How does Fraxel work?
Fraxel resurfaces the skin by causing controlled micro-injury. Results develop as the body heals itself, replacing the old, damaged skin cells with new cells, increasing collagen production and breaking up pigmentation and textural issues. Fraxel is a non-ablative laser, meaning it heats the targeted tissue without destroying it. Fraxel is appropriate for moderate sun damage and pigmentation. You will also notice improvement in textural issues, such as pore size, fine lines, scars, wrinkles and creases. Fraxel may be used on most areas of the skin, including the hands, chest, legs, arms, back, neck and face. It is possible to treat multiple areas of the skin in a single session.
Is Fraxel safe?
The FDA has cleared Fraxel Dual to safely treat a number of issues related to skin texture, tone and pigment. Fraxel has an excellent safety profile. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks. As a teacher and trainer of other physicians in laser procedures, Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced physician who understands the finer points of laser treatment.
Prior to Fraxel, a topical numbing gel will be applied to the treatment area. This will minimize discomfort during the procedure. The procedure itself typically takes less than 30 minutes. Patients report a sensation of heat and may experience mild discomfort.
Fraxel requires downtime. Downtime is characterized by predictable stages that usually resolve within a week of treatment. Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will appear bright red, and feel very warm. Over the coming week, most patients experience some degree of minor itching, dry skin, and peeling or flaking. You may notice that your skin appears to have a “gridded” or “pixilated” look. Your provider will give specific instructions about what to expect and how to minimize side effects. Limiting sun exposure is critical during Fraxel recovery.
You will begin to notice an improvement in pigmentation and a brighter complexion in the weeks following a Fraxel treatment. Full results from Fraxel develop over the following months as your body creates new, healthy collagen. Patients are typically happy with results from one treatment.