How Fraxel Lasers Work
As a non-surgical procedure, Fraxel provides skin care rejuvenation and resurfacing for patients that want to improve their skin and overall appearance but prefer to avoid the risks and downtime associated with cosmetic surgery or other more invasive laser techniques. A Fraxel laser treatment is referred to as a “fractional” procedure because it uses a technique in order to resurface the skin, with only a certain percentage (fraction) of the skin’s surface being treated by the laser. This method safeguards healthy skin during the procedure by treating only certain columns of skin tissue. This is achieved by the laser’s ability to divide the skin into thousands of microscopic treatment zones (MTZ).
In addition, Fraxel lasers are able to heat the skin tissue without destroying it. This focused laser treatment stimulates collagen production, allowing the skin to naturally replace damaged skin cells with new and healthy skin tissue, resulting in a younger looking, revitalized appearance. The Fraxel laser’s specialized technique also provides positive results while reducing patient healing time.
Before and After Fraxel Laser Treatment
Hugely popular among our Los Angeles clientele, a Fraxel laser treatment begins with a consult with our highly trained dermatology team in order to establish the most effective procedure plan, tailored to each patient in order to achieve the best results. In general, an effective treatment routine is 3-5 sessions with 2-4 weeks between treatments. Although results are immediate, they also improve progressively over time, with maximum results visible 2 to 3 months after treatment. At the start of the procedure your skin is cleaned and a topical anesthetic ointment is applied to the area being treated. Although timing depends on the type of Fraxel laser chosen for the procedure, treatments typically take between 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
3 Lasers with Top Results: Fraxel Dual, Fraxel Thulium and Fraxel Restore
The Fraxel Dual laser is a specialized non-invasive resurfacing treatment for improving skin that has specifically been affected by sun- damage, brown spots and excess pigment in general. In certain cases it can also be used to enhance skin that has been affected by acne and scaring. Although Fraxel laser treatment are generally ideal for delicate skin such as the neck, chest and hands, the Fraxel Dual’s specific laser tip is better for improving areas such as the back, chest, arms and legs.
This innovative laser treatment is a versatile laser designed to ensure that several issues can be addressed at once. The Fraxel Thulium laser is non-invasive and is capable of treating a wide range of skin issues. This unique laser can treat skin problems such as:
- Pre-cancerous areas
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Rough skin
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
Due to the advanced technology of the Fraxel Restore laser it is typically used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as sun spots on the face. However, this safe, multipurpose laser can be used to treat additional skin conditions such as:
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Melasma (pregnancy “mask”)
- Actinic keratosis