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This is a very common question, not only with Fraxel, but with all forms of rejuvenation surgery. Fraxel will turn the clock back, but the clock starts ticking right away. How fast you age is mostly determined by your genetics, and exposure to sunlight and tobacco smoke. I personally had Fraxel done last year and I plan to have it done again in a few years when I become unhappy with the return of the signs of aging.
While treatment with Fraxel will bring back a more youthful appearance, the aging process does not stop. The rate of aging is different for each person with factors such as genetics, amount of time in the sun, alcohol consumption, and tobacco smoke influencing the process. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon should be consulted.
Once you have reached your goals after Fraxel treatment, you should talk to your dermatologist about maintenance. While Fraxel will treat the fine lines and textural irregularities and sun damage that you have, it doesn't stop the aging process. The signs of aging are determined by genetics (which you can't change) and by your behavior. You can't change your past, and past exposure to the sun will still cause the appearance of brown spots and wrinkles in the future. However, you can...
After the first series (usually 3 or four) of Fraxel re:Store treatments I have found that most patients are happy with a maintenance of one procedure once and occasionally twice per year.
The efficacy of Fraxel Restore is limited by the erbium wavelength which brings about much less thermal coagulation compared to Fractional CO2 laser. The advantage of Fraxel Restore is its relatively short downtime of few days and its efficacy to achieve more even skin tone; however even after 5 treatments, the clinical benefits can be very subtle even to professionally trained eyes. If you can afford week-long downtime associated with Fractional CO2 laser and find an experienced...