Does the pain after Fraxel laser treatments feel mild or more intense, like a sunburn?
What Can I Expect in Terms of Pain After Having Fraxel Laser Treatments to Remove Surgical Scars?
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After Fraxel Laser - briefly feels like minor sunburn
The mild discomfort following a Fraxel laser treatment feels and looks like a mild sunburn and typically only lasts a few hours.
I do not know what you have been told but you cannot remove surgical scars. You can make them less noticeable by make up camouflage, scar flattening, redirecting scar direction or laser to repigment or depigment them. It is impossible to erase them. If someone has told you then can erase them you should run in the opposite direction and not give them your money.
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Pain or discomcort after Fraxel treatment tends to be mild.
Dear writer, pain or discomcort after Fraxel treatment tends to be mild. It does feel like a sunburn immediately after the treatment, but it typically subsides very quickly. Although some patients may always experience higher pain levels after Fraxel or any other cosmetic laser procedure, commonly there is only mild pain or discomfort for a day or two after Fraxel. If this the case, patients can take ibuprofen over-the-counter for ease of the discomfort. Applying cold compresses for fifteen to twenty minutes of every hour until bedtime on the day of the procedure is very helpful to reduce swelling and pain immediaty post fraxel. It is important to mention that the energy settings used to treat surgical scars may be higher than for other cosmetic uses/conditions, depending on the scar, leading to somewhat higher pain levels. However, overall the procedure is very well tolerated by patients during treatment and after.
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