Concerned About the "Orange Peel" Texture Some People Report After Fraxel Re:Store, Normal?

In some reviews, people are stating that Fraxel Re:Store ruined their skin by causing a permanent "orange peel/golf ball" texture after the treatment. Many people who experienced this reported that they took all precautions and proper after-care measures, but it still occurred. I am considering having this laser done on my skin and this side effect scares me to death. I'm wondering: How often does this occur? Is it caused by the laser itself, or by misuse of the laser by the physician?

Doctor Answers 2

Fraxel and Skin Texture

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Fraxel Re:Store is an excellent treatment for skin texture.  While it is impossible to eliminate large pores, they are usually nicely improved by the treatment.  I have not experienced a permanent "orange peel" type skin in my patients.  For a week or two after treatment a rough surface with a little bronzing can be present which is the old skin working it's way off the surface.  This disappears leaving smoother, softer and smaller pored skin. 

New York Plastic Surgeon

'Orange Peel' skin post Fraxel...

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In my office, my Physician Assistants have done hundreds, if not thousands, of treatments of Fraxel and we have never seen a permanent "orange peel" effect on a patients skin.  This type of skin is normal right after the treatment and that is during the normal healing process.  After a few days the top rough skin sloughs off leaving new, fresh, glowing skin.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Grant Stevens     

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

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