Fraxel laser treatment is a safe and gradual laser procedure that stimulates the body to replace aged, scarred and photo damaged skin. The Fraxel laser is a novel device that can provide the positive results of laser resurfacing using a non-invasive technique with little downtime. The Fraxel is the treatment of choice for busy patients who cannot have downtime. How does fractional resurfacing with the Fraxel laser work?
The Fraxel laser achieves its effects by a revolutionary new process called fractional resurfacing. Instead of treating the entire skin surface, it treats just a fractional percentage of the skin’s surface, thereby allowing the natural ability of the skin to heal itself very quickly after treatment. What types of conditions can be treated with the Fraxel?
The Fraxel has been shown to be effective in the treatment of facial and non facial photo damage, wrinkles, and discoloration. It is also being used for the treatment of acne scars and other scars on the face, chest, and back. In addition, non facial areas with extensive keratoses and photo damage (arms, legs), may be improved with treatment. Is Fraxel laser treatment uncomfortable?
Some patients will experience discomfort during treatment, therefore a topical anesthetic is applied prior to the procedure. How many treatments will I need?
The majority of patients will achieve satisfactory results with a series of 2 to 5 treatments. However, deep wrinkles (often seen around the mouth), may require additional treatments. Fraxel treatments are typically performed every four weeks, but may be done either more or less frequently, depending on the condition. Are there any side effects associated with Fraxel therapy?
Patients may experience slight redness, peeling, and swelling for 3 to 7 days after treatment. However, some patients may develop small raw areas that take longer to heal.
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5 Treatments -non-ablative 1550 nm erbium fractional laser, intralesional kenalog & shave biopsy
3 months after 1 fractional ablative laser treatment
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1 month following two fractional ablative laser treatments
3 months following 5 non-ablative erbium fractional laser treatments
Surgical Scars: Fraxel Re:store™ Laser
Acne Scars: Fraxel Re:store™ Laser
Striae: Fraxel Re:store™ Laser
Striae with Keloidal Scars: Fraxel Re:store™ Laser
Melasma : Fraxel Re:store™ Laser