What Is Fraxel? Fraxel is a laser resurfacing procedure used to rejuvenate the skin. One of the most widely used lasers in cosmetic surgery, Fraxel takes its name from the technique used: the patient’s face is treated one fraction at a time.
The Fraxel laser is actually hundreds of tiny lasers concentrated into a group and administered with a single handheld device. These lasers penetrate past the skin’s surface and target the tissues and collagen-producing layers underneath. Scars, discolorations, and wrinkles are decreased at and below the skin’s surface, and lines and depressed scars are plumped up as subdermal collagen increases.
What Can Fraxel Do?
Fraxel can rejuvenate the face in two ways: by removing lines and wrinkles from the surface, and by encouraging collagen production beneath the skin. To a certain degree, this popular treatment can also tighten the skin and minimize the appearance of pores, acne scars, and stretch marks. It is sometimes used in conjunction with surgical face lifts and injectable dermal fillers to enhance the results of these procedures.
Fraxel can be used anywhere the signs of age are visible: on the face, the chest, the neck, and the backs of hands. It typically takes between 3 and 6 sessions to remove age spots, acne scars, and wrinkles. More sessions might be required in severe cases. Patients with significant skin damage or poor skin tone should look into other treatments for the best results.
How Does Fraxel differ from the CO2 laser?
The Fraxel, or fractionated, laser differs from normal CO2 laser treatments in one important way: unlike the CO2 laser which covers a larger area of the skin and burns off the top layer, Fraxel targets one small area of the patient’s skin at a time, leaving the rest unaffected. This promotes faster healing. This approach requires several laser sessions to treat large areas of skin, but it also decreases recovery time substantially. Typically, each session targets about 1/4 of the treatable skin surface.
What To Expect During The Procedure
Patients are encouraged to show up to their first Fraxel session sans makeup or facial lotion. The cosmetic surgeon will clean the face thoroughly, and then apply a numbing cream. After the anesthetic cream takes effect, a blue tint is swiped across the face. The patient’s eyes are covered with protective shells or lenses.
After treatment, patients experience redness and peeling similar to the effects of sunburn. This mild discomfort is actually a good sign; it means the skin is regenerating itself. Once healed, the skinís surface will look smoother, younger, and healthier. Natural aloe gel can soothe the burn. If your pain is moderate to severe, ask your doctor to recommend a pain management regimen. A 3 – 5 day recovery period is typical, though redness can last for up to a month.
The costs of cosmetic procedures vary by location and year, but patients have recently reported paying between $300 and $900 per Fraxel session.
Though rare, some serious side effects have been associated with Fraxel. These include permanent scarring or skin discoloration. Sit down with your cosmetic surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits of Fraxel, and to learn how you can minimize your discomfort during recovery.
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