Fraxel Restore Laser Treatment Questions and Answers


1. What is Fraxel™ Re:store Laser Treatment (FLT) and what does it do?
The Fraxel re:store laser treatment is a revolutionary way to reverse the signs of aging. This non-surgical procedure smoothes wrinkles and scars, improves texture, tone, elasticity, color and also minimizes pore size. The result is more youthful, radiant skin with minimal down time. Any area of the body can be treated: face, chest, neck, hands! As of January 2011 we have performed approximately 3000 Fraxel re:store Laser Treatments.

2. How is it different than other anti-aging treatments and how does it work?
Fraxel re:store is unlike any other rejuvenating skin treatment. Unlike old ablative lasers which remove the top layer of skin, the FLT procedure affects the skin surface by producing thousands of tiny microscopic wounds which penetrate deep into the dermis. These “microthermal zones” are separated by areas of unaffected tissue. The spared tissue between treatment zones promotes rapid healing of the treated area while stimulating collagen production.

3. What other applications can FLT be used for?
FLT has been found to be affective in treating acne scars, surgical scars and traumatic scars.

4. How long does a treatment take and what will I look like afterwards? When will I see results?
Treatments last between 10-80 minutes. Side effects are minimal and typically involve mild-to-moderate swelling and redness which usually subsides within several days. Skin may also appear to have a bronzed appearance for several days. Routine activities can be resumed immediately after treatment. Most patients return to work within 1-3 days. Make-up may be worn the next day if desired. Many patients see improvement in discoloration and texture immediately followed by improvement in wrinkles and scars within months.

5. How many treatments are needed and how often can I be treated?
We recommend at least 3 treatments for optimal results. Four to six treatments may be needed for patients with significant scarring and wrinkles. Treatments are usually performed 4 to 6 weeks apart.

6. How can I maximize my result and maintain them?
Since your skin will continue to age naturally, we recommend maintaining your results by using physician-strength rejuvenation products at home and having periodic FLT annually or semi-annually. Periodic FLT’s will help slow down the aging process and keep your skin younger looking, longer. As always, wear a hat and sunscreen when outdoors.

7. How should I prepare for my treatment?
During your pre-Fraxel consultation visit we will discuss which products are best to use prior to, during and after your treatment. Botox may be recommended prior to FLT to relax facial movement in key areas (such as crows feet, frown lines and forehead creases) allowing for better laser penetration into deeper wrinkles. For two weeks prior avoid sun exposure and self tanner and wear a SPF 30 sunscreen daily.

8. Are there any side effects and risks?
Common temporary side effects include redness, swelling, dryness, fine flaking and itching. Significant risks are minimal and may include pigmentation changes, blistering and crusting. Scarring is extremely rare.

9. Can Fraxel re:store treatments be combined with other rejuvenation treatments?
Absolutely, V-Beam Laser can be used to remove redness and blood vessels. Botox can be combined with FLT to relax deep wrinkles. Juvederm, Radiesse and Artefill can be injected into deep creases and lips.
NEW for 2008: Our GentleYag Laser tightens and lifts skin with no down time. Perfect in combination with Fraxel re:store to maximize your rejuvenation!

10. Does FLT’s have FDA clearance?
Yes, the Fraxel Laser is FDA cleared for the treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, tone and texture improvement.

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Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon