Most of us wish we could slow down the effects aging has on our looks – and maybe even get a few years back in the process. Fraxel® is proven laser technology that can help reverse the visible effects of aging, naturally helping you look as young as you feel. With Fraxel, change isn’t drastic or scary – it’s you, just younger.
Fraxel is a laser used by physicians to treat damaged and aging skin by harmlessly penetrating the outer layer of skin, but only resurfacing 15-20% of the skin during each session so multiple treatments are needed, often 3-5. This method protects the skin from enduring too much damage at once and eliminates much of the downtime associated with CO2 or erbium laser resurfacing treatment.
Before treatment, your skin will be cleaned thoroughly and a topical anesthetic may also be applied to provide more comfort during the procedure. The device is used to pass a laser over the skin and you may feel a slight pinch or warming sensation with the pulse, but patients rank this as minimally painful.
After treatment, you should expect a sunburn-like redness which disappears in a few days. Within 24 hours, new epidermal skin will develop and your skin will have a bronze appearance which can last from three days up to two weeks depending on what level of treatment you have received. As the new epidermal tissue replaces the damaged tissue, your skin will flake off. Typically patients find they can go back to work soon after treatment or the next day, and you may apply make-up or shave soon after treatment.
To protect your new skin, be sure to wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and apply twice a day. You must avoid the sun as much as possible and take extra care to protect your skin from more damage.