About Fraxel

Fraxel is an FDA-approved laser that performs fractionally. This means that the laser beam doesn’t cover every part of the skin; rather, small bits of laser energy are delivered to the skin without damaging the surrounding areas. Because Fraxel is non-ablative (meaning that no skin is removed), the layer of skin is left intact, which reduces side effects and recovery time. 

What can Fraxel treat?

  • Scarring 
  • Sun damage 
  • Age spots
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven tone and texture
  • Dull skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Two wavelengths for better results

Fraxel features two wavelengths that are used for different things.

  • The 1550 nanometer wavelength is a deep penetrating laser mostly used to treat scarring (especially acne scars)
  • The 1927 nanometer wavelength is a very superficial penetrating laser used more for skin rejuvenation (improving pigmentation and skin tone)

Treatment

Before treatment begins, your face will be washed and a numbing cream will be applied. This cream will need to set in for one hour, and depending on how aggressive your treatment will be, you may also require anesthetic injections. We will let you know during your consultation if this will be necessary. Once you’re numb, the treatment will begin. The Fraxel laser will pass over your skin with rolling motion. To keep you comfortable, cool air will be blown over the surface of your skin as the laser works. Depending on your specific needs, multiple treatments may be required to achieve your desired results.

Recovery

Downtime is more minimal with Fraxel than traditional lasers. Most patients feel a sunburn-like sensation for a couple days following treatment, and the skin may be pink and swollen.

After a few days, scabbing will develop and then naturally shed. While everyone’s recovery will be different, the majority patients only need about two days off from work and other activities. In some cases, the skin may develop dark areas, and those who are prone to cold sores may have a flare-up due to the laser energy. If you’re concerned about any of these side effects, please let us know. 

Candidates for Fraxel

Because Fraxel is a fractional, non-ablative laser, it can be used on any skin type; however, it should not be used on pregnant women or those who are taking the acne medication Roaccutane. If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for Fraxel treatments, we can let you know during your consultation with us.

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