Fraxel laser treatment utilizes a fractionated technology to rejuvenate the skin and improve wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation, stretch marks and acne scars. The laser delivers precise columns of laser light that penetrate the skin to create a pattern of tiny microscopic wounds. These microscopic wounds trigger your body’s natural healing process, stimulating the production of new collagen, resulting in a smoother, more rejuvenated, younger appearing skin.
How many Fraxel laser treatments will I need ?
The number of Fraxel laser treatments you will need depends on your skin condition. However,since the laser only treats a portion of the skin during each session, most conditions require a series of three to five laser treatments to achieve the best results.
Is the procedure painful?
Prior to treatment your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic cream to decrease discomfort. While pain sensation is variable, most patients feel an increased sensation of heat during treatment. After treatment, your skin will feel as though it is sunburned.
Am I a candidate for Fraxel laser treatment?
If you have acne or other select scars, blotchy pigmentation, sun damaged skin, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles or aged skin you may be a candidate for Fraxel laser treatment. If you have a history of abnormal or keloidal scarring, smoke, have taken Accutane in the last year or are taking medications or have health conditions that may compromise your ability to fight infection, you may not be a candidate for Fraxel laser treatment.
What will my skin look like following treatment?
Fraxel laser treatments cause less downtime than traditional laser resurfacing procedures. Immediately following treatment your skin will appear pink or red and swollen. As the skin heals you may develop itching and a tight feeling. Over the ensuing week your skin will develop a bronzed appearance and may feel dry, rough and scaly.
What should I do before Fraxel laser treatment?
It is important to avoid sun exposure and to use a broad spectrum sunscreen for two weeks prior to Fraxel laser treatment. You should also discontinue OTC retinol and prescription retinoids including Retin A, Differin, Tazarac, Epiduo, Ziana and Veltin for two weeks prior to treatment. If you have a history of cold sores or herpes simplex infection in the treatment area your physician will prescribe an antiviral medication prior to and following treatment to prevent an outbreak.
What should I do following Fraxel laser treatment?
Following Fraxel laser treatment you should wear a broad spectrum sunblock daily and avoid direct exposure to the sun for a minimum of three months. To maintain your results it is important to continue to protect your skin by using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily. Following Fraxel laser treatment, you should cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser and pat rather than rub your skin dry. Your physician may recommend a moisturizer to minimize flaking following treatment. If you are using topical OTC or prescription medications, discontinue use for one week following treatment. If you develop a blister, crust, or sore or painful area of skin you should contact your physician. You should not apply makeup to open, crusted or sore areas.
What are the risks of Fraxel laser treatment?
The most common risks of Fraxel laser treatment are redness, swelling, lightening or darkening of the pigment of the skin, a flare or acne or herpes, skin infection, burn and scarring including elevated and keloidal scars.
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