What is Fraxel®

Fraxel® Laser is a safe, non-invasive treatment that is effective for all skin types.  The treatments promote your skin’s own healing process.  It stimulates your own collagen to produce a healthier appearance while replacing damaged skin cells with new, fresher, glowing healthy cells. Fraxel® Laser is best suited for wrinkles, sun-damage, acne scars, and surgical scars. Most skin types can benefit from Fraxel®, so men and women of all ages may be candidates if they wish to correct damaged and aged skin. The number of sessions needed will vary depending on the patient and the condition of the skin.

What to Expect

  • Anesthesia – Topical anesthesia and cold air
  • Length of Treatment – 20 – 25 minutes for full facial treatment
  • In / Outpatient – Office procedure
  • Recovery – Minimal 2 – 4 days
  • Duration of Results – Variable, depending on number of sessions and ongoing skin care regimen

Fraxel® is used to treat the following:

As your skin ages and is exposed to the elements, such as sunlight, it begins to show signs of aging and sun damage in the appearance of wrinkles, lines and age spots. Fraxel® Restore Laser treatment can reduce many of these skin imperfections, giving you a clear and youthful complexion. In addition to treating wrinkles and age spots, the Fraxel® Restore Laser can be used to treat:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Discoloration and uneven pigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Enlarged pores

How does Fraxel Laser work to improve the appearance of the skin?

Fraxel Laser is a non-ablative skin resurfacing laser that uses microscopic laser columns to penetrate deep into the skin in order to kickstart your body’s healing response and boost collagen production. As a result, the treatment reduces the appearance of a variety of skin concerns.

What are the main differences between Fraxel Laser and other non-ablative lasers?

Fraxel Laser treatments stand out from other non-ablative laser treatments for their ability to treat a wider range of skin concerns with higher effectiveness. In addition to being more versatile, Fraxel® Laser treatments require less downtime and fewer follow-up treatments in order to keep enjoying the results.

Can Fraxel Laser be used to treat acne scars? If so, how effective is it?

Fraxel Laser treatments absolutely can help treat acne scars. In fact, Fraxel Laser is among some of the most effective treatments for mild to medium-depth acne scars.

Is there any discomfort or pain associated with Fraxel Laser treatments and, if so, is anesthesia used?

In order to make you as comfortable as possible during treatment, a topical anesthetic and cold air are used on the skin. Most patients report a slight prickling sensation during the procedure, but they do not consider it painful at all.

Are there specific precautions or skin care routines to follow before and after Fraxel Laser treatments?

For at least two weeks before your appointment you should begin wearing a minimum of 30 SPF sunscreen and refrain from tanning and using toners and cleansers that contain retinol, witch hazel, salicylic acid, alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, and vitamin C. You should not take any steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 24 hours before your procedure. rnAfter Fraxel Laser treatment you will want to avoid the same skin care ingredients for another two weeks. Immediately following treatment, you should avoid getting hot water on the treatment area and participating in strenuous exercise. You should avoid rubbing, scratching, or touching the treatment area as well as any prolonged sun exposure. Lastly, you will not be able to do any microdermabrasion or chemical peel treatments for at least 4 weeks after your treatment.

What is the typical duration of Fraxel Laser sessions, and how long do the results last?

For a full facial treatment, the session usually lasts around 20-25 minutes. Results can vary from patient to patient and can depend on how many Fraxel Laser sessions you have had before and what your skin care regimen is.

Can Fraxel Laser be used on all skin types or are there limitations based on skin tone?

Fraxel Laser is safe for all skin types and skin tones.

Are there any potential side effects or risks associated with Fraxel Laser and how rare are they?

Fraxel Laser has a very low complication rate. Some possible, but rare, side effects and risks can include scarring, infection, and irregular pigmentation.

Is there a recommended age range for individuals considering Fraxel Laser treatments?

There is no best or correct age for when an individual should have Fraxel Laser treatments as it all depends on the individual's skin concerns. This treatment is most often used by patients in their 30s or older to address signs of aging.

Can Fraxel Laser be combined with other cosmetic procedures for enhanced results?

Fraxel Laser can be combined with other cosmetic procedures like an IPL Photofacial to address redness and broken capillaries, or cosmetic injectables like Botox and Juvéderm.

5-stars-rating-ping Wonderful experience and I can’t thank the staff and William Sabbagh enough! You guys are awesome? Keep up the excellent work.


With an established track record of over 80 years, an accredited facility, and thousands of satisfied patients in the metro area, near Dearborn and Detroit, as well as throughout  Michigan and the U.S., the Straith Clinic has earned a reputation for cosmetic surgery of the face and body. To learn more about Fraxel® Laser treatment in the Detroit area, please call us today at 800-401-1212 or send us an email.