately after the procedure. They may also notice a more even skin tone.
- More apparent changes in the skin’s appearance approximately three to six months after the date of treatment.
The procedure itself has been described as marginally painful. Any discomfort usually can be managed with the use of a numbing cream and bursts of cold air when the lasers are in use. There is no residual pain, although the effects may feel similar to a sunburn with light redness and swelling. It usually will dissipate within a few hours; however, the effects will vary from client to client depending largely upon sensitivity of the skin and severity of the treatment.
Dryness, redness and peeling can be combated with:
- Gentle skin care products like Cetaphil or Dove
- Non-irritating moisturizers
- Hats and other protective clothing items
On average, clients can expect to receive three to five Fraxel treatments every four to six weeks.
Is the Fraxel Laser Painful?
A numbing agent is applied prior to using the Fraxel laser to try to diminish any pain associated with the procedure, but there will be some discomfort. Patients will feel heat at the treatment area, and depending on the individual their may be some pain.
After getting treatment from the Fraxel laser, there are a few key tips that can help speed up the recovery process and get your skin looking great!
Immediately After Treatment
- Your skin will feel very warm after the treatment, so cool it down by placing ice packs on the target area in 20-minute increments throughout the day.
- Try to keep the treatment area elevated to reduce swelling
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid diuretics like alcohol or caffeine to keep your skin hydrated and healthy
- Keep your skin shielded from the sun, using clothing, a hat, or strong sunscreen
2 to 7 Days After Treatment
- Wash your face daily using warm water
- Be very gentle with your skin, avoiding any rubbing or skin care products that can irritate the skin
- Put on sunscreen daily, even if you are not going outside
- If there is swelling, try an anti-inflammatory such as Aleve or Motrin
- If the skin peels at all, do not pick it off! This is part of the natural healing process
2 Weeks After Treatment
- After two weeks, you should be able to safely return to your normal skincare and maintenance routine
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
While this can vary from person to person, the average individual will benefit most from 4 to 5 Fraxel laser treatments. However, after each treatment a specialist will examine your skin and make recommendations on further treatments.
San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic
Interested in learning more about Fraxel? Contact us to determine if Fraxel is right for you. Dr. Parvin Mani will assess the condition of your skin along with your individual requests. If Fraxel is not right for you, the San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic has a host of other skin care services to meet your needs.