Everything you need to know about fraxel lasers!
What is fraxel? What is its main purpose?
Fraxel is a fractional laser that causes columns of photothermalysis in the skin to improve fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the skin.
Generally speaking, what is the cost of fraxel? What can people expect to pay?
Depending on the region you live in Fraxel of the face ranges but it is approximately $1500-$2000 per treatment of the face and more as more areas of the body including the neck, décolletage, chest, hands etc.
What are the benefits of fraxel?
Fraxel helps with both skin tightening and the quality and texture of the skin including the evenness of pigmentation and can also help with acne scars or other scarring.
How should people prepare for a fraxel procedure? For example, do certain precautions need to be taken?
To prepare for Fraxel your provider may have you use a lightening cream with hydroquinone or other brightening agents to improve hyperpigmentation before you even start the laser. We often stop tretinoin before the procedure for approximately 1-2 weeks. Intense sun must be avoided 2 weeks before or after Fraxel so plan your exotic vacations accordingly.
What can patients expect at their fraxel procedure that day?
For example, where is the procedure typically done? How long does it take? We always numb our patients for approximately 45 min before the laser. The laser takes about 15-20 min to complete and then we always apply anti-aging serums, moisturizer and sunscreen after the treatment
Is there any pain or discomfort?
Numbing is essential for a good treatment. The procedure really cannot be performed effectively without it. If you are numbed appropriately with topical cream then it is very well tolerated.
How does fraxel compare to other laser procedures?
It is the gold standard of skin resurfacing without prolonged downtime and minimal risks
What are the potential side effects of fraxel?
Whenever a laser touches your skin it can burn the skin. It is important to go to a clinic with a well trained staff and Physician Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon as the Medical Director. Hyperpigmentation in darker skin types can be seen
Is there a way to minimize potential side effects?
Avoid the sun before and after treatment. Use prescription skin brighteners such as hydroquinone and sunscreen.
What is post-treatment care like for fraxel?
Intense Moisturizers! Slugging can help.
How long do the results last?
The results are long lasting but I always recommend a series of 3-5 treatments. As this is a fractional laser it only works but doing several treatments to receive the full benefit.
What else should people know about fraxel?
Fraxel is not for every skin type so have a consultation with a well-qualified medical professional before you commit to this procedure. Be honest about your sun exposure. There can be real consequences to not reporting all of your exposures. If you have a history of herpes virus or cold sores tell your laser specialist BEFORE they start the procedure as the heat of the laser and disruption of the epidermis can result in an outbreak. We always pretreat our patients with anti-virals to prevent this.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Fraxel is a fantastic treatment! I do it on patients every day in my clinic!