Fraxel is a rejuvenating laser that improves the skin from the inside out. Fraxel uses pinpoint laser beams that penetrate the skin’s surface to eliminate damaged cells. The heat generated by the laser stimulates the body’s natural healing process which helps to produce new collagen.
What is Fraxel used for?
Fraxel is FDA cleared for skin resurfacing peri-orbital wrinkles (around the eyes), age/sun spots, melasma, and acne/surgical scars.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments depends on the condition we are targeting. Most patients will do four treatments, spaced four weeks apart. Some conditions such as severe wrinkles or acne scars may require extra treatments.
Is it painful?
We will apply a topical anesthetic for 60-75 minutes prior to the treatment. Most patients tolerate the procedure very well with the topical and using the “zimmer” cold air that is blown onto the treated skin. Some patients having more aggressive treatments will choose to take medication, and most have a driver to transport them.
What is the downtime?
You will have some degree of redness and swelling, depending on how aggressive your treatment was. Most patients report redness and swelling for 3-5 days. You may also have dry skin, minor itching, and a bronzed appearance that feels rough to the touch for 7 days. You will be given specific instructions to minimize these side effects.
When will I see results?
You will notice smoother skin within weeks of the treatment, but the full results cannot be seen until 3-6 months after your last treatment, due to the nature of collagen synthesis.
Do I need to prep my skin?
Patients with darker skin types or a history of hyperpigmentation may need to pre-treat their skin with hydroquinone 4% for 4 weeks prior to the treatment. This will help to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or “darkening of the skin”. You should also stop using Retin-A for 5-7 days prior to this treatment.
For additional information, please visit www.fraxel.com or call our office at 405.751.3424 for a consultation.