It is not unusual for the texture of your skin to change over time. Textural changes can involve wrinkles and fine lines as well as sunspots or other blemishes. These changes are seldom welcome, but they do not have to be permanent. There are a number of safe and effective treatments that can resurface your skin, allowing you to look and feel younger, more radiant, and more confident.
Fraxel is a laser technology that delivers cosmetic outcomes that are significant but also natural-looking. If you are looking to enhance the appearance of your skin, the Fraxel laser may be right for you.
What is the Fraxel Laser?
The Fraxel laser is an example of non-ablative laser technology. An ablative laser works by destroying the outer layer of skin, removing it so that new layers of skin can emerge. Non-ablative lasers heat up the inner layers of skin, stimulating collagen production, but they do not do any harm to the surface of your skin.
More specifically, the Fraxel laser creates carefully targeted pockets of heat, tricking the body into believing that it has sustained an injury. The body responds by jumpstarting the production of collagen, which works to heal and restore the area where the skin has been “damaged.” With time, this surge of collagen will make the skin both smoother and firmer.
What Areas Can be Treated with the Fraxel Laser?
The Fraxel laser can be a good option for virtually anyone who wants to look younger or repair damage to their skin. It is approved for patients of just about any age or skin type. And, it can be an effective treatment for many different skin imperfections, including:
- Wrinkles, creases, and fine lines
- Acne scars
- Hyperpigmentation from acne
- Scars from traumatic injury or surgery
- Uneven or bumpy skin texture
- Age spots
- Brown sunspots
- Stretch marks
Who is not a good candidate for Fraxel laser therapy?
Generally, this treatment is not recommended for patients who have active skin conditions, including active acne outbreaks. Additionally, it may not be the best option for patients who have especially sensitive skin.
The best way to determine whether Fraxel is a good option for you is to meet with an experienced physician who can evaluate your skin and confirm your eligibility for treatment.
Where Can I Receive Fraxel Treatment?
Fraxel laser technology is typically applied to the face and neck..
What are the Benefits of Fraxel Laser Treatment?
It is crucial to keep in mind that the Fraxel laser is non-ablative, meaning it does not damage the surface of your skin. The advantage is that treatments tend to be more comfortable than with ablative lasers, and once the treatment is completed, there is really no downtime. The risk of side effects is also quite low.
The Fraxel laser modality is comparatively gentle, but that does not mean it is ineffective. On the contrary, many patients see the results they hope for after just one or two laser therapy sessions.
Does Fraxel Laser Therapy Hurt?
The Fraxel laser comes with SoftCool™ technology, which can be used throughout the procedure to prevent any discomfort. Sedation is not needed for this procedure, and most of the patients who have Fraxel laser treatment report little or no discomfort.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Fraxel Laser Treatment?
There is very little recovery time associated with the Fraxel laser. However, immediately after treatment, the treated area will appear a little red and will typically resemble a mild sunburn. There may be some slight soreness. These symptoms will clear up on their own within a day or two, and maybe accompanied by some flaking. This is nothing to be concerned with. In fact, it is proof that the therapy is working.
Most patients feel perfectly comfortable returning to work or to their other normal activities within a day.
How Long Does it Take to See Results from the Fraxel Laser?
Most patients see results from their Fraxel laser treatment within a week’s time. To achieve your desired outcome, you may need multiple treatment sessions.
Get More Details About Fraxel Laser Treatment
Laser therapy is a popular option among patients who want to restore their youthful, beautiful skin without the need for invasive surgery. If you live in the Northern Virginia area and want to know more about the Fraxel laser, we welcome you to contact us. We would love to answer all of your questions.