Many patients struggle with the appearance of uneven skin, “crepiness” and their overall skin tone. Fraxel® is a great option for patients wishing to dramatically improve the overall texture and tone of their skin without the significant downtime that’s associated with more ablative lasers like CO2. Fraxel® is a form of fractional resurfacing which gradually and over time, stimulates the replacement of aged and photo–damaged skin. It is used for fine lines, crepiness, unevenness and hyperpigmentation. It is based on the principle of microthermal treatment zones, which cause damage, and ultimately stimulation to some areas, while leaving other areas of tissue completely intact.
The laser pulse creates tiny ablative zones, triggering the body’s natural healing process, therefore stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin tissue. The benefit of fractional based therapies is being able to achieve similar results to overall resurfacing (removing full upper layers of skin), but with much less downtime. Fraxel® can also be performed using different levels of treatment, which allows us to tailor the depth and associated downtime. Some of the differences between the different fractionated technologies are the type of skin they’re best suited for, as well as the severity and type of concern.
Patients can benefit from significant textural improvement to acne scars, traumatic scars on the face or body, dull skin and overall unevenness. It also improves the brown spots and pigmentation damage that can be caused by years in the sun. Lastly, patients with darker skin tones can be safely treated using this type of laser.
A topical numbing cream will be applied 1 hour prior to the start of the procedure to reduce any associated discomfort. The laser will then pass over either the full face or just specific areas on the face or body. You will then be sent home with ice packs to aid in the healing process and to minimize redness and swelling. It is normal to experience redness and some swelling for a few days after the procedure depending on the depth that is recommended to address your individual concerns. Appointments are normally booked 4 weeks apart with patients often requiring 3–5 treatments.