Fraxel Laser Overview

*Treatment results may vary


Dr. Jason Emer explains the fraxel laser procedure.

Fraxel laser treatments are used to treat wrinkles, aging skin, acne scarring, rough texture, pigmentation, and fine lines. There are three different forms of Fraxel lasers including ablative and non-ablative lasers.

Types of Fraxel lasers and results

  • Fraxel re:fine - A non-ablative treatment mostly used for prevention and maintenance. Treatments can result in smoother, fresher skin with improved tone and texture. It can potentially treat brown spots on the skin and reduce fine lines around the eyes.

  • Fraxel Dual 1550/1927 - A non-ablative treatment that utilizes two lasers to target aging and damaged skin. The treatment resurfaces your skin and stimulates the growth of new skin and collagen production. It can also improve the appearance of acne and surgical scars. 

  • Fraxel re:pair - An ablative treatment, Fraxel re:pair is the most aggressive of the Fraxel treatments. It can produce results after one treatment, while the other procedures will likely need multiple treatments. Fraxel re:pair treats the most severe skin damage. In can result is smother skin texture and tone, and softened frown lines and deep wrinkles. 

Recovery and side effects

The recovery depends on which Fraxel treatment you receive. There is minimal to no downtime following a non-ablative treatment. Fraxel re:pair will require more recovery and you could experience symptoms of a sunburn for a week or longer. 

Significant side effects are fairly uncommon according to most doctors. When they do occur, they usually include prolonged redness, swelling, blistering, hyperpigmentation, and acne flare up. Many patients don't experience anything more than they would after a mild sunburn.

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