A Few Things You Need to Know
First, you’ll want to understand why Fraxel laser technology came about. What physicians – and their patients – wanted was an approach with many of the benefits of an invasive laser skin resurfacing performed with traditional devices, but without the downtime, side effects and lengthy recovery period. Hence the introduction of Fraxel laser – a breakthrough aesthetic solution.
Over the past years this technology had been subjected to an extensive research, which has lead to development of even more versatile and effective fractional laser – Fraxel Dual.
How Fraxel Laser Works
Fraxel laser produces thousands of tiny, but deep columns of treatment in your skin, known as microthermal zones. This treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells. It also penetrates deep into the dermis. Just as important, though, are the areas of skin the Fraxel laser leaves untouched. For every microthermal zone the laser targets and treats intensively, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact. This “fractional” treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy, tighter tissue and replace skin imperfections. The new Fraxel Dual includes two options: a deeper one for scars and wrinkles and more superficial one for pigmentation and fine lines. Therefore, your physician can customize the treatment to target your problem precisely and effectively.
What Problems Can be Treated with Fraxel Dual
- Hyperpigmentation: melasma, freckles, age spots (much better results compared to previous version of Fraxel)
- Wrinkles and texture irregularities such as enlarged pores
- Acne and surgical scars
A Fraxel Laser Treatment Plan
Before treatment, you and your doctor will discuss which area(s) of your skin is(are) appropriate for treatment, what kind of result you can expect, what to look for after treatment and how often treatments will be scheduled. Because Fraxel laser treatment spares healthy tissue, it is effective even on delicate skin areas, such as the neck, chest and hands.By design, each Fraxel laser treatment targets approximately between 20 and 30 % of the skin’s surface. Clinical studies suggest that on average an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced about 4 weeks apart.
Depending upon your condition and schedule, you and your physician may choose to space treatment sessions even farther apart. The results are noticeable after each treatment and continue to improve over subsequent months. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months.
Preparation for Treatment
Fraxel laser treatment can be performed right in your doctor’s office. The treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed prior to the procedure. Next, topical anesthesia will be applied and then wiped off after it has taken effect, usually in about an hour.
What to Expect During the Treatment
You physician will set the parameters most suitable for your skin’s needs and perform multiple passes. You will feel heat, which is usually well tolerated. Immediately after an ice pack and soothing cream will be applied. The whole procedure will take approximately 20 minutes.
What Happens After Treatment
You will experience a sunburn sensation for one to two hours after the treatment. You may apply make-up or shave soon afterwards. Some patients are able to return to routine activities, including work and social obligations, within a few days. Others require a little more time, depending upon their skin condition and treatment.
Please consult your physician to understand how Fraxel laser treatment will fit into your schedule.
Subsequently your skin will undergo a healing process, which involves:
- Redness and swelling: this will vary depending upon your skin and the treatment. Swelling generally resolves in 2 to 3 days. Your skin will have a pinkish tone for five to seven days, which is a normal sign that the skin is healing deeply.
- Bronzing: your skin will have the bronze appearance with lots of tiny brown dots for 2 to 4 days, depending on the treatment level.
- Flaking: your skin will naturally and vigorously exfoliate as the reorganized skin replaces dead tissue. This stage will take 2 to 4 days. Use of a moisturizer will mask the appearance of flaking.
- Sunscreen: use sunscreen SPF 30+ at least twice daily to protect your skin from sun exposure during the healing phase and for several months after treatment. For added protection from sunlight, use wide-brimmed hats.
In most cases the repair process on the outside completes within a week, revealing a fresh and glowing complexion. Over the following weeks and months the body repairs the deeper dermal layers, stimulating collagen formation and producing beneficial changes over the next 2 to 3 months.
A Unique Approach to Repairing Aging and Sun Damaged Skin Pixel by Pixel, Spot by Spot…
Think of your skin as a family portrait or digital photograph in need of high quality restoration or touch up. Just as a damaged painting is delicately restored one small area at a time, or a photographic image is altered pixel by pixel, Fraxel laser treatment improves your appearance by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of tiny microscopic laser spots.
Turn Back the Clock on Aging
After your very first Fraxel laser treatment, you will begin to feel the difference in your skin, as it gradually becomes softer, smoother, tighter and fresher. Fine lines around your eyes will noticeably fade. So will uneven coloring and the brown spots caused by aging and sun exposure.
Improve Your Skin with Each Visit
After several treatments, friends and family will marvel at how youthful and healthy your skin looks. Finally, there is a proven, safe approach to repairing aging and sun-damaged skin.
Fraxel laser treatment has been cleared by the FDA to safely,gently and effectively resurface your skin from the inside out. In the decade since Fraxel first pioneered true fractional laser technology, physicians around the world have treated more than 800,000 women and men of all ethnicities, each with their own reasons for wanting to look and feel younger.