Most of us wish we could slow down the effects aging has on our looks – and maybe even get a few years back in the process. Fraxel® is proven laser technology that can help reverse the visible effects of aging, naturally helping you look as young as you feel.
The Fraxel restore laser has captured the national spotlight as a top new advance in the field of skin rejuvenation, with media coverage in Health, Prevention, CNN, and CBS, to name a few. It offers a “fractional” approach to laser skin resurfacing, leaving microscopic islands of healthy untreated skin between the treated areas. As a result it can impressively repair aging, scarred, discolored and sun-damaged skin with minimal to no downtime. The creation of microscopic wounds results in tiny areas of collagen regeneration which gradually restore the skin, both on the surface and at depth, similar to altering the individual dots that make up a photograph in a newspaper or magazine.
How does Fraxel work?
If one views a magnified newspaper photo, one will see that the picture is actually comprised of thousands of tiny spots of ink. Similarly, this laser treatment produces thousands of tiny microthermal zones. These zones penetrate deeply into the dermis producing collagen remodeling and reducing wrinkles. They also resurface the uppermost portion of the skin, resulting in the formation of new epidermal cells with reduction or complete elimination of uneven pigment. Further, the remaining areas of untouched skin between these microthermal zones allow the skin to heal much faster compared to conventional laser skin resurfacing.
- All areas of the skin, including face, neck, hands and body can be treated
- Wrinkles, discoloration, including sun spots, brown age spots and hormonal facial discoloration (melasma) can usually be effectively treated
- Uneven discoloration, sometimes including areas that are too light, can be improved
- Precancerous lesions are reduced
- Scarring of all types including acne scarring, burn and surgical scars can be improved, sometimes quite dramatically
- Large pores and skin roughness can be improved
- There is little to no downtime so recovery is quick
- Minimal risk; Fraxel re:store has the best risk/benefit ratio of any laser
Who is a candidate for treatment?
The Fraxel restore laser is useful for all skin types. However, people with darker skin types are a bit more likely to develop increased pigmentation, which is almost always temporary.
How should I prepare for treatment and what should I expect?
One should avoid tanning for a month before treatment. Fraxel restore treatment is performed right in our medical facility using only topical anesthesia. Some people will also use oral medication to improve the comfort level. The topical anesthetic will remain on about 45 minutes prior to treatment. Treatment with our Fraxel system is now faster, usually 30 minutes or less, and with each treatment you should see steady improvement in skin color and the skin surface
What happens after treatment?
You will experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour and then virtually no discomfort. The skin will have a pinkish tone for five to seven days. This is a normal sign that the skin is healing deeply, that dermal tissue is being repaired, and there is good blood circulation. Swelling is minimal and generally resolves in two to three days. You may apply makeup or shave after the treatment. Typically patients find they can go back to work soon after treatment or the next day.
How does the recovery process proceed?
New epidermal skin develops immediately, within 24 hours. This process of skin repair involves some mild bronzing of the skin and some mild exfoliation of the skin. Moisturizer helps with this and the use of sunscreen after treatment is strongly recommended.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments necessary will vary from person to person, but generally will require 3 to 6 treatments. Treatments are generally monthly, but may be spaced at longer or shorter intervals.
What are the Risks and Side effects?
We have found the Fraxel restore to be the safest laser we have ever used. Infection, scarring and change in skin coloration (either hyper or hypopigmentation) is possible with almost any laser treatment. The Fraxel restore, however, provides unprecedented control in laser skin rejuvenation. Risks are minimal, though the specific risks and the suitability of these procedures for any person can be determined only at the time of the consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk, although the risks of the Fraxel treatments tend, for the most part, to be minor. If you have a history of herpes infection or frequent cold sores, you must notify our skin care specialist at the time of scheduling your treatment, so that an oral anti-viral agent can be prescribed to prevent an outbreak post-treatment.