Fraxel Laser is something of a modern miracle for non-invasive facial rejuvenation, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin pigmentation, sun damage, acne, stretch marks, dullness and, in some cases, the pre-cancerous skin condition actinic keratosis.
Unlike the laser skin resurfacing treatments of the past that left the face raw and the patient in hiding for weeks, today’s Fraxel Laser delivers remarkable, radiant results with fast recovery.
Fraxel can actually be administered on any part of the body, including the delicate area around the neck and chest, and has FDA-clearance for treating the following skin conditions:
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Vascular dyschromia
- Sun-induced redness
- Actinic keratoses
- Irregular texture of the skin
- Surgical scars
- Fine lines around the eyes and mouth
- Loose or sagging skin
Fraxel laser skin treatment is not suitable for all skin types. So before undergoing the treatment, you need to find out whether you are a candidate. Only an experienced plastic surgeon can tell you whether it is safe for you to undergo the procedure. Since Fraxel laser treatment works well on almost all parts of the body, including delicate and sensitive areas, you can have a lengthy list of beauty goals to share with the doctor at mia Aesthetics during your consultation. Be prepared with questions. Our expert will be able to confirm if Fraxel is a strong option for you versus other available treatments.
The advanced laser skin resurfacing technology behind the Fraxel Laser is ideal for those wishing to restore the youthfulness of the skin and reverse the signs environmental damage without undergoing an invasive surgical procedure. You may be a good candidate for Fraxel resurfacing treatments if you meet the following criteria:
- Are noticing premature signs of aging
- Want to eliminate skin pigmentation or acne scars
- Are prepared to stay out of the sun for several months after treatment
- Have a fair, olive, or tan skin tone
- Understand the risks involved with treatment
Fraxel resurfacing treatments offer a number of benefits for men and women of all ages, but the more aggressive treatments may not be appropriate for those with darker skin, as the burning process can cause permanent damage to the skin or excessive scarring.
Most treatments can be performed in under 25 minutes. The Fraxel laser causes deliberate micro-injuries to the skin; the real magic takes place during the repair process. Fraxel laser treatments encourage the body’s natural healing processes replacing the dull, damaged skin with renewed, radiant, healthy skin. Sort of a pixelated demolition, the Fraxel laser creates micro-thermal zones, encouraging the regeneration of the deeper collagen and elastin while as well as around 20% new surface skin with each treatment.
With Fraxel, the top layer of the skin is preserved, shielding the tissue and allowing faster healing times. This means patients are able to wear make-up as soon as they feel comfortable. Some swelling may occur and usually subsides in 24 hours. Fraxel laser patients will appear to be sunburned for a few days but fully recover in about a week.
Most patients can go back to work shortly after treatment, or the next day. They must also protect the skin with SPF 30-plus sunscreen twice per day, and completely avoid the sun to prevent further damage to the sensitive skin.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
While modern laser technology is powerful, effective and life-changing, the technology alone doesn’t yield results…it’s about how the technology is used and the skill of the handler. While it is extremely safe, improper use of laser technology can lead to discomfort, burning or less than optimal results because the operator lacks the knowledge to customize the procedure to your needs. That’s why we recommend having your Fraxel Laser Resurfacing done by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who has the depth of knowledge to make Fraxel technology a smashing success for you.
Does my history of light-triggered seizures pose a problem with Fraxel?
Unfortunately, yes. Other factors that may indicate Fraxel isn’t right for you include taking light sensitizing drugs/anticoagulant medicines, a history of poor wound healing, and having taken Roaccutane within the previous six months. In these cases, your mia Aesthetics surgeon may suggest other therapies to better fit your body and your needs.
Do I need to take any special precautions before or after Fraxel?
Yes! Your mia Aesthetics surgeon will review these with you, but general advice includes avoiding sunburn in the target area(s) before and after treatment. In fact, a good sunblock after treatment is a must because your skin will be especially fragile. Stay hydrated by drinking water and use a noncomedogenic moisturizer is your skin feels tight or itchy afterwards. Cold compresses are great for providing relief if your skin feels hot. DO NOT PICK, PEEL OR POP ANYTHING ON YOUR SKIN. And refrain from waxing or using harsh products on the treated skin for a week.
If I want more than one round of Fraxel, how quickly can I space my treatments apart?
If you are intending to have multiple Fraxel treatments, your skin is ready for a subsequent treatment a month after your first.
How many Fraxel treatments does a person normally need?
Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 4 to 6 sessions. While everyone is different, some people see results immediately and some see improvement after 2 or 3 sessions. Results are progressive, which means you’ll see optimal improvement in 2 to 3 months. This time frame allows for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.
Does Fraxel have any risks or side effects?
Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from Fraxel and are typically minimal, with swelling subsiding within a day or two and redness fading within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. There is a very limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring. The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of treatment and on your particular healing characteristics. Your mia Aesthetics physician will provide specific instructions about what to expect and how to minimize any side effects.