Fraxel - FAQ
Simply put, Fraxel® is a safe non-invasive laser treatment that promotes your skin's own healing process, resulting in natural rejuvenation that removes years from your appearance.
What are the benefits of Fraxel® treatment?
- Smoother, fresher looking skin
- Improved tone and texture
- Reduced wrinkles around the eyes
- Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars
Has Fraxel® treatment received FDA-clearance?
The Fraxel® laser has received FDA-clearance for treatment of the following:
- Wrinkles around the eye (periorbital wrinkles)
- Age and sun spots (pigmented lesions)
- Brown spots / pregnancy mask (melasma)
- Acne scars and surgical scars
- Skin resurfacing
How many treatments will I need and how will they be spaced?
Everyone's skin is different, but clinical studies suggest that for most people, maximum results are realized in just 3 to 5 sessions. They are usually spaced 2 to 6 weeks apart.
Does Fraxel® treatment hurt?
Topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure to minimize discomfort. After the treatment, most patients report a feeling similar to having too much sun. It usually disappears after 1 to 3 hours.
What side-effects can I expect after treatment and how long will they last?
You will have some degree of redness and swelling. The intensity and duration depends on how aggressive the treatment was and your particular healing characteristics.
Other temporary side-effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronze skin appearance. You will be given specific instructions about what to expect for your particular treatment and how to minimize the side-effects.
What precautions should I take after treatment?
Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and avoid direct sun exposure while your healing for at least 3 months after your last treatment. Further protect yourself by wearing wide-brimmed hats if you expect to be out in the sun.
How long do the effects of Fraxel® treatment last?
It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is restored, continue to protect it as described above. For conditions, such as melasma, it is very important to avoid direct sun exposure.