Fraxel® Laser Treatment for Skin Rejuvenation
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fraxel® Laser resurfacing?
The Fraxel® family of products, which include the Fraxel re:store® and the Fraxel re:pair®, have quickly become the industry standard for aesthetic skin rejuvenation.
Never before has there been such an effective, non-surgical, non-invasive way to repair sun damage, improve the tone and texture of your skin and remove years from your appearance.
Fraxel Laser Treatment (FLT) is a “fractional” treatment that produces thousands of deep, tiny columns in your skin, called microthermal treatment zones. It is designed to treat aging and sun damaged skin by targeting a specific percentage of damaged tissue. “Fractional” refers to the laser treating only a fraction of the skin in a pixel-like pattern leaving the healthy, untreated surrounding tissue. This treatment method triggers the body’s natural healing process, accelerating the skin’s natural production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells to replace the damaged cells.
Fraxel can treat facial skin, including around the lips, eyes and the eyelids, as well as body parts including neck, chest, arms, and hands. Fraxel lasers have received multiple FDA clearances and have been found safe and effective in treating many areas of the face and body.
Which Fraxel® product is best for me?
Each of the Fraxel procedures provides a unique treatment and the best course of action will be determined by you and your doctor.
Fraxel re:store treatment – mild to moderately damaged skin:
Fraxel re:store can resurface damaged skin and uncover the skin of your youth – all with minimal impact on your daily routine. You can return to normal activity the very next day.
Fraxel re:store typically treats these conditions:
- Acne/Surgical Scars
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Melasma (mask of pregnancy)
- Irregular Texture
- Sun Spots and Age spots (pigmented lesions)
Fraxel re:pair treatment – for more severely damaged skin:
Fraxel re:pair treatment corrects more severe damage without the prolonged downtime or adverse reactions of surgery or other older resurfacing procedures. Fraxel re:pair treatment actually produces a significant tightening effect by vaporizing hundreds of thousands of microscopic columns of tissue. Also, if you haven’t yet developed the loose skin that comes with age, then Fraxel re:pair treatment can help keep it that way.
It is the first fractional ablative laser to have FDA clearance for the following conditions:
- Irregular Texture
- Sun spots and Age Spots (pigmented lesions)
- Sun-induced Redness (vascular dyschromia)
- Acne Scars
How many treatments will I need?
Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions, spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. (Based upon our experience, our office offers treatments in packages of four.) Depending upon your condition and schedule, you and your physician may choose to space treatment sessions even farther apart.
Since this is a more aggressive treatment, clinical studies suggest that for most people, maximum results are realized in just one treatment.
When can I return to my daily activities?
All Fraxel procedures offer the benefits of speedy healing with minimal downtime.
Side effects are negligible and typically involve swelling and redness. Mild swelling should subside within a day or so, and redness usually fades over several days. The appearance for several days after the procedure is similar to a sunburn.
Fraxel re:pair is a more aggressive procedure with slightly more downtime than re:store. After about 5-7 days, patients can return to their normal activities with mild to moderate redness that resembles a sunburn. These effects may vary in intensity and duration depending on your skin’s healing characteristics and the aggressiveness of your treatment.
Does Fraxel Laser Resurfacing hurt?
Treatment is well tolerated and feels like a prickling sensation. A topical anesthetic cream is applied one hour prior to treatment to minimize any discomfort. Stronger medication is available on a case-by-case basis. A cool air stream is also directed at the skin during treatment to increase comfort.
Since the re:pair is a more aggressive procedure, topical anesthetic cream, oral medication and/or nerve blocks help lessen the sensation and keep the patient comfortable during the procedure.
When will I see results after my laser treatment?
After your Fraxel Laser Treatment, you will begin to feel the difference in your skin, as it gradually becomes softer, smoother and fresher. Fine lines around your eyes and mouth will noticeably fade, as will uneven coloring and the brown spots caused by aging and sun exposure.
Results are immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allows for complete healing and replacement of damaged tissue with new collagen and elastin, and viable healthy skin cell growth.
Results are immediate and progressive. In the three to six months after treatment, you’ll get even more results as the deeper layers of skin continue to heal.