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How Does Fraxel Laser Work?

Acne scars can take a huge hit out of anyone’s self-esteem. If you suffer from acne scars, you are not alone. Around 80% of 11 to 30 year-olds deal with some degree of scarring in their lifetime. While acne scarring can be tough to deal with, the good news is that there is an efficient solution. One of the latest and most effective acne scar treatments to come out is Fraxel laser. Read on to learn how Fraxel laser works and how the treatment may be able to help you rebuild your self-confidence.

What is Fraxel Laser?

There are a number of different treatments available for healing acne scars, from Microneedling, Morpheus 8, Microdermabrasion, Photodynamic Therapy to Fraxel laser. While each treatment has its own set of pros and cons, Fraxel laser is one of the most advanced treatment options available. So, how does the Fraxel laser process actually work? Well, Fraxel laser treatment is the ideal method for patients that have mild to medium-depth acne scarring. Fraxel is actually the trademark name for a skin-resurfacing tool that uses fractional laser technology. The basic premise of the Fraxel treatment is that it uses a laser to damage scarred skin, encouraging new healthy tissue growth. Essentially, the laser gently damages the skin to gently stimulate the body’s natural healing process.dermatololgy acne scars Looking a little deeper, the Fraxel device makes microscopic injuries to specific skin areas to treat acne scars. The lasers of the Fraxel devise delve into the skin’s deepest layers, delivering advanced waves of laser energy. The skin then reacts to this process by producing new healthy cells through collagen production to heal the damage. The healthy cells end up replacing the old damaged tissues of the acne-scarred skin. Fraxel laser treatment is an FDA-approved laser procedure that stimulates cell renewal from the inside out. Most patients see excellent results within just three to four sessions. Ultimately, Fraxel laser treatment has proven itself as an effective treatment for those looking to heal their acne scars and rebuild their self-confidence. Fraxel laser treatment is a great choice for most people looking to heal their acne scars and regain their self-confidence. In Fraxel laser treatments, a laser is used to heat the scarred area of the skin, stimulating collagen production. For individuals with acne scarring, Fraxel is an ideal treatment to use. However, for patients with deep or extensive acne scarring, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results.  Because the procedure is minimaly invasive, the recovery time for most patients receiving Fraxel restore is just a couple of days.

Fraxel Dual

The type of Fraxel laser treatment is known as Fraxel dual. This type of Fraxel laser treatment is relatively new.   In Fraxel dual, two different wavelengths are generated. One of the wavelengths is used to treat superficial scarring and pigmentation. The second wavelength is used to treat deeper scars and wrinkles. The recovery time for most patients receiving Fraxel dual is about three days. However, recovery can take up to a week after receiving a Fraxel dual treatment.

How to Prepare for Fraxel Laser Treatment

If you do decide to go through the Fraxel laser treatment to obtain the skin you’ve been dreaming of, there are some preparation steps you should take to ensure the procedure goes off seamlessly. At the same time, there are no intensive preparation steps. However, it’s best to follow the following guidelines before your Fraxel laser treatment.
  • Stop all other acne treatments at least three weeks before treatment, especially topical retinoids (Retin-A and derivatives)
  • Ensure that you don’t have any major breakouts, open sores, or infections on your face
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol on the day of the treatment
  • Eat a light and healthy meal on the day of the treatment
  • Don’t have a treatment if your skin is recently tanned
The procedure will be mildly uncomfortable, but it will be worth it once you have that glowing skin you’ve been after. A topical numbing cream will be used on your skin prior to your treatment to minimize discomfort.  Your dermatologist should go over any additional preparations measures during your consultation.

dermatololgy clear skin from fraxel laserThe Takeaway: How Does Fraxel Laser Work?

At the end of the day, if your goal is to diminish your acne scars and rebuild your confidence, Fraxel laser treatment is a great option. Fraxel laser treatments are a very straight-forward process. The Fraxel laser treatments work by manipulating laser rays to produce the growth of healthy skin tissue that replaces the damaged cells of acne-scarred skin. Fraxel laser treatments are a treatment option for anyone experiencing mild to medium-depth acne scars. To promote the growth of new skin cells, the Fraxel laser treatments do wound your existing skin, but in a controlled method using laser energy. However, the damage to the skin is minor, and the recovery process lasts about a week at most. Fraxel laser treatments can help heal your acne-scarred skin, helping you rebuild healthy self-esteem. For more information about Fraxel laser treatments, please give us a call. One of our experienced dermatologists is always available to consult with you and will be more than happy to talk with you about any lingering acne scar questions or concerns you may have.

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