Your Guide to Fraxel Laser

There is a treatment available that works to correct an array of skin issues. Acne, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and dullness are no match for a Fraxel Laser. Fraxel peels away your skin concerns, giving you the fresh complexion you’ve always wanted. It is one of our most popular treatments because it delivers glowing results.

The word “laser” can be intimidating to some patients, but there is no need to be wary. Read on to learn how this treatment can change how you look to the world.

What Fraxel Treats

The three primary skin conditions we treat with the Fraxel Laser are wrinkles, acne scarring, and sun damage. It can also help with unsightly scars. Fraxel resurfaces the skin, improving the tone and texture.

Sun damage can present itself on the skin in the form of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and loss of elasticity.  Acne scarring may include boxcar and icepick scars, or any hyperpigmentation left by acne.

The Fraxel treatment isn’t reserved just for the face. Many of our patients have the treatment performed on their hands, chest and neck, as well as the arms. We can treat almost any part of the body.

Different Types of Fraxel Lasers

There are two types of Fraxel Lasers. One is called Fraxel Restore. It is a non-ablative laser, meaning it does not create as much disruption in the skin or downtime. It is used to treat hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and dull sun-damaged skin. Fraxel Restore is a superb treatment to refresh the look and feel of your skin.

Fraxel Repair is a stronger, ablative laser that deeply resurfaces the skin. It is the gold standard for treating severe sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, and scars. It creates small wounds in the skin that stimulate the skin to boost collagen production and resurfacing processes.  It involves around one week’s worth of downtime. Our patients love the dramatic results Fraxel Repair provides.

Preparing for a Fraxel Laser Treatment

The first thing to do is schedule a consultation to see if you are an excellent candidate for the treatment. You do not want to have an active breakout or open wounds on the skin the day of the treatment. Please stop using any products containing retinoids like Retin-A, or over-the-counter retinols.

When you come in for the treatment, we will numb your skin first. The treatment takes about 20-30 minutes from start to finish.

Does It Hurt?

Fraxel laser treatment is slightly uncomfortable.  However, thanks to the skin numbing cream applied before the treatment, it is very well-tolerated.

Is There Any Downtime?

Expect three days to one week to recover. You will experience redness and skin peeling during this time.  The Fraxel Repair has a longer downtime than the Fraxel Restore.

Taking Care of Your New Skin

  • Sun protection is a must.
  • Avoid harsh skin products and prescription skin treatments unless advised otherwise.
  • Keep skin moisturized.
  • Do not pick at peeling skin.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with Drs. William Sabbagh and Marissa Baca. We are experts in our field and look forward to improving your beautiful skin.

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